For those who feel a sports car is at least partially defined by an open-air driving experience, Alfa-Romeo introduced the 4C Spider at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. Based on the 4C coupe that went on sale last year, the Spider features a removable roof panel over the cockpit, which makes it what’s called a “targa” in some motoring circles.
The Spider will come with the same snarky 237-horsepower 1.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine found in 4C coupes. The 4C Spider is due to go on sale this coming summer, just in time for the open-air driving season. No word yet on price.
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The 4C is a hardcore performance machine offering little in the way of comfort or refinement–and that’s just how its fans want it. Sales of the Spider will be limited, but we’re just happy to see Alfa Romeo back in action on U.S. soil. It will be interesting to see which of the 4C models sells better, the coupe, or the convertible. Any bets?
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