4C Spider Reviewed

When the sun is shining, what could be better than a drive in a convertible through the winding roads of the Essex countryside. Joe Quinn, Director of Supercar Sourcing, reviews his top pick for the perfect summer companion. 

I have to admit that I am a little biased, Alfa Romeos have always had a place in my heart – and on my driveway. After all, as Jeremy Clarkson will testify, you cannot be a true petrolhead until you’ve owned one. With the 4C Spider however, my adoration is well justified. Alfa Romeo calls it a ‘junior supercar’- thanks to its exotic looks, and super-light weight of just 940kg, giving it a 0-60 of just 4.1 seconds. Its party piece is the carbon fiber chassis, which weighs a mere 65kg, something usually only found in a few high-end supercars.

It comes with a twin clutch auto gearbox and driving mode selector (DNA), including dynamic, natural and all-weather modes. In ‘dynamic’ the 4C is very responsive, holding the gears longer for better acceleration. ‘Natural’ mode is more subdued and far more civilised for driving around town. If you ever get caught in adverse weather conditions – we are in the UK after all – ‘all weather’ mode turns the stability and traction control to its highest setting. For the occasional track day there is also a Race mode, which disables all driver aids. On the whole, the drive experience is raw. You feel every crease in the road and the sounds from the turbo (not to mention the noise of the engine behind your head) make it a real enthusiasts’ choice.

Its classic sweeping curves, wide front and Bi-LED carbon fiber surround headlights (£1950 option) give it a presence on the road that really turns heads. The tri-coat pearlescent white paint (£2250 option) on this particular car is especially eye-catching, although the Rosso Competizione red option is also quite striking.

The interior has been criticised for being a little basic, and I agree, the knobs and standard dash are a bit plasticy and cheap. For this reason, I would strongly suggest adding the option of the leather dash with contrasting stitching (£700). The standard seats are black fabric with red stitching which are ok but, to up your cockpit experience, the full leather seats are a must (albeit a £1500 option).  It’s important to note that the rear visibility isn’t great (although certainly better than the coupe) so you’ll appreciate the addition of rear parking sensors, at no extra cost. Second hand, you can pick one up for around £40k for the coupe and £50k for the spider. Supercar Sourcing specialises in finding supercars and luxury vehicles for clients across the UK and overseas.

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