Production Alfa Romeo 4C unveiled in Detroit | New Release - Car News Jan 2015

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11:11 Wednesday 14 Jan 2015

Alfa Romeo have unveiled the production version of the 4C Spider at the Detroit Motor Show.

Remember the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider concept that we covered back in March 2014? Well the production version has finally arrived. As expected the car is built on a chassis which puts carbon fibre to good use, making it three times stronger than steel despite being seven times lighter. This is just one of the things Alfa have done to ensure that the 4C Spider is as light as possible, 10kg lighter than its Coupé counterpart.

Other than a few tweaks that make the Spider lighter the exterior looks exactly the same, until you get to the roof (or lack of). The roll over structure is housed in what Alfa are calling the Halo, which is where you mount the cloth roof. The Halo can either come black or in carbon fibre form to match the carbon fibre window frame. There is also the option to have a hard top carbon fibre roof.

There are some other exclusives for the 4C Spider including a new Akrapovic exhaust system, built using titanium that has different modes that you can switch between and modify depending on your mood and driving situation. We are intrigued to see what this means, though I’m guessing it just means you can make things a bit noisier if you’re feeling angry. There are also new alloy wheel options, a new Alpine premium audio system and a new yellow colour scheme has been introduced.

Mechanically, it's identical to the 4C Coupe, featuring a 237bhp turbocharged 1.75-litre petrol engine which will hurl you from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 160mph.

It is set to go on sale in the UK this summer, and we will know more about prices and specifications closer to the time. 

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