FACTfile - Alfa Spider 2006
The new Alfa Romeo Spider, derived from the gorgeous Alfa Brera coupé, was developed by Pininfarina in conjunction with the Alfa Romeo Style Centre and will be assembled in Pininfarina's San Giorgio Canavese plant.
A byword for sporting prowess, Italian flair and quality, the model is a stylish and generously proportioned 2-seater. The Alfa Spider is 183 centimetres wide, 439 cm long and 131 cm high with a wheelbase of 253 cm, although the sharply tapered front and rear make it look more compact.
Despite this, Alfa Romeo has not had to stoop to compromise by choosing between comfort and function, as designers are often forced to do with this type of car. The luggage compartment offers 253 litres which is always available whether the hood is up or down, while there are numerous roomy oddments recesses, including the chilled one in the central console.
In detail, the new Alfa Spider offers an up-to-date appealing front end, similar to that of the coupé on which it is based, with a shield occupying pride of place in the centre, the starting point of the lines that run along the bonnet and frame the headlights, ‘suspended’ on an air inlet: a stylistic and functional device that Alfa Romeo reserves for its out-and-out sports cars, which makes the front look even wider and more imposing, because the shoulder of the wing and the front pillar are stronger and thicker.
From the side, the combination of a short wheelbase, long bonnet and compact, rear-mounted cabin enhances the car’s sporty, dynamic looks. This impression of great temperament is underlined by the elongated rear lights and four exhaust terminals. But the styling of the new Spider also includes some ‘romantic’ elements, in the best Alfa Romeo tradition, such as the fold-away, light hood, and the design of the rear shoulder muscle that is borrowed directly from the famous Giulietta Spider.
The collaboration between the Alfa Romeo style centre and Pininfarina continues inside the vehicle where a sporty look has been achieved by the general layout and one-off features such as the armrest area of the door panel or the band that wraps around the surface above the rear bench. The dash features an array of controls and instruments that all face the driver. The seats, while maintaining an area with distinctive Alfa piping, have been customised by incorporating the head-restraints into the structure and by side strips that connect the seat-belts and give a personality boost to the seat.
And finally, the Alfa Romeo soft top, an irresistible design feature, is distinctive for its light appearance and the way it blends in perfectly with the rest of the car. For example, the shaped hood cover fits in harmoniously with the body and houses a third brake light in its base.
Last but not least, the rear roll-bar is a safety element that slots perfectly into the silhouette of the car which tracks the line of the seat to shade off into the rear volume above the rigid hood cover. Everything is embellished by the two ‘bosses’ set behind the roll-bar and enriched by some high-tech details.
Sportiness and elegance combined in unique, exclusive styling. harmonious forms and volumes which produce a beautiful, powerful, solid car, when they are supported by Alfa Romeo mechanical and engineering excellence. All this without ever stooping to compromise in terms of comfort and on-board wellbeing.
The Spider Hood
The fully concealed Alfa Spider hood is equipped with a hydraulic system for automated movement. The hood comes with improved looks, streamlining and acoustic comfort. Its practical details have also been improved with mechanisms specially designed to make folding and unfolding operations easier, faster and safer.
In detail, the first of its five steel and aluminium arches is shaped to mould to the upper edge of the windscreen thus continuing the exterior shape seamlessly and making the car more aerodynamic with its hood closed. The hood consists of two skins: the outer skin is a multiplayer cloth with good fire resistance while the inner skin effectively soundproofs the passenger compartment. Special features have also been designed and applied to prevent wind noise during driving with the hood closed, even at high speed. Examples include the special shape of the window retaining channels.
Aboard convertibles driving comfort must be guaranteed both with the hood closed and with the hood open: hence the continuous quest for various individual performance aspects, such as body stiffness, individual frequencies, weight optimisation, aerodynamics, suspension settings and many other features that may be less well known to the general public but all add up to create a top quality product that can be used to best effect in both configurations.
The hood action is also electric and the fold/unfold operations take place automatically. To set the hood in motion, all the driver has to do is press a button after parking the car and applying the handbrake. This single manual operation has been maintained for safety reasons, since accidental system operation is prevented.
In detail, electric hood opening is performed by a specific hydraulic circuit co-ordinated by a special electronic control unit.
Lastly, the car may also be equipped with a transparent wind stop that limits air turbulence in the passenger compartment with the hood open to make it possible to enjoy an equally comfortable trip even at high speed.
Model range and equipment
Spider 2.2 JTS
- Electric windows with one-touch function
- Dual Zone climate control
- Remote central locking with alarm and immobiliser
- 7 airbags, including driver’s knee airbag
- Electronic key and start button
- Stereo radio/CD with steering wheel audio controls and 6 speakers
- 10 Disk CD Stacker
- Leather steering wheel and gearknob
- Fog lights
- Electrically operated roof
- Rear parking sensor
- Cruise control
- Multifunction display with trip computer
- ABS anti-lock braking with EBD, Hillholder and HBA
- VDC with Hill Holder
- 60:40 split folding rear seats
- 18 inch spoke alloy wheels
- Leather interior trim
Spider 3.2 JTS V6
In addition, 3.2 JTS V6 adds:
- 18 inch CloverLeaf alloy wheels
- Pieno Fiore leather interior
- Electrically adjustable seats with heating and memories#
- Electrically folding door mirrors
- Bose sound system
- Blue and Me Bluetooth connection system with i-Pod/USB
- Xenon headlights
- Headlight washers
- Q4 all wheel drive
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