Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Doesn't Have Ugly Headlights

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Last year, Alfa Romeo launched its 4C sports car at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and this year the Italian automaker returned with a 4C Spider variant, previewing the future convertible sports car.

The soft-top 4C Spider is scheduled to enter production next year and remains an ultra-lightweight, high-performance driving machine. To retain the Alfa Romeo 4C’s focus and purity, the Italian automaker extensively used carbon fiber along with low-density Sheet Moulding Compound (SMC) to keep the 4C Spider lightweight and agile. But the most interesting component on the 4C Spider preview are the headlights. Perhaps the automaker listened to the feedback on the 4C’s funky headlights and decided more traditional units is the way to go.

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The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is designed by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre and given that structural reinforcement is required by safety regulations for open-top vehicles, the convertible will weigh more than its coupe counterpart. But through the use of all those lightweight materials previously mentioned, the 4C Spider is about 132 lbs heavier. In addition, Alfa Romeo teamed up with Akrapovic to design a unique dual-stage center-exit exhaust system for the 4C Spider.

Under the hood is the standard Alfa Romeo 4C’s powerplant, a turbocharged 1,750 cc engine. It will have nearly identical performance to the 4C coupe, accelerating to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed in excess of 155 mph.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Marcus Harvey Marcus Harvey on Apr 11, 2014

    I think its a shame they listened to the negative feedback on the arachnid like lights. They would of course be perfect for a spider.