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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Concept Boasts New Soft-Top in Geneva

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/4/2014 Karla Sanchez
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Concept

Watch out, Mazda MX-5 Miata. A new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider concept debuted at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show this week, previewing a new model that's scheduled to go into production in 2015.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider concept is just like the 4C coupe in several ways. In terms of appearance, it looks just like the coupe except for the hardtop, which has been replaced with a lightweight soft-top canvas. Although the topless 4C concept weighs more than the coupe, designers were able to keep the extra weight down to just 132 lbs by using carbon fiber for the rollover bars, rear spoiler, and windscreen frame, so as to not compromise the 4C coupe's structural rigidity. Because the 4C Spider concept's monocoque is made entirely from carbon fiber, the material is found all throughout the inside of the cabin in places such as the center console, door sills, and rear bulkhead.

It should come as no surprise the Spider concept is mechanically related to the 4C coupe. That means it gets a 1.7-liter turbo-four that drives the rear wheels via a six-speed twin-clutch transmission, and with that, Alfa says its performance numbers should be almost identical to the coupe, including its 0-62-mph time of 4.5 seconds.

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Concept Boasts New Soft-Top in Geneva

The 4C Spider concept does get a few extra goodies, though. New is an exhaust system that features an electrically operated valve system that Alfa Romeo says improves performance and enhances the exhaust note with a push of a button. Also notable are the concept’s new carbon fiber clamshell headlights, which give’s the 4C’s mug a more finished looked compared to the coupe’s units. The Alfa Romeo 4C coupe is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. in May, so we hope it won't be much longer until we see the topless 4C Spider on our shores.

Source: Alfa Romeo

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