Since its announcement at the Geneva Auto show, the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider was all the people have been talking about. Luckily we are nearing its release date as it has been scheduled to finally make an appearance in the first part of the next year at the North American market. The vehicle will be a tad remodeled compared to the previous 2014 version and will include a removable top this time and also get some additional bodywork done to it. The model’s initial release can be seen in the given pictures here and you can immediately see how it has changed compared to the previous look.
But there are some changes that cannot be seen as they are happening underneath the car, that is hwere having a review instead of a picture comes useful. Underneath the bodywork there have been some structural changes made and some support parts added so the new carbon fiber frame of the car could be supported. Actually the newly used materials in this design add a total of 132 pounds ot the car, but the Italian manufacturer says that it will not affect the vehicle’s performance in any major way. The engine has been tweaked up for better performance while no change has been made to the gearbox choices this time.
This marks the return of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider vehicle to the North American market after a stint of a period of a time. The car is largely expected to make a comeback and people are really excited that the potential of the North American market can still make it worthwhile releasing this car here. Thus the prices for US and Canada are already available and will come with the release of the car available this summer.
2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider exterior
Much of the new 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider exterior design still reflects on the 4C Coupe version of it. It transfers the front fascia, the center V-shape grille and even the lower grille to this new design. It also uses the deeply creased hood with a sloping beltline design very nicely. The beltline flows into the rear air inlets actually which goes just behind the doors and the rear spoiler part which ends with an Alfa Romeo emblem and a third brake light at the back. The taillights have also been kept the same as the Spider uses the same Ferrari-ones as before.
The new additions on the other hand have been well-merged with the old ones. The headlights have been remodeled and there are more wheel options added this time. Also the there is a new titanium exhaust system which has some carbon tips to it and a new decklid design with a new roof design that cab ne removed this time. The windshield brace is also made from carbon fiber material and offers additional support which combines with a matching carbon fiber B-pillars. Together those two parts hold the removable top part.
The interior of the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has not changed considerably with its 2014 version, but there are some new additions for the car that have been made. They include some less materials that cover the carbon fiber tub and different leather upholstery which differentiates the Coupe and the Spider versions. The car still holds a driver orientated cockpit with a center stack fully devoted to the driver and the same flat-bottomed steering wheel which goes with a TFT screen placed inside the instrument cluster. The sports seats are the same one transferred from eh Coupe version and they actually are greatly incorporated here as they provide additional back support. They come wrapped with some premium leather and accent stitching which make also an aesthetically appealing combination.
Some fine incorporated machinery includes the new Alpine sound system which comes with hands-free Bluetooth phone connection and audio streaming and also the inevitable a USB port, an iPod interface, and CD/MP3 capabilities. There are also now five different interior color combination present that you can choose from. Take a pick between Black leather with Red accent stitching, red leather with red accent stitching, Black leather with Giallo accent stitching, Racing seats wrapped in black leather with microfiber inserts and red or yellow accent stitching. There is also a sixth addition, the Tobacco leather with black accent options, which has been announced to be made available a bit later after the release.
The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider will use the same engine that was matted under the hood of the 4C Coupe car, meaning that the 1.75-liter, turbocharged, inline-four-cylinder engine will be used again. This engine has dual continuous variable valve timing, direct injection and a “scavenging control system” which eliminates the turbo lag that happens sometimes. All of this enables a power output of 240 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque between 2,100 and 4,000 rpm. The engine is also good for reducing the total weight of 49 pounds as it is made from aluminum.
The transmission will be the Alfa’s TCT automatic twin-dry-clutch with paddle shifters which has both sequential and automatic modes available. The shifting can be done very quickly as it has one of the fasters automatic shifters in the segment. It can speed up from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and also achieves a top speed of 160 mph.
Wheelbase: 7 ft. 9.7 in. (93.7 in.)
Length: 13 ft. 1 in. (157 in.)
Width: 73.5 in
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 3.7 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 2465 lbs.
Top Speed: 160 mph
0-60: 4.1 sec
MPG: 24/34 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Basalt Grey Metallic, Black, Madreperla White Tri-Coat, Rosso Alfa, Rosso Competizione Tri-Coat, White …
Towing Capacity: N/A
Price and release date
The car is going to be available at the North American market next year. You can get your 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider at the beginning of summer as its release date is scheduled for that period The base price has been set at $63,900.
More interesting details you can see and read on this official PDF document.