We already told you that Alfa Romeo will unveil the 4C Spider Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show so don’t act surprised! Set to go in production in early 2015, the 4C Spider Concept was designed by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre and features the ultra-rigid construction and distinctive design of the coupe version.
Still, the open top version promises to bring the driving experience into even sharper focus as the sounds and sensations of the performances will fill the cabin. Just like any other spider version, the 4C Spider concept needed structural reinforcement required by safety regulations for open-top vehicles.
As a result, the 4C Spider Concept weighs slightly more than the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe but thanks to the use of carbon fibre for the rollover bars, spoilers and windscreen frame, as well as the adoption of a lightweight canvas soft top and the replacement of the glass rear screen with a continuation of the SMC bodywork, the mechanical purity and low weight philosophy are not compromised.
Thanks to the use of lightweight materials, the additional weight of the open-top transformation has been limited to approximately 60 kg. The carbon fiber also dominates the interior, but not in terms of design as the monocoque of the 4C Spider Design Preview is constructed entirely from this distinctive material. This is clearly visible in the centre console, door sills and rear bulkhead.
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Concept also introduces a new dual-stage central exhaust system with titanium and carbon tailpipes by Akrapovic.
Under the hood, we find the same four-cylinder, all-aluminium, 1750 Turbo Petrol engine used by the coupe version that delivers 240 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Performance figures are identical to the coupe version: 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds and a top speed in excess of 250 km/h or 155 mph.