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01 September 1997

Alfa Romeo at the 57th Frankfurt Motor Show, 11-21 september 1997

ALFA SPIDER: THE PLEASURE OF OPEN AIR DRIVING
In the Alfa Spider, the pleasure of driving with the top down is enhanced by scintillating performance and superlative handling. The latter is provided by sophisticated engineering features like multilink rear suspension for amazingly precise steering, promptly responsive performance on bends and impressive stability.
A car with a huge personality, the Alfa Romeo Spider owes much of its success to its unmistakable clean-cut looks.
The version on show in Frankfurt is the outstanding, superlatively equipped 3.0 V6 12V that develops 192 bhp for a top speed of 225 km/h.
The range also includes a 2.0 T. Spark 16V version that develops 150 bhp for a top speed of 210 km/h.

ALFA GTV: LOOKS AND TEMPERAMENT
Visitors to the Alfa Romeo stand at the 57th International Motor Show in Frankfurt will also get a chance to admire the Alfa GTV with its new 3.0 V6 24V engine that develops a peak torque of 27.5 kgm for a superlative top speed of 240 km/h and sizzling acceleration:
0-100 km/h in 6.7 secs, 0-1000 m in 26.8 secs.
Form the outside the GTV 3.0 V6 24V retains the line that made the reputation of this Alfa coupé but is distinguished from the other versions by the big oval ventilation apertures on the wheels through which we see its red-painted brake calipers with their white Alfa logo.
Inside, the small racing car style three-spoke steering wheel can be accompanied by Momo leather trim on seats, door panels, steering wheel and gear lever gaiter.
The Alfa Romeo GTV 3.0 V6 24V offers sporty performance, character, exclusive looks and the sophisticated technology we have come to expect of Alfa Romeo.
The Alfa GTV is also available in a 2.0 T. Spark 16V and a 2.0 V6 TB version.

 

ALFA SPIDER AND GTV, 02 March 1998

Alfa Romeo at the 68th Geneva International Motor Show
Two niche models from Alfa Romeo are displayed at the Geneva Show: the powerful Gtv 3.0 V6 24-valve coupé and the Spider 3.0 V6 12V L.
The Alfa Gtv offers the sporty assertiveness, character, exclusive styling and technological refinement that has always distinguished the brand. In addition to the 3.0 V6 24-valve version on the stand, it is also available in 2.0 T. Spark 16-valve and 2.0 V6 turbo petrol versions.
The exuberant 3.0 litre engine delivers a torque of 27.5 kgm and a top speed of 240 km/h, with scorching acceleration: 6.7 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h. and 26.8 seconds for a kilometre from a standing start.
On the outside, the Alfa Gtv 3.0 V6 24V stands out for the large oval air vents through which one can catch sight of the brake calipers, painted red with Alfa Romeo written in white.
The interior, with its sporty three spoke steering wheel, can be personalised with Momo leather upholstery for the seats, door panels, steering wheel and gear lever knob.
The Alfa Romeo Spider is a model with a strong personality, which owes much of its success to its unmistakable, clean line. The pleasure of driving in the open air combines with sparkling performance and superb handling, guaranteed by sophisticated technologies such as multilink rear suspension, which means extraordinarily precise steering, prompt turn-in to bends and excellent stability.
With the three litre engine (192 bhp-141 kW), the Alfa Spider reaches a top speed of 225 km/h.

 

ALFA GTV AND SPIDER (M.Y. 1998), 20 April 1998

ALFA ROMEO AT THE 67th turin international motor show
The new versions of the Alfa Spider and Gtv will be centre of attention on the Alfa Romeo stand at the Turin Motor Show. This will be the first chance to glimpse the new range, which has now been endowed with more powerful engines. The exteriors put even more emphasis on the different personalities of the two models and a wider choice of colours is available. The interiors have also undergone major changes, with brand new trim and a wider range of standard equipment and options.

