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.
Building on the innovative themes of technology, operation, and Italian styling, the brand-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider adds on to the company's journey that started with the 8C Competizione in 2008, the 8C Spider in 2009, the 4C Coupe in 2015, and, most recently, the 4C Spider Concept that launched at the 84th International Geneva Motor Show.
Drawing inspiration from the 33 Stradale, Alfa Romeo’s brand-new 4C Spider elevates this classic race car mid-engine body shapes and continues its strong and lightweight performing heritage with sheet-moulded compound (SMC) composite panels creating its alluring Italian style and "dressing" its advanced carbon fibre monocoque chassis and all-aluminium 1750 cc turbocharged, direct-injected engine.
Encasing the heartbeat of this Italian supercar is a lid with three practical heat extractors and a streamlined-tuned spoiler. And it is from the 4C Spider's heartbeat that all the other design elements begin: two brawny forms bestride the hood’s rear and lift the body over the cockpit's waistline for a strong appearance and base for the black or optional carbon fibre "halo."
The fascia in back and rounded rear LED taillamps integrate into the strong rear wings for a forceful posture, while stylishly incorporating ample practical air inlets to cool down the engine. Underneath, twin exhausts mounted in the corners highlight the 4C Spider's supercar poise. With the 4C Spider Concept as inspiration, a new, Akrapovic twin-mode centre-mounted performance exhaust system will be an available option on the 4C Spider (later availability).
On either side of the brand-new 4C Spider, the sculptured air inlet springs a brawny and energetic shape that lead gracefully into the headlights. Accentuating its unique monocoque is a carbon fibre windscreen structure, promoting power and lightness, while allowing for the points for attachment for the removable, storable cloth roof, or optional exposed carbon-fibre hardtop (later availability).