2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

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in Compact convertibles
2018 MODEL

$65,900

6.3

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The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is a mid-engined, lightweight, rear wheel drive sports car. The pre-production prototype of the car was showcased at the Geneva motor show in 2014. It is powered by a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and has a top speed of 160 mph.

It shares the same engine with the Alfa Romeo 4C coupe and uses a carbon fiber monocoque chassis to reduce weight. The 4C Spider weighs almost 99 lbs. more than the coupe version.


 

9.5/10
Engine

 
 

3.1/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is a mid-engined, lightweight, rear wheel drive sports car. The pre-production prototype of the car was showcased at the Geneva motor show in 2014. It is powered by a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and has a top speed of 160 mph. It shares the same engine with the Alfa Romeo 4C coupe and uses a carbon fiber monocoque chassis to reduce weight. The 4C Spider weighs almost 99 lbs. more than the coupe version.

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Features

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is available at a starting price of $65,900. The 4C Spider features a 17-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels with summer performance tire. The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is the convertible variant of the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe. There are no other variants or packages available for this car.

Trims 4C Spider
MSRP $65,900
Features
  • 17-inch (front) and 18-inch (rear) wheels
  • Summer performance tires
  • LED running lights and taillights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Air conditioning
  • power accessories
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • 7-inch driver information display
  • Bluetooth connectivity, and an Alpine sound system with a CD player, a USB port and satellite and HD radio

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider comes with a 4 cylinder turbocharged engine and the car comes packed with just the basic features. It has heated mirrors, air conditioning, a 7-inch driver information display and parking sensors.

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Engine

9.5/10

“Understand, the 4C is a sports car that will make you work a little, will have you feeling as though you’re woven into the very carbon-fiber fabric of the monocoque, and in the process, will mold a permanent grin on your face with its Olympian showcase of athletic ability.” - Motortrend

At the heart of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is a 1742 cc turbocharged 4 cylinder engine that produces a maximum power of 237 HP and a maximum torque of 258 lb-ft. This power is transferred to the wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Models Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Porsche 718 Boxster Jaguar F-Type Convertible Porsche 718 Cayman
MSRP $65,900 $59,000 $63,850 $56,900
Engine 1750 Turbo 4CYL 2.0L 4-Cyl Horizontally Opposed Alum Alloy 2.0L i4 Turbocharged 2.0L 4-Cyl Horizontally Opposed Alum Alloy
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Manual 8-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Manual
Power 237 hp 300 hp 296 hp 300 hp
Torque 258 lb-ft 280 lb-ft 295 lb-ft 280 lb-ft

The Alfa Romeo has the smallest engine among its rivals in terms of size and power. The 4-cylinder opposed Aluminum alloy engine on the Porsche produces the maximum power of 300 HP and a maximum torque of 280 lb. -ft.

Acceleration

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has a 1.7L 4 cylinder turbocharged engine. It does the quarter mile in 13 seconds flat and hits 60 mph from a standstill in 4.3 seconds. The Alfa Romeo is faster than its rivals.

Models Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Porsche 718 Boxster Jaguar F-Type Convertible Porsche 718 Cayman
0-60 MPH 4.3 sec 4.9 sec 5.4 sec 4.9 sec
Quarter mile 13.0 sec 14.2 sec 14.1 sec N/A
Engine 1.7L 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.3 7.3 6.8 7.3

The Alfa Romeo, having the smallest engine is able to hit speeds quicker than its rivals because of the lightweight construction. The monocoque chassis has been made of Carbon Fiber to help aid weight reduction.

The Porsche is not far behind in terms of acceleration but it is the Jaguar F-Type that takes over 5.4 seconds to hit 60 mph mark.

Ride and Handling

The Alfa Romeo 4C’s handling on smooth, low grip surfaces is excellent. The weight reduction helps the car go around the corner with little or no body roll. However, the car understeers a bit when pushed harder.

This is not an issue when the roadster is driven normally. The steering provides ample amount of feedback on smooth roads whereas it tends to get lighter on wet roads.