ALFA GTV AND SPIDER
An extended range with new, more powerful engines and more equipment, and changes to interior and exterior appearance. The Alfa Romeo Spider and Gtv have plenty to reveal at the Motor Show.
The most important engine novelty is the adoption of a 144 bhp-106 kW 1.8 T. Spark 16V unit, a development of the same basic engine fitted to other cars in the Alfa range. Customers thus have a wider choice of engine capacities that range from the 1747 cc of the new engine to the three litres of the 3.0 V6. The power of the variable geometry 2.0 T. Spark 16V engine has also been increased:
from 150 bhp-110 kW to 155 bhp-114 kW.
In Italy, the Spider is now exclusively available with a 200 bhp-147 kW 2.0 V6 turbo petrol engine (already fitted to the Alfa Gtv).
To move on to the mechanical systems, the Alfa Gtv 3.0 V6 24V is fitted with a six-speed gearbox with a sixth power speed. When this solution is fitted in conjunction with an aerodynamic kit to improve car Cd (black front spoiler and body-coloured rear spoiler with built-in third brake light), the car can reach a top speed of 250 km/h.
Changes to the cars’ appearances are all aimed at more emphatically highlighting the different natures and personalities of the two cars. Exterior changes include new body colours, sideskirts, car-coloured bumpers and side strips, wheel trim design and a new 16″ wheel design (17″ wheels are also available on the Alfa Gtv). The exhaust tailpipe has also changed: chrome-plated stainless steel on the Alfa Spider and black for the Alfa Gtv.
The front shield has changed and is now framed by a chrome-plated moulding in line with Alfa tradition. A black, scored door sill plate bears the wording Alfa Romeo in aluminium-grey and a new black strip has been added between hood cover and boot.
The even better-looking interior features a slightly modified instrument and control facia and central console. The console houses an automatic climate control system and extends between the front seats, where armrests and small oddments compartments are located. The new interior outfit is completed by brand new cloth trim for the seats and door panels. Other details such as the gear knob, mats and boot lining have also been changed. On the most luxurious specification, which is incidentally also the most popular (it accounts for more than 70% of sales), seats fully upholstered in Momo leather are fitted as standard (with a choice of black, red and hide colours).
The option range has also been extended to offer solutions such as an aerodynamic kit to enhance the Alfa Gtv’s sporty nature and devices designed to increase comfort and elegance. These include a radio-controlled door lock, special Blue Style and Red Style interiors, electrically-controlled heated tilting front seats and wiring for a car phone.
We have come up with an alternative to the conventional spare wheel, and it is fitted to the Alfa Spider and Gtv. It is known as a ‘Tyrekit’ and includes a sealant cylinder for temporary repairs, plus an electric compressor to re-inflate the tyre. Customers can order the kit instead of a normal spare wheel with no surcharge to increase effective luggage room by 45 dm3.

Engines
The new Alfa Spider and Gtv cars can now be fitted with an 1.8 T. Spark 16V engine developed from the unit already fitted to other members of the Alfa Romeo range. This power unit features a variable geometry intake manifold in plastic material (nylon strengthened with fibreglass) designed to ensure complete cylinder filling (with air) at all rpms. Torque delivery is thus increased at low and medium speeds (between 3000 and 4500 rpm) and power output is improved at high speeds. For the driver, this feature means a better engine response around town and on the motorway.
Careful choice of materials and component integration have made it possible to reduce engine and injection system weight by 4 per cent. The use of long life platinum spark plugs and hydraulic tappets with automatic tensioners on all belts reduces maintenance to a minimum. The spark plugs do not need attention until the car has been driven for 100,000 km.
Great care has also been taken to reduce the already low exhaust emission level. Solutions adopted include a hot lambda probe and a trivalent catalytic converter with a ceramic mount joined to a stainless steel front pipe. Emissions due to fuel evaporating into the air have also been reduced by fitting a returnless fuel supply system (this prevents fuel returning to the tank and includes a pressure regulation valve built into the petrol pump).
The 1.8 T. Spark 16V engine offers anyone who drives an Alfa Romeo Spider or Gtv plenty of torque, excellent specific power, a smooth, seamless drive even at low speeds, top performance and low emissions. Performance levels are also excellent: this 144 bhp-106 kW power unit can take the Alfa Romeo Spider to 205 km/h, with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.3 seconds, while the Alfa Gtv is capable of 210 km/h with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds.
A development of the earlier 2.0 engine, the 2.0 T. Spark 16V fitted to 1998 range Spider and Gtv versions offers a substantial power increase. The output rises from 150 bhp-110 kW to 155 bhp-114 kW. Like the 1.8, this is fitted with a variable geometry plastic intake manifold and benefits from a similar weight reduction (4 per cent). The cylinder head is fitted with twin shafts and four valves per cylinder, with particularly compact combustion chamber roof geometry for high volumetric and thermodynamic efficiency. Together with other solutions (such as a crankshaft with eight counterweights and torsional vibration damper), the two counter-rotating balancer shafts minimise vibrations and engine noise to levels comparable to that of a 6 cylinder in line unit.
The 2.0 T. Spark 16V engine increases the top speed of both models: the Alfa Spider reaches 211 km/h, the Alfa Gtv goes to 216 km/h. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is unchanged at 8.4 seconds.
The 200 bhp-147 kW 2.0 V6 turbo petrol engine now available on Alfa Spiders sold in Italy is the same as the unit already fitted to the Alfa Gtv. Significant technical features of this power unit include a 60° V six cylinder configuration. This ensures the crankshaft turns evenly and maintains the drive as smooth as possible under all service conditions. The turbocharger also allows a drive torque comparable to that of an aspirated three litre engine at a lower engine speed. Car acceleration and pick-up are therefore improved. Top speeds differ slightly: 228 km/h for the Alfa Spider and 235 km/h for the Alfa Gtv.
The range is headed by the 3.0 V6 12V, which delivers 192 bhp-141 kW and takes the Alfa Spider to 225 km/h, with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. This is joined by a 220 bhp-162 kW 3.0 V6 24V unit. The peak performance of the engine is unchanged, but an Alfa Gtv fitted with a new six-speed gearbox and aerodynamic kit can now reach 250 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.7 seconds. The credit goes to the sixth power speed added to the basic, highly reliable five speed unit. In the UK, the Alfa Gtv 3.0 V6 24V is currently available with a five-speed gearbox.

