Paris Motor Show LIVE: Alfa Romeo 4C Spider image

Following this spring’s 4C Spider Designer Preview Concept, the Italian sports brand has unveiled the production version of the model during the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

If you saw the Geneva Motor Show Concept than the official public unveiling of the series model will hold no surprises – it’s essentially the same, beautiful and open top car. Keeping the same design as the sensual coupe (and for many even making it better), the Spider comes without a roof – using instead a canvas soft-top and carbon fiber rollover bars. The extended use of carbon fiber – for the windscreen frame and spoilers – means the Spider is only 60 kg heavier than its coupe sibling.

The same lightweight material is also present inside the cabin, where the monocoque makes its presence felt in the centre console, door sills and rear bulkhead. The Geneva Concept’s new dual-stage central exhaust system with titanium and carbon tailpipes by Akrapovic has been carried over, ensuring smooth performance and a better soundtrack.

Centrally mounted, the Spider boasts the same engine as the normal 4C, a 1.75-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline that relates 240 HP (177 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) to the rear axle thanks to a dual-clutch 6-speed TCT gearbox. The top speed is 155 mph (250 km/h) and 62 mph will be hit in 4.5 seconds.