Braking

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has a 12-inch disc on the front and 11.5-inch discs on the rear. It has an impressive braking distance of 97 ft. when the brakes are applied at 60 mph. Yet again, it is the lightweight construction of the body that aids in reducing the stopping distance as opposed to its rivals.

Model Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Porsche 718 Boxster Jaguar F-Type Convertible Porsche 718 Cayman
Brake Front(in) 12.0 13.0 14.0 13.0
Brake Rear(in) 11.5 11.8 12.8 11.8
Curb weight(lbs) 2337 2943 3405 2944
60-0 MPH (ft.) 97.0 112 112 112

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has the shortest stopping distance of 97 ft. from 60 mph while all its rivals have a stopping distance of 112 ft. The Jaguar F-Type has the largest brakes but it is also the heaviest with a curb weight of over 3400 lbs.

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Fuel Economy

“At 28 mpg combined, the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C is more efficient than any non-electrified supercar and most sports cars.” - Carconnection

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has an in city fuel efficiency of 24 mpg and a highway fuel efficiency of 34 mpg. Together, the car delivers a combined mileage of 28 mpg. The Alfa Romeo has the smallest engine among the competition and hence offers more miles per gallon compared to most of its rivals.

Model Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Porsche 718 Boxster Jaguar F-Type Convertible Porsche 718 Cayman
MPG (city) 24 21 23 21
MPG (highway) 34 28 30 28
MPG (combined) 28 24 26 24

Even though the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is the lightest and has the smallest engine, the much heavier Jaguar F-Type offers a fuel efficiency figures of around 23 mpg in the city. This is impressive as the F-Type has a larger engine and also weighs nearly a 1000 lbs. more than the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider.

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Interior

3.1/10

“The Alfa Romeo 4C's interior features barely tolerable ergonomics, clumsy entry and exit, little legroom, appalling outward visibility, and virtually no cargo or storage space. This is absolutely not a daily driver.” - Edmunds

The interior of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is pretty basic. The leather stitched dashboard looks simple and elegant. However, if you are looking for a cabin that excites you, this car is going to disappoint you. It doesn’t get much of what the other cars offer.

Model Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Porsche 718 Boxster Jaguar F-Type Convertible Porsche 718 Cayman
Passenger capacity 2 2 2 2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.0/49.8/42.7 N/A 37.0/56.5/42.8 N/A

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has a seating capacity of two. There is sufficient amount of headroom, shoulder room, and leg room. The Jaguar F-Type has a bit more cabin space than the Alfa Romeo and since it is a Jaguar, it comes packed with a lot of features.

Seating and Comfort

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider can seat two people comfortably, including the driver. The seats offer a good amount of support. The cabin of the Alfa Romeo is designed and handcrafted in the workshops of Maserati, Italy.

The 4C Spider has leather seats. These seats are supportive enough on the back but lack a bit in terms of thigh support. The steering wheel can be adjusted for both reach and rake so you have a comfortable driving position.

However, due to the lack of damping, long trips can be really frustrating as a lot of engine noise filters into the cabin.

Interior features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Cup Holder
  • Electronically Adjustable Power Mirrors

Infotainment System

The car offers Bluetooth on the audio system. However, you do get 12V port on the center console. The voice on the Bluetooth is not so clear. If the car is doing high speeds, you can’t hear the other person on the phone clearly.

Trunk Volume

The trunk is a tiny compartment behind the engine. It doesn’t offer much space too. You have only space enough to pack one or two small backpacks.

Model Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Porsche 718 Boxster Jaguar F-Type Convertible Porsche 718 Cayman
Volume (ft cube) N/A 9.7 7.3 9.7

The Alfa Romeo is not a practical car. With the roof down, you get little or no trunk space. The small trunk is full with the roof down and you have no space to put in anything more into the trunk, not even those small backpacks.

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Exterior

The design evokes the Type 33 Stradale from the 1960s, but you're struck by the smallness of the Alfa Romeo 4C, especially in a parking lot full of giant SUVs, monstrous Camrys and hulking Civics.” – Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

The Alfa Romeo is quite a small car. It is lightweight and not as long as its competitors in the segment. It has a curb weight of 2337 lbs. making it lighter than its rivals. Hence, the small engine on the Alfa Romeo is sufficient to beat the Jaguar F-type and the Porsches.

