Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider: price announced
1st February, 2015 -
Alfa Romeo 4C coupe release imminent
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23rd September, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Australia (FCA) has announced the local pricing for the Alfa
Romeo 4C Spider - with the new car being scheduled for a November 2015 release.
FCA has confirmed the open-topped 4C Spider will join the hard-topped version in Australia for the price* of $99,000*.
The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider name recalls the brand's earlier sporting tradition. The acronyms 8C and 6C in the 1930s and
1940s distinguished racing and road cars fitted with powerful eight- and six-cylinder engines.
Like the 4C Coupé, the new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider model's designation is a nod to earlier models and continues the
tradition with the all-aluminium 1750 turbocharged, intercooled, direct injection, four-cylinder engine, delivering 101
kilowatts per litre.
With seating for two, panoramic views and the exhaust note of a performance-tuned engine and exhaust, Spiders are an
exhilarating experiences in motoring – and effectively represent Alfa Romeo's heritage.
Inspired by the 33 Stradale, the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider transcends this legendary race car's mid-engine body and
follows its purposeful and lightweight performance tradition with sheet-moulded compound (SMC) composite panels forming
its Italian design, and covering its carbon fibre monocoque chassis and all-aluminium 1750 turbocharged, direct-injected
Covering the engine bay of this Italian sports car is a deck lid with three functional heat extractors and an
aerodynamically tuned spoiler. The rear fascia and round rear LED illuminated tail lamps blend into the 'muscular' rear
wings for a powerful stance, while stylistically incorporating large functional air intakes to cool the engine. Below,
dual exhausts are mounted at the corners and highlight the 4C Spider's sports car 'look'.
On each side of the all-new 4C Spider, the sculpted air intakes spring a dynamic form that lead into the headlamps.
Highlighting its purposeful pose is a carbon fibre windshield frame, which promotes strength and lightness, while
providing the attachment points for the removable, stowable cloth roof.
Leading from the 4C Spider's windshield and down the bonnet are two styling formations, which conclude at the
signature Alfa Romeo shield-shaped grille and emblem. Together with the two side air intakes designed in the front
fascia, the 4C Spider forms the famous "Trilobo" within which the well known logo is placed – and a significant facet of
Alfa Romeo's design.
The all-new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider's cockpit is inspired from racing; purpose built with only the essential driving
components stylistically integrated.
The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider features two composite-framed sport seats with standard leather and an exposed carbon fibre
monocoque that exemplifies its race-inspired technologies. A driver-oriented cabin with flat-bottom, leather performance
steering wheel with paddle-shifters and aluminium pedals speak to the brand's sportiness.
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For an added touch of exclusivity and technology, carbon fibre trim is available as part of a new Carbon Fibre
Package. Included with the use of advanced technology is a 7-inch full-colour driver information display (DID)
cluster, which shows vehicle information through high-impact graphics.
Mid-engine lay out
With its mid-engine lay out, advanced technology and compact size, the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider reveals its
precision, agility and performance credentials with a top speed of 256 km/h, 0-to-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, 1.1 g of
lateral acceleration and 1.25 g of maximum braking deceleration.
Delivering the lightweight architecture needed for maximum performance and dynamic efficiency, Alfa Romeo engineers
looked to Formula 1 and only the most advanced cars for state-of-the-art materials. The result is a monocoque chassis
made entirely of unidirectional, "pre-preg" carbon fibre layers that are hand-laid for stiffness and strength. At 73kg,
the highly exotic carbon fibre monocoque chassis delivers a material performance that is three-times stronger and
seven-times lighter than steel. Completing the competition-grade architecture are front- and rear-chassis structures and
an engine-mounting frame made from lightweight aluminium.
Thanks to the monocoque's inherent rigidity, Alfa Romeo engineers were able to minimise structural differences between
the 4C Spider and 4C, resulting in a weight of only 1,035kg – an increase of only 10kg over the 4C. For a technical look,
header strength and low centre of gravity, the 4C Spider features a unidirectional carbon fibre windshield frame that is
adhered and bolted to the monocoque chassis. In addition, a specially contoured aluminium roll bar (underneath the Black
"halo") provides mounting points for the new rear deck lid, while unique upper body brackets and a high-strength steel
engine compartment cross beam maximise torsional rigidity.
