Alfa Romeo Spider
|(2005 to 2010)|
|Assembly||San Giorgio Canavese, Turin, Italy (Pininfarina)|
|Designer||Pininfarina/Centro Stile Alfa Romeo (Spider)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door Roadster (Spider)|
|Platform||GM/Fiat Premium platform|
|Related||Alfa Romeo 159|
|Engine||1.75 L TBi I4 t/c petrol |
2.2 L JTS I4 petrol
3.2 L JTS V6 petrol
2.0 L JTDm I4 t/c diesel
2.4 L JTDm I5 t/c diesel
|Transmission||6-speed manual |
6-speed Selespeed semi-automatic
6-speed Q-Tronic AWTF-80 SC automatic
|Wheelbase||2,528 mm (99.5 in)|
|Length||4,410 mm (174 in) (Brera) |
4,393 mm (173.0 in) (Spider)
|Width||1,830 mm (72 in)|
|Height||1,341 mm (52.8 in) (Brera) |
1,318 mm (51.9 in) (Spider)
|Curb weight||1,430–1,625 kg (3,153–3,583 lb)|
The New Spider version (Type 939) was introduced at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show, where it also received "Cabrio of the Year" award. Spider is based on the Brera coupe but is a pure 2-seater convertible. At the beginning there were two engine options available: the 2.2L straight-4 and 3.2L V6 JTS engines, and the JTD common rail turbodiesel was introduced at 2007 Geneva Motor Show. This car replaced Spider 916 model, introduced in 1995. This Spider version can be seen as 6th generation of Alfa Spiders, the first version of which was released in 1966. Production ceased in November 2010.
In 2009, Alfa Romeo released a limited edition of the Brera and Spider in association with Italia Independent, an Italian design company. Limited to 900 units and named after Alfa Romeo's partner in the venture, the Italia Independent edition of the Brera was offered with opaque-finish "titanium" paintwork, 18" "turbine" style alloy wheels and an aluminium fuel-filler cap.
The Italia Independent was offered with 125 kW (170 PS) 2.0 JTDM, 154 kW (210 PS) 2.4 JTDM diesel, JTDM, 157 kW (214 PS) 2.4 JTDM diesel or 147 kW (200 PS) 1.8 TBi, 136 kW (185 PS) 2.2 JTS or 191 kW (260 PS) 3.2 V6 petrol engines and six-speed transmission. Manual, "Selespeed" or automatic Q-Tronic transmission options were offered, and the V6 engined-car was also available with Alfa Romeo's Q4 all-wheel drive system.
Spider 'Mille Miglia'
Alfa Romeo has created a special edition of its Spider convertible in order to commemorate the historic Mille Miglia 1,000 mile race that takes place in Italy annually. The carmaker build just 11 examples of the 'Spider Mille Miglia' to mark the 11 victories it's had in the famous Italian race, which heralded the rise of the original sports grand tourer.
While there are no performance increases, the Spider Mille Miglia is based on the standard 3.2 V6 powerplant that outputs 260 PS (191 kW; 256 hp). Rather than performance upgrades, each special edition features a silver plate that outlines one of Alfa Romeo's victories between 1928 and 1947. The special edition Alfa also gets an exclusive, bright red paintjob called 'Rosso 8C' and a 'Quadrifoglio' logo (a four-leaf clover) on its front wings, as well as red stitching for the black leather seats. Additionally the anti-roll bars are painted in red rather than usual silver.
Spider Limited Edition
The Alfa Spider Limited Edition features a choice of three color combinations (Carbonio Black, Alfa Red, Ghiaccio White) plus 19 inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable and heated memory front seats and door mirrors. The car is also now available with Fiat Group’s Blue&Me hands-free system with voice recognition and media player. Bespoke colours for the Alfa Spider Limited Edition include a Carbonio Black version with a natural leather upholstery while the Alfa Red exterior paintwork is matched to a black leather interior. The Ghiaccio White colour scheme comes with a choice of either black or natural leather upholstery.
Under the hood sits the familiar 185hp 2.2 L JTS petrol engine, which sees the car accelerate from 0-62 mph in about 8.8 seconds and reach a top speed of more than 139 mph (224 km/h). The new limited edition diesel was only on sale in UK from 2009, with prices starting at £29,500 ($54,000) with a top speed of more that 150mph and 0-62 in 7.1 sec, less than 500 were produced worldwide. The 214 bhp diesels were exclusive to the limited edition spider.
Other models include a 3.2 L V6 JTS with 260 PS (191 kW; 256 hp) JTDM, 157 kW (214 PS) 2.4 JTDM diesel (2009-10) and a 2.4 L JTD turbodiesel with 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) on tap.and a 2.4 L JTDM turbodiesel with 210 PS (154 kW; 207 hp) from 2009-