Model Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Porsche 718 Boxster Jaguar F-Type Convertible Porsche 718 Cayman
Curb Weight (lbs) 2337 2943 3405 2944
Length (in) 157.0 172.4 176.5 172.4
Width (in) 73.5 70.9 75.7 70.9
Height (in) 46.7 50.9 51.3 50.9
Ground Clearance (in) 4.4 4.3 4.0 4.3
Wheelbase (in) 93.7 97.4 103.2 97.4
Track Width (in) F/R 64.5/63.1 59.6/60.3 62.9/64.9 59.6/60.3

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has a ground clearance of 4.4 inches. It is 157 inches long, 73.5 inches wide and has a wheelbase of 93.7 inches. The Alfa Romeo 4C is the smallest and lightest car in the segment and also has the highest ground clearance compared to its rivals.

Exterior features

  • Electronically Adjustable Mirrors
  • 17-inch alloy wheels on the front
  • 18-inch alloy wheels on the rear
  • Carbon Fiber Mirrors with Italian flags
  • Carbon fiber vents
  • Akrapovic Dual mode exhaust system

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Safety

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has a package of safety features which include electronic stability control and ABS. There is also low-pressure tire warning system, rear parking sensors, backup cameras. However, you don’t get any advanced active safety feature.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st Row Airbags
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Back-Up Camera

 

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Competition

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider vs Porsche 718 Boxster

The Porsche 718 Boxster is heavier than the Alfa Romeo. The heavier weight is compensated on the Porsche using a larger and powerful engine. While both offer one of the purest driving experience, the 4C Spider lacks out is in terms of cabin quality, comfort, and features.

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider vs Jaguar F-Type

The Jaguar F-Type weighs almost 1000 lbs. more than the 4C Spider and hence not so engaging to drive through curvy roads. However, it’s far more comfortable with a luxurious cabin, lot of features and also a larger more powerful engine.

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider vs Porsche 718 Cayman

The Porsche Cayman is longer, powerful and heavier. It offers a lot of features as standard and also offers many other features as optional.  And although it’s expensive, the additional luxury appointment means the money is well spent.

 

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Final Verdict

The Alfa Romeo is a car that offers the performance of a Porsche Boxster or a Jaguar F-Type. The car handles exceptionally well and is also quicker than its counterparts. Alfa Romeo has avoided a lot of features that are found on its rivals and made this car driver oriented.

The car lacks many of the luxury features available in the competitors. For example, it has air conditioning system but no the automatic climate control. The car performs exceptionally well due to its low weight.

So, if you are looking for a car that costs around $65,000 and want the best performance car in the segment, the Alfa Romeo is for you. However, if you don’t want a bare basic car, go for the Jaguar F type or the Porsche 718

Pros

Classy exterior looks

Acceleration

Handling

Cons

Lacks Sat-Nav

No Automatic Climate Control

Poor thigh support

Impractical trunk

Engine noise and vibrations filtering into the cabin

What's New?

Red accent stitching for leather seats

Optional front fascia with carbon fiber vents


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$65900

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

106 cu. in.

horsepower

237 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 2200 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear strut suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.5 in. ventilated disc brakes/12 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

93.7 in.

length

157 in.

width

73.5 in.

height

46.6 in.

curb weight

2465 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

cargo volume

3.7 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/28/34 mpg

highway range

357 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

roadside assistance

No



Styles

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider in Alfa White color 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider in Rosso Alfa color 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider in Madreperla White Tri-Coat color 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider in Basalt Gray Metallic color 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider in Giallo Prototipo color
Alfa White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Engine

9.5

Interior

3.1

6.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Spider

Spider

power
237 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
28 combined

$65,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Spider 2dr Convertible (1.7L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $65,900 MSRP (24/28/34) 237 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.7 L, I4, premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2   Giallo Prototipo
  Basalt Gray Metallic
  Madreperla White Tri-Coat
  Rosso Alfa
  Alfa White