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Alfa Romeo engineers continued the use of state-of-the-art materials by providing the bodywork entirely of
sheet-moulded compound (SMC), a low-density, high-strength composite material that is 20 per cent lighter and
dimensionally more rigid than steel. Engineers even minimised the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider's windshield and side windows by
using 10 per cent thinner glass to reduce weight by up to 15 per cent.
Finally, two sport seats feature a carbon fibre and fibreglass reinforced-composite structure to deliver the strength
and seating position needed for a sports car.
- Direct-injection 177kW 1750 Turbo Petrol engine
- Aluminium block and specific intake and exhaust systems
- Direct petrol injection, dual continuous variable valve timing system, turbocharger and 'scavenging' system that
The new '4 cylinder' 1750 Turbo Petrol with direct injection at 200 bar delivers maximum power of 177 kW at 6,000 rpm.
The maximum torque of 350 Nm ensures its extraordinary elasticity and sportiness since it is maintained constant between
2,200 and 4,250 rpm, but 80% of the torque is already available at just 1,800 rpm.
- 6-speed Alfa TCT dual dry clutch transmission
- New gear change management software
- New Launch Control for standing starts
The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider's special clutch features all-new control software that ensures the fastest possible gear
shifts under all conditions. Gearshifts are more aggressive in the sporting performance modes, and drivers can clearly
feel the new gear engaging, as on a racing car. On bends, on the other hand, gearshifts are completed in the smoothest
way possible to avoid reducing stability.
The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider's is also fitted with Launch Control for easy high performance standing starts. Launch
Control is activated by pressing the brake pedal while pushing the accelerator pedal all the way down and squeezing the
paddle on the left of the steering wheel. As soon as you release the brake, the system automatically controls the
gearbox, traction and power to maximise acceleration.
The suspension adopts race-derived technical solutions to optimise performance and deliver unrivalled driving
pleasure. A superimposed wishbone system is used on the front of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider's. The wishbones are secured
directly on the monocoque and comprise a coaxial spring-shock absorber assembly, tubular control arms and anti-roll bar,
all lightweight and efficient.
Different diameter tyres
The search for the greatest possible grip also led to the selection of different diameter tyres, 17/18-inch or
18/19-inch, larger on the back to satisfy the need for greater grip on the axle where the traction works.
As it is entirely mechanical, therefore without power steering, steering with plasticised links contributes to
limiting the total weight of the car and ensures a direct driving feeling for the driver. The steering ratio (16.2) is
also such as to allow 90% of bends to be taken without ever taking your hands off the steering wheel.
The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider offers high performance and sensations: from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds flat, 256
km/h of top speed, deceleration peaks in the range of 1.2 g and lateral acceleration peaks over 1.1 g. All this is also
achieved with a balanced weight distribution, with 40% on the front axle and 60% on the rear.
The 'DNA' selector device lets the driver change the car's temperament to adapt it to the conditions that it is
subjected to at the particular moment. Four modes are available: Dynamic, Natural, All Weather and 'Race', designed to
enhance the driving experience on a track even further.
Race is the most extreme performance mode, and is engaged by moving the mode selector to 'Dynamic' position and
holding it there for 5 seconds. Alfa Race mode puts you in total control of your car under race conditions. By
minimising the interventions of electronic systems it leaves the driver in complete control. In this situation, ESC
stability control remains inactive and only intervenes to ensure stability under harsh braking. ASR does not intervene
either on the acceleration or braking, leaving the driver to control traction through the accelerator pedal alone.
The 4C Spider is equipped with a specifically designed soft top which provides protection.
Removal of the 4C Spider roof is a simple 'manual' procedure. The soft top can be removed by one person and can be
stored in the luggage compartment in a specifically designed roof storage bag.
The new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider joins the coupe version in local showrooms during November 2015.
* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as
on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are