Specifications
The new Alfa Gtv and Alfa Spider range extension project provided an opportunity to improve the specification of both models.
The medium version, for example, now offers the following as standard: cloth seats and panels, front seat-belt pretensioners, driver’s airbag, electrically-operated windows (automatic from driver’s side), two heated electrically-operated door mirrors, central locking and check control for door and boot locking. All this plus: a three-spoke steering wheel adjustable for height and reach, provision for a radio with aerial and speakers, power steering, third brake light, headlamp alignment adjustment, fog lamp, ABS, cloth hood and an electronic key.
On the deluxe specification, this impressive equipment list is extended to include different items according to the engine version. The 2.0 T. Spark, 2.0 V6 turbo petrol unit and the 3.0 V6 12V are fitted with 16″ light alloy wheels (the patterns are different on the Alfa Spider and the Alfa Gtv), automatic climate control system with pollen filter, seats and door panels in Momo leather (front and rear spoilers), red-painted brake calipers and, if required, 17″ alloy wheels at no extra price.

Options
Despite this wealth of equipment, customers may nevertheless still wish to customise their car still further by choosing from the extensive options list.
One of the most significant is the Alfa Gtv aerodynamic kit. This includes a black front spoiler (in polyurethane) and a car-coloured rear spoiler with built-in third brake light (in polyurethane with glass fibre). This kit improves performance by 5 km/h.
Customers who opt for Momo leather seats (an option on the medium specification, but standard on the deluxe) can choose between black, red and hide-coloured with grey, red or beige carpets respectively. Stylish Blue Style and Red Style interiors are also available. The former features a blue facia, carpet, mats and door panel, while the seats may be trimmed with Momo blue or white leather (the hood is blue cloth on the Spider). In Red Style versions, the facia and door panel are red, the carpet and mats are black and the seats are trimmed in red or black Momo leather (the hood is in black cloth on the Spider).
The telephone provision offers a dual function speaker (radio and phone) on the passenger door and a new dual function stylus-type aerial.
The highly efficient new automatic climate control system with pollen filter automatically manages temperature and air flow, leaving the user to adjust distribution as required. Output increases from 300 to 350 m3/h and is ensured by a particularly noiseless centrifugal fan. Distribution is through 14 outlets. Passenger compartment air quality is assured in all circumstances by a pollen filter which traps dust and pollen particles. The filter is able to remove 50 per cent of particles between 0.5 and 1 µm, 70 per cent of particles between 1 and 1.5 µm and all particles bigger than 8 µm.
The Alfa Spider and Alfa Gtv are fitted as standard with a conventional spare wheel. If required, though, customers can ask for a special ‘Tyrekit’ instead at no extra cost. This consists of a sealant cylinder (for provisional repair of the damaged tyre) and an electrically-operated compressor to re-inflate the tyre (powered through the cigar lighter socket). Effective boot space is increased by 45 dm3 when this solution is chosen.
The options list is completed by: metallic or iridescent paint, 16″ alloy wheels (on the medium version), an electronic antitheft device, radio-controlled door lock, heated tilting electrically-controlled front seats, passenger airbag and built-in radio with removable front. Options specifically designed for the Alfa Gtv include 17″ wheels, an aerodynamic kit (front spoiler and rear spoiler with built-in third brake light) and an electric sunroof. On the Alfa Spider, the electric hood may be in blue or black cloth, depending on the interior.

