Second graduation: Alfa Romeo 4C Spider to arrive in 2015

Alfa Romeo’s lightweight 4C sports coupé is set to complete its transformation into Spider configuration in 2015, following its reveal in concept form at the Geneva Motor Show…

Sporting a lightweight canvas roof, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider will carry a weight penalty of just 60kg over its be-roofed brother thanks to carbonfibre roll-hoops, spoilers and windscreen frame. Modern-day Benjamin Braddocks are also promised minimal cabin turbulence thanks to a honed aerodynamic profile.

Those disappointed by the unseemly headlights fitted to the production-spec 4C coupé will notice that the concept has been given units with a more coherent design. It is not yet known whether these – and the revised wheels and exhaust – will appear on the production 4C Spider, or indeed a refreshed 4C coupé.

Otherwise, the Spider remains faithful to the mechanical layout of the coupé, with the same turbocharged 1.75-litre four-cylinder powering the rear wheels. Sergio Marchionne has made it known that he wants the company to return to its rear-wheel-drive roots, ahead of a push to expand its presence in the all-important American and Chinese markets.

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