The highly anticipated Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has made its global debut this week in Detroit during 2015 NAIAS. The Italians have managed to maintain the gorgeous appearance of the coupe and have installed a removable and stowable cloth top but at an additional cost the customer will be able to order an exposed carbon fiber hardtop. Unlike the coupe which has bug-eyed headlights, the Spider gets significantly more appealing light clusters along with a deck lid featuring three functional heat extractors.
The vehicle can also be distinguished by the aerodynamically optimized spoiler and LED taillights. Alfa Romeo is also offering an optional Akrapovic exhaust system packing centrally-positioned pipes with carbon fiber surrounds. The car can ride on one of the various wheels ranging in sizes from 17 to 19 inches while the exterior can be painted in seven colors, including the exclusive Giallo (yellow) hue. Compared to the 4C Coupe, the Spider is only 10 kg (22 lbs) heavier and that extra weight comes from the added roof complexity.
Just like its fixed roof sibling, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has a 1.75-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine packing 237 bhp (177 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) channeled to the rear axle via a dual-clutch gearbox. It will do the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint in just 4.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 160 mph (258 km/h).
The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is scheduled to reach dealerships in North America this summer while details about European availability are not available at this point.
Source: Alfa Romeo