Colours
Just as clothing colours distinguish people of different temperament and nature, body shades differentiate between the Alfa Spider and the Alfa Gtv. Each sports car offers a range of nine colours: three pastel shades (Alfa Red, Black and White) and three metallic shades (Proteus Red, Eclipse Grey and Light Grey) for both models. These are joined by two special metallic shades (Sargasso Green and Sail blue for the Alfa Gtv; Zoe Yellow and Victoria Blue for the Alfa Spider). Lastly, the iridescent colours Cloud Blue for the Alfa Gtv and Oasis Green for the Alfa Spider. The last two colours are referred to as iridescent because of their transparency and lightness. They are created using a special technique that involves the application of several coats: a primer, white or light grey undercoat, five coats of enamel sprayed on at right angles to one another and lastly a coat of clear varnish. The iridescent effect is produced by light ray reflection, refraction and interference. These physical phenomena mean that observers see different colours depending on where they are standing and what the light conditions are.

 

ALFA GTV AND SPIDER , 28 September 1998

ALFA ROMEO AT THE 73rd PARIS INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
The Alfa Romeo stand would not be complete without the Spider and Gtv. These recently updated models now offer even more comfort, sportiness and driving satisfaction.
The credit goes first and foremost to the new engines. The choice has now been extended to include a 144 bhp-106 kW 1.8 T. Spark 16V, a development of the engine already used on other cars in the Alfa range. With a variable geometry intake manifold able to ensure an adequate air flow to the cylinders at all rpm, this power unit offers more and ensures a prompter response. It is able to deliver plenty of torque at low and medium speeds (between 3000 and 4500 rpm) and excellent specific power (82 bhp/l). Its performance figures confirm the brand’s sporty traditions: 205 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.3 seconds for the Alfa Spider, 210 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 in 9.2 seconds for the Gtv.
The variable geometry 2.0 T. Spark 16V also benefits from a power increase from 150 bhp-110 kW to 155 bhp-114 kW. In addition, the 200 bhp-147 kW 2.0 V6 turbo petrol engine previously fitted to the Alfa Gtv has now been adopted by the Spider as well.
The range is completed by the 3.0 V6. In the 192 bhp-141 kW 12 valve version fitted to the Alfa Spider, this engine reaches 225 km/h with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. The 24 valve unit fitted to the Alfa Gtv unleashes 220 bhp-162 kW and is combined with a six speed gearbox with a sixth non-overdrive speed. With an aerodynamic kit fitted, this solution allows the Gtv to reach 250 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.7 seconds.
Appearance has also changed. The new features are designed to emphasise the different characters and personalities of the Spider and Gtv still further. The design of the wheel trims, 16″ wheels and exhaust tail-pipe are now different. The front shield has also been changed and is now surrounded by a chrome-plated profile in the best Alfa tradition. The grooved sill plate is in black with Alfa Romeo written in aluminium-grey and another black band separates the hood cover and luggage compartment. The exterior colours have been revised, as have the sideskirts, bumpers and side panels which are body-coloured.
On board the car, the revised facia instruments and controls are immediately apparent, while the central console now extends between the front seats where the armrests and small oddments compartments are located. The new interior trim is completed by brand new seat and panel cloth plus other revised features such as the gear knob, carpets, luggage compartment trim.
The extension of the Alfa Gtv and Alfa Spider range offered an opportunity to improve the outfits of both models. The ‘medium’ package on show in Paris, for example, now offers as standard: cloth seats and panels, front seat-belt pretensioners, driver’s airbag, electric windows (automatic on the driver’s side), two heated electric door mirrors, central locking and check control for closing the doors and boot. Other benefits include: a three-spoke steering wheel with height and reach adjustment, provision for radio with aerial and speakers, power steering, third brake light, headlamp alignment adjustment, fog lamps, antiskid system, cloth hood and electronic immobiliser. The Deluxe specification has also been further extended to offer seats and panels in Momo leather.
More demanding motorists may also customise their cars to their own taste with many options. In particular, both models offer stylish Red Style and Blue Style interiors. In the first version, the facia, carpet, map and door panel body are blue, while the seats may be in blue or white Momo leather (on the Spider, the hood is in blue cloth). In the Red Style version, on the other hand, the facia and door panel are red, the carpet and mat are black and the seats are in Momo leather or black as preferred (the hood is in black cloth on the Spider).
Both models are fitted as standard with a conventional spare wheel. But customers can also opt (at no extra cost) for a special Tyre kit consisting of a sealant canister (for provisional repairs to a damaged tyre) and an electrically-operated compressor to re-inflate the tyre (it is plugged in to the cigar lighter socket). This solution increases luggage compartment capacity by 45 dm3.

