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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider: Detroit Auto Show

What Is It?

The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is essentially a convertible version of Alfa Romeo’s newly released 4C, which only recently went on sale in the United States. Due to the car’s mid-engine design, the 4C Spider doesn’t offer a folding top. Instead, it has a lift-off targa top, which is similar to what you’ll find in a Chevrolet Corvette or Lotus Elise, that exposes the 4C’s passenger compartment to the sunlight.

Aside from the new top, the 4C Spider is largely the same as the standard 4C. It sports a 240-horsepower turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, a dual-clutch automatic transmission and a 0-to-60 mph time of about 4.1 seconds. Despite the added architecture necessary for a convertible model, Alfa says the 4C Spider weighs only 22 lbs more than its hardtop stablemate.

According to Alfa, initial models will offer a canvas top, which easily stows in the car’s trunk area. Later models will offer an optional carbon-fiber roof that is capable of staying put at speeds of up to 160 mph, offering added security from the elements.

How Much?

Alfa hasn’t announced finalized pricing yet, but given that the regular 4C starts around $55,000 with shipping, we expect the 4C Spider to be closer to $60,000 before options.

When Can You Get It?

Summer 2015

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

As if the standard Alfa Romeo 4C wasn’t exciting enough, now we have the 4C Spider to increase our desire for this high-performance Italian sports car. Simply put, the 4C is one of the most thrilling, and beautiful, cars on sale now, and the droptop version only enhances its appeal. Of course, a tiny 2-seat sports car might not be for everyone, but if you’re in the car’s target market (and you know who you are), we suspect that you’ll find it difficult to resist the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Porsche Boxster — If you think the 4C is just a little too small and cramped, the Boxster might be the right car for you. Pricing is similar and performance is stellar, but the Boxster offers more room and more luxury.

Used Lotus Elise — Unfortunately for performance-minded drivers who love carving corners in their sports cars, the Elise is no longer on sale. You can, however, still pick up a used one and get 190 hp, two seats, mid-engine construction and a reliable Toyota powertrain.

Used Porsche 911 — Although the starting price of Porsche’s iconic 911 is roughly 50 percent higher than the 4C, used models are certainly worth looking into. You’ll get amazing performance and a legendary design, along with more luxury than the Alfa offers.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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