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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has us caught in its web

The mini supercar that is the 4C coupe will soon be joined by an open top Spider sibling, Alfa Romeo has confirmed. Again.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider on show at the 2015 Detroit motor show is mechanically identical to the standard 4C and its carbon fibre monocoque, except for the addition of an aluminium rollbar and a crossbeam across the engine to keep everything taut.

The very few changes stem from the fact Alfa Romeo designed the 4C as a convertible version from the start, hence only a very modest 10kg increase in weight, bringing the total to a still miniscule 905kg. 

A 1.75-litre four-cylinder that generates 240hp and 350Nm of torque gets the 4C Spider from 0 to 62mph in 4.1 seconds and then onto around 160mph, while the twin-clutch gearbox and rear-wheel drive put the power to the road.

The cloth roof can be stowed away when not in use. Alternatively Alfa Romeo will offer a carbon fibre alternative if you want something a little more stable. There will also be a choice of three exhaust systems, including a top of the range Akrapovic racing unit.

And, yes, that yellow paintjob is an option.

Expect a release date and prices to be made known as we head into 2015. All of our North America International Auto Show (NAIAS) content can be found here.

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider pictures

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