 

02 dicembre 1998

MOTOR SHOW BOLOGNA 1998: SPIDER E GTV ALFA ROMEO
Bologna exhibition also exhibits models of “niche” of the brand: the Alfa Spider and GTV, particularly appreciated by the strong personality and brilliant four- and six-cylinder engines.
One of the Alfa GTV exposed hides under the hood a powerful 3.0 V6 24 valve 220 hp (162 kW). Combined with a six-speed gearbox with sixth power (and the aerodynamic kit), it enables the coupe Alfa to reach 250 km / h and accelerates from zero to 100 km / h in just 6.7 seconds. The 3.0 also equips the Alfa Spider. Adopts this model, however, the 12-valve version of 192 hp (141 kW), which provides a maximum speed of 225 km / h and acceleration brilliant: from zero to 100 km / h in 7.3 seconds.
The second Alfa GTV on display in Bologna is equipped with the 2.0 V6 Turbo with 200 hp (147 kW), an engine of the upper class.
The Alfa Spider, however, is a 1.8. This engine Twin Spark 16V 144 hp (106 kW), is the one adopted more recently by the two models. Able to deliver so much torque at low and mid-range (between 3000 and 4500 rev / min) and an excellent specific power (82 hp / l), it offers performance worthy of the sporting tradition of the brand: 205 km / h top speed and acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 9.3 seconds for the Alfa Spider; 210 km / h and acceleration from 0 to 100 in 9.2 seconds for the Alfa GTV.
The offer of engines is completed by the 2.0 Twin Spark 16V variable geometry of 155 hp (114 kW), a displacement for the classic Alfa Romeo sports.
As you know Alfa Spider and GTV emphasize, externally, the different personalities with particular respectively chromed stainless steel and in black. On both models the range between the trunk and hood cover is black, as well as the sills, bearing the words Alfa Romeo in gray aluminum. Skirts, bumpers and side strips are color-keyed.
Internally sportiness and comfort are reflected in the seat fabric, panels, carpets, in the luggage compartment trim, the shift knob.
Two, and both prestigious outfits. “Medium” includes, as standard, seats and fabric panels, front seat belt pretensioners, driver airbag, electric windscreen wipers as the mirrors (which are heated), central locking and check control for closing doors and boot . And then: a three-spoke steering wheel with double adjustment, radio preparation with aerial and speakers, power steering, third brake light, correction of the headlamps, fog lights, antiskid, soft top and an electronic key.
At these facilities, setting up “luxury” adds automatic climate control with pollen filter, the seats and leather panels “Momo”. It also offers a number of different content depending on the engine: light alloy wheels 16 “on 2.0 T. Spark, 2.0 V6 turbo petrol and 3.0 V6 12V (of different design for Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV); aerodynamic kit ( dam front and rear spoiler), red brake calipers and alloy wheels 17 “(for those who wish) on alpha GTV 3.0 V6 24V.
For both models, finally, they are available – as an option – the smart interiors “Blue Style” and “Red Style”.

 

Alfa Gtv and Spider, 08 March 1999

69th GENEVA MOTOR SHOW: ALFA SPIDER AND Gtv
The Alfa Romeo range line-up is completed by two cars with powerful sporting personalities equipped with lively four and six cylinder engines: the Alfa Spider and the Alfa Gtv.
Guts and character are the attributes of the powerful 220 bhp (162 kW) 3.0 V6 24V power unit fitted to the Gtv on view. This engine, combined with a six-speed gearbox with sixth non-overdrive speed and aerodynamic kit (standard on this version), takes Alfa’s coupé to a top speed of 250 km/h with acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.7 seconds.
The 3.0 unit is also fitted to the Alfa Spider. Unlike the Gtv, this model adopts the 192 bhp (141 kW) 12-valve version, which ensures it a top speed of 225 km/h and acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds.
The Geneva stand also houses the 144 bhp (106 kW) Alfa Spider 1.8 Twin Spark 16V. An engine capable of performances worthy of the brand’s sporting heritage: plenty of torque at low and medium speeds (between 3000 and 4500 rpm) and excellent specific power (82 bhp/l). Top speed is 205 km/h with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.3 seconds. The Gtv with 1.8 Twin Spark engine, on the other hand, is capable of a top speed of 210 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 in 9.2 seconds.
The array of engines is completed by the 155 bhp (114 kW) variable geometry 2.0 Twin Spark 16V, a classic engine size for sporty Alfa Romeos – and the 200 bhp-147 kW 2.0 V6 turbo petrol unit.
Two outfits are available, both of them prestigious: a medium and a deluxe with a wide equipment selection. The options include stylish Blue Style and Red Style interiors. The public may admire the sophistication of the Red Style version, with its red facia and door panel, black carpets and mats and Momo leather seats (a choice of red or black), inside the Gtv on view at the Motor Show.

