The open-top alternative to the coupe was introduced at the Detroit Motor Show. The exquisite aesthetics of the 4C coupe have not been compromised and the transition to the Spider has produced a car that is even more spectacular and modern. The new model is a seamless blend of a single sculpted hoop in aluminium and carbon fibre, and a sleek curved body
Transforming coupes into convertibles is an ambitious move, but in this case it totally pays off. A new range of alloy wheels, measuring 17in in diameter up front and 18in at the rear, unique single-lens headlights and a carbon fibre complete the exquisitely- designed open-topped Spider. The soft folding roof features an optional carbon fibre hardtop.
There aren’t significant changes in the interior with the exception of the improved Alpine system with Bluetooth streaming. There are also more grim options and a wider choice of colours. Other subtle changes include a new center-mount exhaust system with dual carbon-titanium pipes and covered headlamps, which are a nifty design element.
The same turbocharged 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque powers the Spider. A decided advantage is the fact that the 4C’s weight gain has no impact on the car’s performance with acceleration from 0 to 62 mph pinning 4.5 seconds and a top speed in excess of 155 mph. Braking, lateral acceleration, and weight distribution remain unaffected.
The new 4C Spider is a beautiful and compact sports car – in the spirit of Italian craftsmanship. The weight gain has been kept to a minimum and glass for both the windscreen and side windows is 10 per cent thinner than on its predecessor.
The design preview is still at the conceptual stage and is expected to hit stores later in 2015 with price announced at $55,195.