Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Design Preview unveiled at Geneva

Alfa Romeo has unveiled their new 4C Spider Design Preview at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Design Preview shows a new model due to go into production next year. The 4C Spider Design Preview is a soft-top design based on the 4C with influence from previous Spider models, with the addition of new headlamps, new wheels an advanced new central exhaust system by Akropovic. It takes full advantage of the ultra-rigid construction and distinctive design of the 4C coupe to produce a lightweight convertible that provides a thrilling drive.

The Spider weighs just 60kg more than the 4C coupe. To keep the increase in weight to a minimum, Alfa Romeo have used carbon fibre rollover bars, spoilers and windscreen frame and replaced the glass rear window with a continuation of the SMC bodywork (Sheet Moulding Compound). Alfa Romeo have also opted for a lightweight canvas soft top. Combined, this has ensured that the 4C's structural rigidity, mechanical purity and low weight philosophy are not compromised with the addition of an open top.

The purposeful stance and stunning form of the 4C Spider ensures the highest levels of aerodynamic efficiency and downforce, giving impressive high-speed stability and minimal open-top air turbulence in the passenger compartment.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Design Preview debuts a new dual-stage central exhaust system with titatnium and carbon tailpipes by Akrapovic, a company which produces competition exhaust systems for numerous motorcycle classes include Moto GP, Superbike, Supersport, Motocross and Enduro. The new exhaust system features an electronically operated valve system to improve performance, and the driver can enhance the exhaust note by pushing a wirelessly linked button.

New carbon fibre clamshell headlights have been fitted, as well as new alloy wheels which have been milled from solid aluminium blocks and shod with bespoke Pirelli tyres.

Powered by Alfa Romeo's new four-cylinder, all-aluminium, 1750 Turbo Petrol engine, the 4C Spider's performance is almost identical to the hardtop. It achieves 0 – 62mph in just 4.5 seconds and the top speed is in excess of 155mph.