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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

 

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider front angle view

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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider front angle view

It isn’t saying how, but Alfa Romeo has been improving its midengined, carbonfibre tubbed 4C sports car. Take the steering. In earlier 4Cs, its weight would vary as you swivelled it, a disconcerting sensation in any car, let alone a rapid sportster with a low centre of gravity and fat wads of grip.
We’ve now sampled a smoother riding 4C too, the smaller wheeled, higher sidewalled standard version, which also does without a rear anti roll bar, managing a usefully better job of absorbing sharp-edged bumps. The right hand-drive version of the 4C has also emerged, and unlike many past Alfas, the conversion leaves a pretty decent driving position unspoiled. These discoveries arrive with the launch of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider version of the 4C, whose removable roof adds yet another dimension.

 

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So the arrival of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, whose main area of modification obviously majors on the roof, promises little dynamic improvement. Still, the conversion, which consists of a fabric roll-up top supported by carbonfibre windscreen surround reinforcement, a modified rollover hoop and an engine-bay strut brace, adds only 15.5kg. The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider also gets air conditioning, parking sensors, a leather-skinned dashboard and heftier, less ugly headlights, adding further mass (in total, it weighs 45kg more than the coupé) and an absurd £14,500 to its price, taking it beyond Porsche Boxster GTS money.

 

The roof is similar to that of a Lotus Elise, if slightly less fiddly to use and vastly better sealed. It has little effect on rigidity, which feels immense and almost never allows rut triggered windscreen shimmy. Descend to the elegantly slender seat and you’re faced by the same wheel as the coupé’s, whose fat, paddleshift- bearing spokes and thick rim make its leathery flat-bottomed ness surprisingly difficult to grasp. That matters in a Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, because you need to get and doggedly maintain a grip on it on anything other than tile-smooth asphalt. Wheels that track the earth’s surface with a satellite’s certainty may sound like a keen driver’s dream, but when you’re charging along straights at threefigure speeds and find your mount darting capriciously for the verge, you’ll be clinging to that wheel like an iceberg-dodging mariner. The newer Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is marginally better in this regard than it was, but not nearly enough.

 

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider specifications

 

Price                                           £59,500
Engine                                        4 cyls, 1742cc, turbo, petrol
Power                                         234bhp at 6000rpm
Torque                                       258lb ft at 2200-4250rpm
Gearbox                                     6-spd dual-clutch auto
Kerb weight                               940kg
Top speed                                 160mph
0-62mph                                  4.5sec
Economy                                  40.9mpg (combined)

 

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