 

29 aprile 1999

ALFA GTV CUP 1999
LE CARATTERISTICHE TECNICHE DELLA VETTURA

Motore:
caratteristiche 6 cilindri a V di 60°
cilindrata 2959 cm3
prestazioni 230 CV a 6900 giri/min
Sospensioni:
geometria di serie
assetto ribassato
molle ed ammortizzatori “racing”
Trasmissione:
di serie
Freni:
impianto di serie
placchette racing
Pneumatici:
slick Michelin S9 (Asciutto) 20/61-16
rain Michelin P2.B (Bagnato) 20/61-16
Dotazioni di sicurezza:
roll-bar e gabbia
sedile anatomico da competizione
estintore
ganci fermacofano
staccabatteria
cinture di sicurezza a 5 punti
Dimensioni:
altezza mm 1270
lunghezza mm 4285
larghezza mm 1780

 

Alfa Gtv and Spider, 06 September 1999

ALFA ROMEO AT THE 58th INTERNATIONAL FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW
The Frankfurt Motor Show would not be the same without the Alfa Gtv and Spider: two different models that share the same unmistakable sporty personality and attractive, uncluttered lines.
The cars come with five engines. Three are common to both models: 144 bhp (106 kW) 1.8 T. Spark 16V, 155 bhp (114 kW) 2.0 T. Spark 16V variable geometry and 200 bhp (147 kW) 2.0 V6 turbo.
The 220 bhp (162 kW) 3.0 V6 24V unit is reserved for the Alfa Gtv. This powerful, spirited engine propels the Alfa coupé along at a speed of 250 km/h, with acceleration from 0 to100 km/h in just 6.7 seconds. The same power unit is also fitted to the Alfa Spider, but in a 192 bhp (141 kW) 12 valve version that guarantees a top speed of 225 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 in 7.3 seconds.
Visitors to Frankfurt will be able to see both versions with the 3.0 engine. The Alfa Gtv engine is in Nuvola Blue and the Spider is in the new Oasis Green. Both shades feature the iridescent finish first seen on the Alfa 156.
These sporty Alfa Romeos come in two outfits: medium and deluxe, both highly prestigious. The option list includes a new addition: an electrically-controlled seat. This feature increases the comfort level of both models and extends an already long and diverse list of options, including the sophisticated, stylish Blue Style and Red Style interiors.
Blue Style interiors come with a blue facia, carpet, mat and door panel body. The seats can come in blue or white leather (the hood is in blue cloth on the Spider). The Red Style version has a red facia, black door panel, black carpet and mat and red or black leather seats as required. On the Spider, the hood is in black cloth.

The lively Alfa Red Gtv turbo is also kitted out with front aerodynamic strips, wheelarch with trim, sideskirts, boot spoiler and exclusive single-nut alloy wheels with 17″ 225/45 tyres. The interior is equipped with a sporty pedal unit, left foot rest and aluminium sill strip.

 

26 novembre 1999

Motor Show di Bologna 1999: Spider e Gtv Alfa Romeo
To satisfy the interest of all driving enthusiasts, the stand Alfa Romeo Spider and GTV are also shown, two models attractive styling, featuring engines generous, great comfort and excellent dynamic performance in any driving situation.
Two Alfa Spider on display: the one with the 2.0 16V T.SPARK from 114 kW (155 hp) and the 1.8 16V T.SPARK from 106 kW (144 hp). The range is completed by Spider other two engines: 2.0 V6 turbo engine with 200 hp (147 kW) and 3.0 V6 12V. The latter delivers 141 kW (192 hp) and allows the Alfa Spider to reach 225 km / h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.3 seconds.
It is also a 3.0 Gtv exposed, but its powerful engine develops a maximum power of 162 kW (220 hp) and 24 valves instead of 12. Combined with a six-speed gearbox with sixth power guarantees the Alfa coupe Romeo a top speed of 250 km / h. Just 6.7 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h. The GTV, like Spider, is also available with two engines T.SPARK and with the 2.0 V6 turbo.
Comfort and sportiness of the two niche models of Alfa Romeo are also reflected in the two interior equipment, both of prestige. A novelty, finally, among the options. It is the seat electrically controlled which makes it even more comfortable the GTV and enriches an offer of optional extras already wide and varied, in which stand out the elegant interiors “Blue Style” and “Red Style”.
Alongside the standard versions, it is exposed on the stand also the coupe racing with which this year 160 passionate sports customers have had the opportunity to participate in the Trofeo Alfa GTV Cup.
Equipped with the same engine as the standard versions (3.0 V6 24V), the GTV race has undergone some changes, to meet the standards of the FIA regulations. The structure, for example, is lowered. Stiffer shock absorbers.
To lighten the car, all the superfluous parts for racing (seats, protective coatings, paints deadening, floor mats) have been discarded and replaced with the safety devices and the specific details for competitions.
The equipment includes the GTV Cup, in fact: Bar Proximity alerts of domes; exhaust system complies with Regulation CSAI; body stiffened by tubular roll-bar cage; door panels fireproof material; safety belts to five points; fermacofano hooks and fermabaule; contoured seat and steering wheel racing; fire extinguisher system and switch.
Well cared for, finally, aerodynamics, thanks to the front spoiler and sills plus. The wheels, light alloy, are 6.5 “x16”.

