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2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Pricing Released, Starts at $65,495

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On: Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 11:05AM | By: Carl Malek

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Pricing Released, Starts at $65,495

With the Alfa Romeo 4C spider expected to arrive in Fiat/Alfa Romeo showrooms very soon, FCA has released the official pricing for the sleek convertible, a key factor in its battle against segment icons such as the Porsche Boxster.

Featuring a base price of $65,495 (which includes the $1,495 destination fee), FCA revealed that it expects to being deliveries of the Spider sometime in August, which would allow the 4C spider to take advantage of the last leg of summer driving for many consumers, especially in cold weather states. As expected from an Alfa Romeo product, the 4C Spider will arrive with a small handful of exotic options which include a specially crafted carbon fiber roll bar (known as a "Halo" in Alfa-speak), a removable lightweight carbon fiber hardtop, and a special racing exhaust package that can easily push the car past $70,000 when they are all selected.

"Spiders have always been at the very core of the 'Great Alfa Romeos', and our all-new 4C Spider builds on the brand's motorsport and technology heritage for an open-air experience that is pure driving exhilaration," stated Alfar Romeo Chief for North America Reid Bigland in an official announcement earlier this week. "From its track-proven 1750 turbocharged engine to its hand-laid carbon fiber monocoque chassis, the 4C Spider takes the innovation and ingenuity of the 4C and delivers an open-air experience without sacrificing any of its supercar level performance and capability."

Other than its removable roof assembly, the 4C Spider is essentially identical to the 4C Coupe with the convertible weighing at a relatively lightweight 2,487 lbs (only 20 lbs more than the equally featherweight coupe). Some of this weight saving was achieved by using 10 percent thinner glass for the windshield, as well as making the windshield's frame out of carbon fiber versus conventional metal. While the 4C coupe debuted a headlight design that was widely panned by critics due to its "bug-eyed" appearance, the Spider ditches those units in lieu of a more conventional design that still looks sharp and distinct. The Spider also debuts all-new wheel designs, as well as several new exterior colors that help add more pop to the car's color pallete. The interior changes little from the coupe—it still boasts the same driver-centric layout that we have come to love in the coupe. Some neat touches were added such as a flat-bottomed steering wheel, and a configurable TFT that replaces conventional analog guages. Both 4C models also feature manual steering, and are two of the few cars in their segment that actually offer A/C as a piece of optional equipment (thankfully at no extra cost.)

Performance for the 4C Spider comes from a 1.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is borrowed from its coupe sibling. Good for a healthy 237 horsepower, the engine sends all of its grunt to the rear wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission which allows the Spider to make the sprint to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and reach a final top speed of 160 mph. As mentioned earlier, a specially crafted Akrapovic-branded racing exhaust system is available as a piece of optional equipment while sticky Pirelli P Zero tires also make their appearance on the options list. In addition, the coupe's popular Track Package (stiffer suspension and interior upgrades) also carries over and should make the Spider a compelling partner when pushed on track day weekends.

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