Customers can now get their name of the list for a band new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, as order books officially open across UK showrooms.
Like its Coupé sibling, the new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is built around an ultra-lightweight carbon fibre monocoque with minimal structural enhancements required in the transition from Coupé to Spider.
Powered by the same, all-aluminium, 240hp, 258lb ft, 1750 TBi engine as the Coupé, performance is on a par with the hardtop model, with a top speed of 160mph and a 0-60mph time of less than 4.5 seconds.
The main developments include a new aluminium rollover structure, which is nestled underneath a black "halo"; a specially-developed carbon fibre windscreen frame and an engine compartment cross-member made from high-strength steel.
The Coupé's fastback rear end is replaced by classic and distinctive Spider buttresses and a new engine cover which also features three heat extractors and a subtle rear spoiler. There are significant changes to the front end, featuring new, covered, projector-style xenon headlamps, which come as standard on this model.
Special attention has been paid to the aerodynamic characteristics of the Spider to ensure minimal wind and noise intrusion when the cloth roof is removed and stowed away, and for owners who want to use their Spider all year round, a carbon fibre hardtop will be available as an optional accessory at a later date.
A new carbon-fibre air intake system, engineered to provide additional transmission cooling for track-focussed drivers, also joins the options list, while a number of all-new wheel designs debut on the 4C Spider too, either in 17/18-inch (front/rear) or 18/19-inch sizes in silver or dark finishes.
Inside, a new Alpine head unit and standard Alfa Hi Fi sound system offer improved audio quality, usability and device connectivity, and to further enhance the Spider's cabin ambience, new options such as premium leather with accent stitching and matching door cards will be offered later in the year.