Climbing into the cramped cabin of the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is not an easy task at all. But once you’re inside, you’re treated to a cacophony of engine’s roar that drowns out your adrenaline-fuelled shouts of joy. The relatively cost of the car makes this car ever more difficult to own and drive, yet it’s impossible not to love it once you get behind its conventional manual steering.
Light as a Feather
The 2016 Alfa Romeo Spider 4C is made out of feather-light components that drastically reduce the weight of the care, while not compromising on strength and safety. Like other sports cars, the 4C Spider is modeled around a central carbon fiber tub with the engine placed behind the driver’s seat. The carbon fiber structure is extremely lightweight, yet so rigid that the car requires no extra structural strengthening. Alfa Romeo has also molded the windshield frame from carbon fiber for added safety for the driver. All in all, the Spider just weighs a meager 22 pounds more than the coupe variant of the same car.
Purebred Racing Machine
The Spider 4C is a purebred sports car powered by a turbocharged 1.75-liter powerhouse that generates 237 horsepower. With a top speed of 160mph and a zero-to-sixty time of just 4.1 seconds, there is no reason to underestimate the small engine. The dual-clutch automated manual transmission is a pleasure to work with, especially in the Dynamic or Race modes. One minor drawback is the turbo lag, a common issue with a few turbocharged engines these days. However, the 2016 Alfa Romeo Spider 4C feels at home on a track, attacking corners aggressively and never losing traction on sharp turns. This is mainly due to manual steering wheel, which gives excellent feedback and control, albeit at the cost of wearing out your arms in a short time. The racetrack thrills and adrenaline provided by the Spider costs $63,900 and above.