After the highly successful launch of the Alfa Romeo Brera
three weeks ago at the 75th Geneva International motor Show, the first batch of spy photographs of
the Spider version are now in circulation.
are the first photographs of the Alfa Romeo Spider which
have been taken by an outsider, following many computer impressions of this highly
anticipated model. Heavily clad with black plastic
camouflage, the new Alfa Romeo Spider will outwardly share an
identical front end with the closed Coupé model.
some of the competition, which have been engineered with
heavy folding roofs, the new Spider follows the tradition
set by its ancestors and is equipped with a soft top. A true
evolution of the previous Alfa Romeo Spider’s, two seats
are provided, which allow for a respectable luggage volume
of approximately 240 litres. In terms of vehicle size, the
Spider is 20 mm shorter than the Brera Coupé due to a shorter rear overhang.
Entry-level 225/55 R16 tyres
are fitted to this Spider prototype, although the 6-spoke alloy wheels are obviously a stand-in for the production examples. Alloy wheels will be fitted across the range, as was not the case with the outgoing Spider. Visitors of the Geneva motor show may have
observed that the Brera show cars were fitted with 18 inch
wheels, with 245/40 R18 tyres. This wheel and tyre size
combination will also be available on the Spider model.
Under the bonnet, the prototype is fitted with the all new
3,199 cc V6 engine, codenamed internally as the ‘HF V6’ engine. The transversally mounted, 24 valve, direct
injection petrol engine boasts an output of no less than 260
bhp, and 335 Nm of torque. An all-wheel-drive traction
system, with rear bias, coupled to a 6-speed gearbox
completes the driveline. The prototype is fitted with a
manual gearbox, although an automatic will be
offered at a later date.
16 inch six-spoke alloy wheels clad with 225/55 R16
tyres are fitted to this Spider prototype, which have
been chosen due to their high ventilation qualities.
clad with black plastic camouflage, the Alfa Romeo
Spider will outwardly share an identical front end
with the closed Coupé model.
the launch range, the 2,198 cc 4-cylinder JTS engine, with
185 bhp and 235 Nm of torque will also be offered, with
front wheel drive and a 6-speed manual gearbox. In 2007, a GTA model is expected, which will feature a
twin-turbo V6 engine with 408 bhp and 680 Nm of torque.
Premium platform is identical to that used on the Brera
Coupé, with a wheelbase of 2,528 mm. To fully exploit the
four-wheel-drive abilities, the Spider makes use of front
quadrilateral suspension at the front, with tri-link at
the rear. Excellent comfort is guaranteed alongside the traditional Alfa
Romeo temperament. ASR (Anti Slip Regulation) and VDC
(Vehicle Dynamic Control) with sporty, non-intrusive
calibration, is also fitted to control the Spider's dynamic
behavior. An electronic system called MSR is also fitted,
which adjusts braking torque during down-changing.
Spider will hit the market in March next year after its world debut at the 2005 Frankfurt IAA in September. It is the new Spider which will provide the necessary cachet for Alfa Romeo to re-enter the US market.