Alfa Romeo Spider has debuted at the Geneva International Motor Show after much speculation and distant adulation. A limited run of only 500 are to be made, just like sibling 8C Competizione.

Alfa Romeo, though in better financial health these days than before, is being cautious with its latest sensation the 8C Spider. Only a limited run of 500 will be made of these V8 machines – most of which are going to “important markets” like the USA, Italy, Germany and Japan –, but could increase if there’s sufficient demand.

Spider is essentially the topless version of the hot coupe, bar the roof. It uses electro-hydraulics to open or close itself when a button on the dash is pushed. Several colours adorn the roof to ensure that yours and the Jones’s don’t even resemble each other on the driveways.

At its heart is the respected Fiat Group family 4.7-litre V8 that makes 331kW at 7000rpm and 480Nm of torque at 4,750rpm at 8C Competizione. Sporty as they come, 8C Spider makes use of a 6-speed self-shifter that can be operated via the fingers behind the steering wheel. Specially developed 20-inch tyres ensure grip at most times in conjunction with the VDC traction control system.

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