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Geneva LIVE: Alfa Romeo 4C Spider concept

by Justin King

Alfa\'s 4C goes topless, with extensive use of carbon fiber.

Confirming earlier rumors, Alfa Romeo has introduced a topless version of its 4C sports car.

The 4C Spider relies on carbon fiber to help keep its curb weight under 1,000 kg, using the lightweight material for part of the chassis, roll-bar covers, windshield frame, headlights and interior elements.

The company has also integrated a dual-stage central exhaust concept, built with titanium and carbon tailpipes by exhaust specialist Akrapovic. An internal valve switches between different modes for "full Spider spirit," restrained driving or sports driving.

As expected, the 4C Spider retains the same 1.75-liter four-cylinder turbocharged mill as its hardtop counterpart, producing 240 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Power finds its way to the wheels via an automatic dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters.

Alfa Romeo promises that its suspension tuning on the 4C Spider provides the same handling experience as the 4C Coupe. The dynamic system provides four basic modes for different driving conditions, including a 'Race' setting for the track.

The 4C Spider will be on display this week at the Geneva Motor Show. Availability has yet to be fully detailed, though it is rumored to be heading to US showrooms early next year.

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