2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
A car with no power steering, a brutally rough ride, and a measly 1.7 liter turbo I4 doesn’t exactly scream fun…on paper. But behind the wheel of the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C, it’s a wholly different experience. One worthy of our Drivers’ Choice Award for best performance car. Pry off the roof, and you’d have the 4C Spider.
Amazingly, this topless conversion only adds 22 pounds to the 4C’s carbon fiber monocoque chassis. A carbon fiber windshield frame and steel crossbeam in the engine compartment keep things solid, with minimal weight penalties.
Which means all 237 horsepower can still be put to efficient use, rocketing the 4C off of corners, off the line, and wherever else you point the front wheels. Styling, too, is no worse; and we think it’s actually better.
The standard roll-up softop can be upgraded – for $3,500, mind you – to a carbon fiber removable hardtop. We say skip it.
A center-mounted, dual exhaust system is available as an upgrade, too…but why? It actually sounds darn good as it is.
A notable Spider upgrade, is also a standard one: leather interior. It makes the jarring ride a bit more bearable.
On sale now, the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider starts around $66,000.
Engine: 1.7 liter
Price: Starts around $66,000