Interested buyers in the United States would have to move fast if they want to get a hold of one of the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spiders as only 400 examples will be sold annually in North America, disclosed Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo in the country.
Reidland said Alfa has no plans to expand output of the hand-built, lightweight, mid-engine coupe, which usually takes at least six week to build each. For those who were and are willing to wait to get their own Spiders, they could start receiving their units as early as summer this year.
The units are powered by a 237-hp, 1.7-liter turbocharged aluminum inline-four engine that allows the 4C Spider to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. “Like fine art, this vehicle needs to be understood to be appreciated,” Bigland said.
While the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider that Alfa unveiled at the Detroit auto show is the production version, it differs slightly from the concept shown at Geneva and Paris auto shows. For one, its curb weight is lighter at just 2,487 lbs, thanks to the extensive use of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic.
However, the US versions are 342 lbs heavier than their European counterparts to comply with US safety regulations and to adjust for ride comfort.
It has a fuel economy rating of 24 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined. The 4C Spider features a removable canvas top as standard, which comes with foldable carbon-fiber-reinforcing bars for easy storage in the coupe rear space.