Presented for the first time at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has been voted "Most Beautiful Car 2014" - in the "Sports Cars and Convertibles" category - by readers of the Austrian edition of Auto Bild. The captivating convertible saw off more than 13 rivals, coming in ahead of the new Jaguar F-Type Coupé and the Ford Mustang (in the same category, but lower down in the rankings, were the new Lamborghini Huracán, the Porsche 911 Targa and the Audi TT).
At the end of March, Auto Bild Austria asked its readers to choose, from all new models released during the preceding 12 months, the one with the most appealing design. More than 80 cars - divided into 5 categories - were put on a shortlist which was published by the magazine and became the basis for the vote. The selection was carried out entirely by the readers, with no magazine editors or automotive sector experts involved.
The highly esteemed Design Award was established by Auto Bild magazine in 2006 and a vote is now held in 20 European countries every spring. The award is assigned on the basis of the design of newly launched models and has become a permanent fixture in the annual schedule for the automotive industry. The results for all other European markets will become available starting from 30 May.
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
Spiders have always occupied a prime place in Alfa Romeo's heritage because they are the freest and most emotion-driven expression of motoring. The same spirit is expressed by the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, the natural evolution of the Alfa Romeo Spider versions that have always delivered great excitement, ensured outstanding driving satisfaction and combined a line which is the stuff of dreams with the performance of powerful, flexible engines.
Designed by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, the mid-engined 2 seater with rear-wheel drive confirms the brand's excellence in this sector as demonstrated by some of its recognizable Spiders, among the most beautiful in the history of the motor world, such as the Giulietta Spider from the 1950s or the mythical Duetto made famous by the film, The Graduate (1967), up to the captivating Alfa Romeo 8C Spider. And now it is the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider's turn to take to the stand by projecting the technological and emotional values that are part of Alfa Romeo's heritage into the future.
The preview of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider in Geneva was characterised by an exclusive three-layer glossy white livery which, with its depth and iridescence, shaped the car, highlighting the sculpted, finely modelled surfaces. Over this unmistakably elegant Italian 'attire' are the specific carbon roll-bar cover and the carbon windscreen ring, which combines the concepts of lightness and resistance, in line with Alfa Romeo's exclusive synthesis of 'functional beauty'. The search for brand-new stylistic solutions can also be seen in the new clamshell headlights, the distinctive differentiated diameter alloy wheels (18" at the front and 19" at the rear) and the large Pirelli tyres.
The elemental design and essential materials also distinguish the interior, which is all designed and built for maximum driving satisfaction. Specifically, the carbon fibre in the interior immediately stands out, used to make the central cell, which has been left in full view to enhance the sense of uniqueness, of technology and light weight. Additionally, to further enhance the unique quality of the spider version, Alfa Romeo's designers have chosen a particular leather upholstery that results from the finest tradition of Italian craftsmanship.
The car is equipped with the new "4-cylinder" 1750 Turbo Petrol with innovative aluminium block - permitting a saving of 22 kg - and specific intake and exhaust systems which have been optimised to enhance the sports appeal of the car even further. In addition, it boasts cutting-edge technical solutions including direct fuel injection, dual continuous variable valve timing, a turbocharger and a revolutionary scavenging control system that gets rid of any turbo lag.
The 1750 Turbo Petrol engine is teamed with the innovative Alfa TCT automatic twin dry clutch transmission, which is a genuine benchmark in its segment due to its limited weight and extreme speed of activation. The gears can also be changed in sequential mode using the "shift paddles" located behind the steering wheel.