of the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. Base trim shown.
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Head-turning styling
- Mid-engine layout
- Powerful four-cylinder engine
- Steering feedback
- Super-tight cockpit
- Hard ride
- Muscling the manual steering
- Tiny cargo space
- Cabin storage close to nil
- Choice of removable roofs
- Mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car
- Two-seater only
- Carbon fiber and aluminum construction
- Made in Italy at Maserati's Modena plant
What Is the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider?
The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is a two-door convertible that comes in just a Base trim level. The 4C Spider competes with other sporty roadsters like the Porsche Boxster and Chevrolet Corvette. Alfa Romeo also makes a 4C Coupe, which is covered separately on Cars.com.
What's New on the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider?
The 2016 adds a standard Alpine premium stereo with premium speakers, an uplevel alarm system and a locking console. Alfa Romeo has also added an available electronically controlled dual-mode exhaust system and leather styling options to the 2016 Spider.
How Does the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Compare to Other Two-Seat Convertibles?
The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider doesn't reach the same heights of power as competitors like the Porsche Boxster or Chevrolet Corvette. However, the 4C Spider compensates for the performance gap with nimble handling, impeccable style, a lightweight frame and the appeal of exclusivity.
What Features in the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Are Most Important?
The 4C Spider comes standard with manual rack-and-pinion steering and Brembo-brand brakes. Its 237-horsepower, turbocharged 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine teams up with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The 4C Spider features carbon fiber and aluminum construction, plus a dual exhaust system. Drivers can use remote keyless entry to get into the cabin of the 4C Spider, which comes standard with air conditioning and a flat-bottom, leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Rear parking sensors and cruise control are available. Drivers can also opt for the Track Package, which includes a racing-oriented suspension.
As is required in every new vehicle, the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider comes with front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.
Should I Buy the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider?
Sports car enthusiasts will appreciate the styling, steering and handling of the 4C Spider, as well as its powerful four-cylinder engine. Those who want more space in the cockpit and/or for cargo will likely be turned off by the tight interior. Although this rarely seen sports convertible gets points for exclusivity and design, its cabin noise is off-putting, and its manual steering can be difficult to muscle through.
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great car however unrealistic for winter this vehicle needs much more attention to detail on the interior however it has a very sporty exterior. Read full review
Great car but not for everyone
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The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider currently has 0 recalls