Based on the same platform as the 4C coupe, the 4C Spider is built around a lightweight carbon-fiber chassis with a small, but highly potent, 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mounted behind the tight two-seat cockpit. What makes the 4C Spider unique is that the roof is gone. In its place is a carbon-fiber windshield frame, reformed Sheet Moulding Compound bodywork, lightweight canvas folding roof mechanism, and an open-air cockpit.
“Spiders have always occupied a prime place in Alfa Romeo's heritage because they are the freest and most emotion-driven expression of motoring,” says the company in announcing the Spider. “The same spirit is expressed in the preview of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, the natural evolution of Alfa Romeo's long spider history focused on cars capable of delivering great excitement, outstanding driving satisfaction, striking design and powerful, flexible engines.”