It’s fair to say the Alfa Romeo 4C has had mixed reviews in the UK. Sure, it’s very pretty and quick, but the suspension can’t quite cope with our uniquely knackered roads.
We’ll have to wait and see if the new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider addresses any of the issues. But it’s even prettier and has a hundred miles of headroom when the roof’s off, so any shortcomings might be more forgivable.
So, what’s new? The styling has been altered with new covered headlights, rather than the coupe’s controversial multi-element items, and at the back the coupe’s fastback roofline has made way for a classic buttress arrangement.
Chopping out the roof necessitated some structural modifications to the carbonfibre monocoque chassis. Most significantly there’s a new aluminium rollover structure, reinforced carbonfibre windscreen surround and a high-strength steel brace in the engine bay.
A cloth roof comes as standard; carbon lid will be available as an option later. The aero has been tweaked a bit to make sure there isn’t too much wind noise and buffeting.
The is unchanged, a 1.75-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit producing 240bhp and 258lb/ft of torque. In the flyweight 4C (the coupe weighs 895kg) that translates to 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 160mph.
Standard kit includes an upgraded Alpine stereo, better interior trim and a car cover and cleaning kit(!). Parking sensors and cruise control are no-cost options. If you’ve got trackdays in mind, there’s a carbonfibre intake system, as well. Incidentally, the Spider’s headlights are now optional on the coupe.
All this will set you back £59,500, around £8,000 more than the coupe. Order books are open now.
By Only Motors