 

28 febbraio 2000

L’Alfa Romeo al 70° Salone Internazionale dell’Automobile di Ginevra – Alfa Gtv e Spider
Conclude the range of two Alfa Romeo models attractive styling, featuring engines generous, great comfort and excellent dynamic performance in all driving conditions: the Alfa Spider and GTV.
Spider is exposed engine T.SPARK 2.0 16V 114 kW (155 hp), a displacement for the classic Alfa Romeo. Driven by this engine, the car reaches 211 km / h. The seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h is 8.4.
The Alfa Spider is completed by three engines: 1.8 16V T.SPARK from 106 kW (144 hp), 2.0 V6 turbo engine from 147 kW (200 hp) and 3.0 V6 12V 141 kW (192 hp).
It is also a 3.0 Alfa GTV exposed, but its powerful engine develops a maximum power of 162 kW (220 hp) and 24 valves instead of 12. Combined with a six-speed gearbox with sixth power and aerodynamic kit This engine provides a top speed of 250 km / h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in just 6.7 seconds. Points, therefore, in particular the determination of this coupe.
The sporty character of the two niche models in the Alfa Romeo is also reflected in the preparations, both of prestige. They include the availabilty elegant interiors “Blue Style” and “Red Style”, and the seat electrically controlled which makes it even more comfortable the Alfa GTV and enriches an offer of optional extras already wide and varied.

 

30 maggio 2000

L’Alfa Romeo al 68° Salone Internazionale dell’Automobile di Torino – Alfa Gtv e Spider
Finally, here are the two niche models in the Alfa range: Alfa GTV and Spider, two cars featuring charming style, refined technology and temperament from real sports.
The coupe has exposed the powerful 3.0 V624V, which develops a maximum power of 162 kW (220 hp). Combined with a six-speed gearbox with sixth power and aerodynamic kit, this engine provides a top speed of 250 km / h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in just 6.7 seconds.
The range of the Alfa GTV also offers other engines, different setting and purpose, but always Alfa Romeo in the level of benefits. This is the 1.8 T. Spark 16V 106 kW (144 hp), the 2.0 T. Spark 16V 114 kW (155 hp) and the 2.0 V6 turbo engine from 147 kW (200 hp).
Next to the GTV as always there is the Alfa Spider, a model that the pleasure of open-air motoring combines a high ride comfort. Spider presented in Turin is a displacement classic Alfa’s cars: it is the 2.0 T. Spark 16V 114 kW (155 hp). Driven by this engine, the car reaches 211 km / h. The seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h is 8.4.
The Alfa Spider is completed by three engines: 1.8 T. Spark 16V 106 kW (144 hp), 2.0 V6 turbo engine from 147 kW (200 hp) and 3.0 V6 12V 141 kW (192 hp).
Two trim levels of the Alfa GTV and Spider. “Medium” (available in Italy only with the 1.8 engine) has seats and fabric panels, front seat belt pretensioners, driver airbag, electric front windows (automatic on the driver’s side), two electrically operated heated door mirrors, central locking, check control for closing doors and trunk, three spoke steering wheel adjustable for height and depth. And again, automatic climate control with pollen filter, power steering, ABS, third brake light, correction of the headlamps, fog lamps, radio preparation with aerial and speakers, soft top, electronic key.
The exhibition “luxury”, which the public can admire on the Alfa GTV and Spider on display in Turin, adds to these features, different particulars depending on the engine. About 2.0 T. Spark, V6 2.0 TB and 3.0 V6 12V, for example, there are alloy wheels 16 “(of different design for Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV) and seats and door panels in leather Momo (black, red or leather). on alpha GTV 3.0 V6 24V are provided, in addition, the aerodynamic kit (front and rear spoiler) and brake calipers painted red.
They include the availabilty special equipment “Blue Style” and “Red Style” and the seat with the electric drive, available only on Alfa GTV.

