Snapped: Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
Stuck in line waiting to throw your money at the new Alfa Romeo 4C? It seems you’ll have some other options very, very shortly. The folks over at the UK’s Autoexpress have snapped a few pictures of what appears to be a near-production-ready Alfa 4C Spider, and it looks quite good. Based on what we can see, Alfa has gone for a lightweight removable targa-style roof instead of a heavier electric-folding setup. The move undoubtedly saves a significant amount of heft in order to keep the curb weight of this diet-conscious roadster as close to its 1973-pound sister.
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But the Spider’s evolution is expected to be more complex than just dropping the top. Underneath, a switchable Akrapovic carbon-titanium exhaust is expected, which allows drivers to dial-up or dial-down the volume of the engine note. The 4C Spider also looks to ditch the bug-eyed headlights originally optioned on the hardtop coupe in favor of clear projectors.
One thing that won’t change however, is Alfa’s 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which remains staunchly in the middle of the car, mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Performance should match the hardtop’s 4.3-second jaunt from zero to 60mph and top out at 155mph, though we can’t imagine ever maxing one of these with the top down.
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Total production will likely equal the coupe’s allocation of 3,500 vehicles, and prices are expected at around $60,000. Ready you’re toupee glue; it’s time to get in line for one of the 4C Spiders.