Detroit LIVE: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider [Video]by Ronan Glon
The 4C Spider is nearly identical to the 4C Spider Concept.
Fiat-owned Alfa Romeo will travel to the Detroit Motor Show to introduce the 2015 4C Spider.
As expected, the 4C Spider is essentially identical to the 4C Spider Concept that bowed last year at the Geneva Motor Show but it is equipped with an integrated roll bar and a removable roof panel crafted out of carbon fiber. The convertible tips the scale at 2,487 pounds - just 20 pounds more than the standard 4C - thanks in part to the use of 10-percent thinner glass and a windshield frame that is made out of carbon fiber.
While the 4C coupe was launched with oft-criticized headlights that give it a bug-like look, the Spider comes standard with more conventional-looking units that are similar to ones found on the concept. Interestingly, coupe buyers will be able to order their car with the more conventional units at no extra cost. New alloy wheel designs and a wide selection of exterior colors round out the updates.
Power for the 4C Spider comes from a turbocharged and direct-injected 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine borrowed from the 4C coupe. It sends 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque to the rear wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, enough to propel the 4C Spider from zero to 60 mph in roughly 4.1 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 160 mph. An Akrapovic exhaust system and Pirelli P Zero tires are available at an extra cost.
Buyers looking to race their 4C can order the optional Track Package. It brings high-performance shock absorbers, upgraded sway bars on both ends and a sprinkling of extra carbon fiber trim inside and out.
Following its debut in Detroit, the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider will arrive at dealerships across the nation next summer. Pricing information will be published in the weeks leading up to its on-sale date.
Live photos by Brian Williams.