If you’d like your spirited Italian sports car with a bit more sunlight, prepare to pay extra. The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider starts at $65,495 after destination, a premium of $10,300 over the Automobile All-Star-winning 4C coupe.
Because carbon-fiber and aluminum construction makes it so stiff, the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider needs only minimal bracing compared to its coupe progenitor and thus is only 22 lb heavier than the coupe, at a featherweight 2,487 lb. The 4C Spider’s roof panel can be removed to open the cabin up to the environment, resulting in a Targa-top design rather than a traditional folding-roof convertible.
Behind the driver and passenger seats, the same 1.7-liter turbo-four engine from the coupe cranks out 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. With the six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission in Race mode, Alfa says the 4C Spider will hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, before continuing on to a top speed of 160 mph. Alfa Romeo says that the car’s intake and exhaust were tuned to provide the most pleasing sound for the convertible model. The 4C Spider also offers a new Akrapovic two-mode exhaust, in addition to the car’s existing standard and race exhaust options.
While the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is a considerably purer, stripped-down vehicle that doesn’t directly match up, its mid-engine, open-top configuration prompts comparisons to the Porsche Boxster. Stuttgart’s topless sports car starts at $53,095 with its base 265-hp, 2.7-liter flat-six engine, with prices rising to $64,895 for the 315-hp, 3.4-liter Boxster S, $75,595 for the 330-hp Boxster GTS, and $83,095 for the 375-hp, 3.8-liter Boxster Spyder.
The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider goes on sale this summer.