2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Coming to the US

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider review

Yes, it is true, the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider will finally be arriving in the American market. It has been made clear that the famous car will finally be offered and sold in North America and it is a move that the designers have pulled to satisfy their stateside crowds. But the 4C Spider does not only make this grand new appearance, it also comes with various updates to boot.

The model was released in 2014 for the first time and we were able to see it showcased at the Geneva Auto Show. Although the initial model looked really good, the host of features that they are preparing for with the newest 2018 version will easily overshadow the previous one. Updating the bodywork and adding a removable top are just some pieces which the vehicle is being updated with.

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The release date was already announced and that is why people are so excited about the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider and its appearance. We are bringing you all the known facts about the car in this review and it will help you get to know more about the prices and the specs, without just merely looking at the pictures.

When is the Release Date Scheduled for the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider?

The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider will be available this year. In fact you will see the model hit US and Canada somewhere during summer. This is some fabulous news and we really did not expect to hear this happen so fast. The model will be one of the more exciting prospects coming to us this year.

What is the Price?

Being that the release date has been established, so has the price for the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider been made known. The vehicle will start sales at $63,900 and this does not include the destination fee, which will be calculated promptly.

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Exterior Redesign

We are calling the exterior of the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider a redesign but we might as well call it an update. The car will still retain much of its features seen on the coupe version before. These are going to include the parts of the front fascia, with the same lower grille and a similar font grille. But there are still a lot of things to talk about when it comes to the new stuff added. The lights have a traditional style and there are different wheels added. The exhaust is also retooled and it features carbon tips and a titanium exhaust system.

The most changes appear with the rear decklid which was redesigned in order to support the removable roof. The windshield brace has been restructured and is made from carbon fibers. The same things has been done for the B-pillar where a smallish windshield is found and together they hold the removable roof. The added structure also amounts to 132 pounds more for the car, but the people from the Alfa Romeo design team state that it will not hamper the performance of the car.

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A Slim Redesign on the Inside

The interior of the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider will mainly stay true to the design of the coupe model. But this time the carbon fibers are more visible as there are far less leather materials that can be seen inside the car. But still the materials are improved and you can distinguish the Spider and the Coupe merely based on the leather used inside the car. A flat-bottom steering wheel is still employed and the cabin remains to be oriented towards the driver a bit more than the passenger. The seats are also very comfortable and provide support for your back at greater speeds.

The seats will be wrapped in premium materials and are specifically made to give you a perfect and balanced ride. The mechanical handbrake is now easier to access thanks to the position of the armrests and there is different types of stitching which accents the interior a bit more. A new sound system from Alpine will provide more fun for the passengers. Finally, there is a total of five colors for the interior that you can pick from and add.

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Engine and Performance

The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider will borrow the powertrain from the coupe model of the 4C. It will bring us the same turbocharged, 1.7 liter inline-four-cylinder engine. But this one is going to come with certain updates which will help it shed of 49 pounds of its weight and at the same time bring it a higher output. The car is thus able to produce 240 horsepower and also provides 258 lb-ft of torque. It makes the car a lot more efficient and provides it overall better stats compared to the coupe form, as well it should.

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0-60 mph and Top Speed

Thanks to the use of the Alfa’s TCT automatic twin-dry-clutch transmission system, the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider will be able to develop better acceleration. The time needed to reach 60 mph from a standstill is going to come in 4.1 ticks of a second while the top speed of the car is labeled at 160 mph.

Fuel Economy Specifications

A strong performance which the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider adopts is not going to give us a stellar fuel economy rating. As it is estimated for now the model will be able to consume 24 mpg while driving in the city and 47 mpg on the highway. There are no specific improvements that are added to make the fuel efficiency of the car better and the added weight might play some small part in it.

No Changes in the Dimensions Whatsoever

The size and the overall dimensions of the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider stay the same for the most part. The vehicle will be 157.5 inches long and sport a wheelbase of 93.7 inches. Overall width is measured to 73.5 inches and the overall height is 46.7 inches. The car will also support a ground clearance of 4.4 inches. The newly amassed curb weight of the car will amount to 2,487 pounds.

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Safety Scores

There are no safety scores available yet for the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider and we are probably not going to get them anytime soon. It is still not expected that a Spider model might be crash tested but it will have all the base type of equipment found in the coupe model. But besides this they will add some other features which will additionaly make the Spider better and the stronger structure is already an improvement to protect the passengers.

Potential Rivals

What makes the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider great, and in fact any good car for that matter, are its rivals. The new 2018 4C Spider will face cars which are ultimately going to make the model better and raise its value as well. The updated model finds itself in the company of such cars as the Porsche Boxster GTS and the Mercedes-Benz SLK 350.

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