This is the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, the opentop brother of the extremely lovely 4C coupe launched a couple of years ago. Gorgeous, innit?

The coupe has received a mixed reception in the UK, particularly the handling. Hopefully the Spider will be better tuned to our… unique road conditions.

Anyway, the 4C Spider shares the carbonfibre chassis tub with the coupe. Only the styling at the rear has changed significantly, the closed car’s fastback shape giving way to buttresses and a horizontal engine cover. Three functional heat extractors and a rear spoiler finish it off.

There’s a choice between cloth and carbonfibre lids; the windscreen surround and rear hoop act as rollover protection. And, mercifully, the coupe’s insectoid, multi-element headlamps have been switched for more conventional and vastly prettier units.

Mechanically, the 4C Spider is unchanged. A 1.75-litre, four-cylinder turbo engine producing 237bhp powers the flyweight car, enough for 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 160mph. A new titanium exhaust from Akropovich will hopefully improve the rather flatulent soundtrack.

The 4C Spider goes on sale in the UK this summer. Prices and specs will be announced nearer the time.

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