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04 March 2014

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider preview to debut at Geneva 2014

The 'convertible' evolution of Alfa Romeo's award-winning super car to be revealed
in Geneva
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The preview is an exercise in style to select the contents to be implemented in
standard production scheduled for the beginning of 2015
Exclusive three-layer shiny white livery combined with top-quality leather upholstery
Mid-engined rear-wheel drive configuration and a real two-seater concept
Study into a dual-stage central exhaust system with titanium and carbon tailpipe
Clamshell headlights
New differentiated diameter 18" and 19" alloy rims
Specific carbon windscreen ring and roll-bar cover
Exhilarating performance delivered by the 1750 turbo petrol four cylinder engine
and Alfa TCT




The preview of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, the convertible evolution of the
award-winning coupé launched last year, will be debuting at the 84th
International Geneva Motor Show. Characterised by special details and distinctive
finishes, the preview is an exercise in style aimed at selecting the contents to be
implemented in standard production scheduled for the beginning of next year.



Spiders have always occupied a prime place in Alfa Romeo's heritage because they are
the freest and most emotion-driven expression of motoring. The same spirit is
expressed in the preview of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, the natural evolution of Alfa
Romeo's long spider history focused on cars capable of delivering great excitement,
outstanding driving satisfaction, striking design and powerful, flexible engines.




For this reason, the preview inherits all the distinctive winning characteristics of
the Alfa Romeo 4C coupé, the brand's modern icon which represents the
essential sportiness embedded in the 'Alfa Romeo DNA': performance, Italian style
and technical excellence aimed at maximum driving pleasure in total safety.

Exterior style
Designed by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, the mid-engined preview with 2 seats and
rear-wheel drive confirms the brand's excellence in this sector as demonstrated by
some of its recognisable Spiders, among the most beautiful in the history of the
motor world, such as the Giulietta Spider from the 1950s or the mythical Duetto made
famous by the film, The Graduate (1967), up to the captivating Alfa Romeo 8C Spider.
And now it is the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider's turn to take to the stand by projecting the
technological and emotional values that are part of Alfa Romeo's heritage into the
future.


A particular feature of the preview is the exclusive Three-layer Glossy White livery
which, with its depth and iridescence, shapes the car, highlighting the sculpted,
finely modelled surfaces.



Over this unmistakably elegant Italian 'attire' are the specific carbon roll-bar
cover and the striking carbon windscreen ring, which combines the concepts of
lightness and resistance, in line with Alfa Romeo's exclusive synthesis of
'functional beauty'.


The search for brand-new stylistic solutions can also be seen in the new clamshell
headlights, the distinctive differentiated diameter (18" at the front and 19" at the
rear) alloy rims and the large Pirelli tyres.

Interior design
The elemental design and essential materials also distinguish the interior, which is
all designed and built for maximum driving satisfaction. Specifically, the carbon
fibre in the interior immediately stands out, used to make the central cell, which
has been left in full view to enhance the sense of uniqueness, of technology and
light weight. Additionally, to further enhance the unique quality of the spider
version, Alfa Romeo's designers have chosen a particular leather upholstery that
results from the finest tradition of Italian craftsmanship.



Dimensions and aerodynamics
The preview of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has a length of approximately 4 metres and a
wheelbase of less than 2.4 metres: these dimensions on the one hand emphasise the
car's compact attributes while also accentuating its agility on the other. Owing to
the designers' excellent work, the car achieves maximum aerodynamic efficiency
levels, maintaining the downforce of the coupé version, which contributes
towards achieving increased stability at higher speeds. What's more, thanks to
in-depth aerodynamic study, it was possible to minimise the air turbulence in the
passenger compartment with the soft top open, making for an equally pleasant drive
even when maintaining high speeds.

A spider with limited extra weight thanks to the high-quality materials already used
on the coupé
Thanks to the quality of the '4C coupé' project and its carbon chassis, the
4C Spider too will guarantee a category-leading power/weight ratio with striking
performance thanks to a total dry weight of less than 1,000 kg. This is
demonstrated by the glass rear window too, which was replaced with a continuation of
the bodywork in SMC (Sheet Moulding Compound) which houses the headrests and
roll-bars. It must be stressed that low-density SMC, at just 1.5 g/cm³, is
significantly lighter than steel (~7.8 g/cm³) and aluminium (~2.7 g/cm³),
as well as being more malleable. Also, in contrast to aluminium, it does not deform
in minor collisions, and is extremely resistant to chemical and atmospheric agents.
It also disperses sound efficiently, increasing acoustic comfort.


Study into a titanium and carbon exhaust system

The preview of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider adopts a dual-stage central exhaust system
concept with titanium and carbon tailpipes by Akrapovic, a company which produces
competition exhaust systems for Moto GP, Superbike, Supersport, Motocross and
Enduro. Among its most distinctive features is the electrically operated valve with
wireless technology. The study into a 'dual mode' exhaust is in full Spider spirit,
where the pleasure of driving in the open air can be magnified according to the
choice of the driver through a dual exhaust set-up: one more restrained, for more
relaxing driving, and one more aggressive, for sports driving.



Excellent performance with the new '4-cylinder' 1750 Turbo Petrol Alfa TCT

The power unit of the coupé version is confirmed: the new '4-cylinder' 1750
Turbo Petrol which implements an innovative aluminium block permitting a saving of
22 kg and specific intake and exhaust systems which have been optimised to enhance
the sports appeal of the car even further. In addition, it boasts cutting-edge
technical solutions including direct fuel injection, dual continuous variable valve
timing, a turbocharger and a revolutionary scavenging control system that gets rid
of any turbo lag.



The 1750 Turbo Petrol engine is teamed with the innovative Alfa TCT automatic twin
dry clutch transmission, which is a genuine benchmark in its segment due to its
limited weight and extreme speed of activation. The gears can also be changed in
sequential mode using the "shift paddles" located behind the steering wheel.



With this equipment, the preview of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider ensures even the most
expert driver extraordinary performance and sensations which, on a par with the
coupé version, remain at the top of the category both in terms of absolute
performance and in terms of handling and driving pleasure.



Finally, like all the latest-generation Alfa Romeos, the preview of the Alfa Romeo
4C Spider as well is equipped with the DNA selector. This device lets the driver
change the car's temperament to adapt it to the conditions it is subjected to at the
moment. In addition to the three settings available up until today - Dynamic,
Natural and All-Weather - the device built for the Alfa Romeo Supercar has a fourth
mode: 'Race', designed to enhance the driving experience on a track even further.



Handling

In addition to its absolute performance, the handling of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
preview makes it one of a kind. You can fully enjoy the car in all situations, and
not only during extreme use on the track, thanks to its feel and ease of driving at
top levels. A specific suspension set-up was developed for the convertible Alfa
Romeo, such as to ensure the same feeling and driving pleasure as the 4C
CoupŔ;.


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