It’s going to be a very exciting day for us when we see one these coming down the road. We’re talking about the new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider which will land on U.S. shores this August according to parent company Fiat Chrysler. Pricing will start at $65,495, about $10,000 more than the standard coupe version. Expect them to go fast though. All of special Launch Edition hardtops, priced in the upper $60s, are sold already.
The 4C Spider is virtually the same as the hardtop coupe version with a few tweaks, like a new carbon fiber windshield and a new improved sound system. Plus of course it’s more summer-worthy thanks to the droptop. A canvas one comes standard, you’ll have to pay $3,500 for a removable carbon fiber hardtop. Other options include a carbon fiber roll bar (Alfa calls it a “halo”), endless wheel choices that upgrade from the standard 17-inch Front/18-inch Rear Silver Alloys, and a racing exhaust package.
Under the hood, look for an all-aluminum 1.75-liter turbocharged, direct injection, four-cylinder engine that delivers 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque like its sibling. A six-speed twin-clutch transmission sends power to the rear wheels through an electronic limited slip differential. That, plus the launch control function, pushes the 4C Spider to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. Top speed is 160 mph.
“Spiders have always been at the very core of the ‘Great Alfa Romeos,’ and our all-new 4C Spider builds on the brand’s motorsport and technology heritage for an open-air experience that is pure driving exhilaration,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo North America. “From its track-proven 1750 turbocharged engine, to its hand-laid carbon fiber monocoque chassis, the 4C Spider takes the innovation and ingenuity of the 4C and delivers an open-air experience without sacrificing any of its supercar-level performance and capability.”
Inside, you’ll find a no-nonsense racing style cockpit with two bucket seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a configurable thin-film transistor (TFT) screen that replaces the traditional instrument cluster. Some coupe options are standard features on the Spider, like the full leather interior. There is also a new Alpine premium audio system that replaces the old Parrot stereo. It gives you everything you come to expect these days, handsfree Bluetooth phone, Bluetooth streaming, USB port, iPod interface and CD/MP3 capabilities. Plus, you’ll get access to HD radio and SiriusXM Radio.
Alfa Romeo is taking orders for the 4c Spider now and expect deliveries to begin in August.