Alfa Romeo 4C Spider spied

10 Jun, 2014 2:24pm Jack Rix

Near production ready Alfa 4C Spider prototype spotted on the road with targa-style roof panel

The production version of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, on sale in early 2015, has been spotted testing for the first time. Although it was previewed by a concept at the Geneva Motor Show back in March, this is the first time we’ve seen it with the lightweight fabric roof in place.

Judging by these pictures, Alfa has opted for a removable but rigid fabric panel, rather than an electrically-operated flip-back roof, to keep the Spider’s kerbweight as close to the coupe’s 895kg total as possible. In Geneva, Alfa engineers revealed that the Spider should tip the scales at around 60kg more than the Coupe.

Other changes are expected to include a switchable Akrapovic exhaust, made from titanium and carbon, that lets you select the volume, while the Coupe's oddball exposed headlight clusters have been replaced with more conventional clear units.

The engine will remain unchanged, with the same 237bhp 1.75-litre turbocharged engine behind the drivers head, hooked up to a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. With only a slight weight gain over the coupe performance is expected to be virtually identical, with a 0-62mph time of 4.2 seconds and a 155mph top speed.

Like the Coupe, a limited global production run of around 3,500 units is all that’s likely to be produced, each priced slightly higher than the £45,000 Coupe. The Spider won’t be the 4C range-topper though – in a recent presentation Alfa hinted that a high-performance 4C Quadrifoglio Verde will arrive in 2015.