 

Alfa Gtv and Spider (M.Y, 2001), 27.09.2000

ALFA ROMEO AT THE 74th PARIS INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
Open-topped Alfa Romeo cars have always been a symbol of their time. They form part of our collective memory and constitute an undeniable stylistic niche. The Alfa Spider is part of this tradition.
This good-looking, safe car features sophisticated styling and technology and also offers a magnificent drive with impeccable dynamic behaviour under all driving conditions.
At the Paris Show you can see the 110 kW (150 bhp) 2.0 T. Spark 16V. Propelled by this power unit, the car can reach a speed of 210 km/h. It takes 8.5 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h. The Alfa Spider engine range is completed by a 160 kW (218 bhp) 3.0 V6 24V unit.
Yet the show would not be complete without our glamorous sporty coupé.
The Alfa Gtv 3.0 V6 24V is capable of maximum power of 160 kW (218 bhp). When combined with a six-speed gearbox with sixth non-overdrive gear and an aerodynamic kit (the latter is available as an option), the engine guarantees a top speed of 248 km/h and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.8 seconds.
Like the Spider, the Gtv is also available with the 110 kW-150 bhp 2.0 T. Spark 16V engine.
The ideal balance between comfort and sportiness that typifies both Alfa’s niche models is also reflected in their two prestigious outfits (medium and deluxe). The options list features stylish Blue Style and Red Style interiors and an electrically-operated seat (available only on the Alfa Gtv).

 

Alfa Gtv and Spider, 22.02.2001

Alfa Romeo at the 71st Geneva International Motor Show
The motor show line-up is completed by our two niche models: the Alfa Gtv and Spider, two good-looking, safe cars that are highly satisfying to drive due to their impeccable dynamic behaviour under all driving conditions.
In Geneva you can see an Alfa Spider version equipped with a six cylinder 3.0 unit with multivalve timing and 60° V architecture. This power unit can develop a maximum power output of 160 kW (218 bhp) and propel the car forward at a top speed of 233 km/h. It takes just 6.8 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h.
The same engine is fitted to Alfa’s glamorous coupé. When combined with a six-speed gearbox with sixth non-overdrive gear and an aerodynamic kit (the latter is available as an option), the power unit ensures exceptional performance: 160 kW (218 bhp) to achieve a top speed of 248 km/h.
Both Spider and Gtv are also available with a 110 kW-150 bhp 2.0 T. Spark engine.
The options list features stylish Blue Style and Red Style interiors and an electrically-operated seat (available only on the Alfa Gtv).

 

08 maggio 2001

“Limited Edition” per Alfa 156, Sportwagon, Spider e GTV
LIMITED EDITION FOR 2001 AND GTV SPIDER
Also in the second half of May also begin deliveries of the Alfa GTV and Spider Limited Edition 2001, a batch of only 600 copies with an exclusive exhibition, in conjunction with the engine 2.0 Twin Spark 16v 150 bhp.

GTV 2.0 TS 16v Limited Edition, which will retail for 31,200 euros (L. 60,411,624) turnkey, offers a wealth of standard equipment, which includes all the contents of version 2.0 TS 16v L and:

metallic paint,
dual air bags,
remote central locking,
radio with CD player,
17-inch alloy wheels,
225/45 17,
Elegant interiors.

Spider Limited Edition, on sale at 33,780 euros (L. 65,407,201) turnkey, offering, in addition to the contents of version 2.0 TS 16v L:

electric hood,
Interior Blue Style – Red Style with chrome trim,
metallic paint,
dual air bags,
remote central locking,
radio with CD player,
17-inch alloy wheels,
225/45 17.

Turin, 8 May 2001

 

Alfa Spider, 10.09.2001

ALFA ROMEO AT THE 59TH FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
The personality-packed Alfa Spider owes much of its public success to its clean, unmistakable shape. The joy of open-topped driving is also combined with sprightly performance and great handling.
The Alfa Spider is present at Frankfurt in the 2.0 T. Spark 16v version capable of 110 kW – 150 bhp. When propelled by this power unit, the car can reach 210 km/h and speed from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.5 seconds. The model may alternatively be equipped with a 160 kW (218 bhp) 3.0 V6 24V unit.
The ideal balance between comfort and sportiness revealed by the Alfa Spider is also reflected by the two prestige specifications (medium and deluxe).
The options list now includes a satellite navigation system built into the radio. The system was developed by Blaupunkt (Bosch), one of the sector leaders and may be used as a navigation system or to play music CDs. It consists of a central unit (the radio navigation system), orientation and direction sensors and a GPS (Global Position System) satellite aerial.
The car’s position is pinpointed with great speed upon start-up and located by means of data sent to the computer receiver by the satellite GPS aerial. To locate the car’s position with such precision, signals sent by the satellites are combined with a digital map of the area stored on a CD-ROM inserted in the car’s navigation system. This map matching operation is carried out by sensors: it serves to combine geographical co-ordinates with information on the topographic shape of the terrain.
Once the car has been located, the device guides the driver to his or her destination step by step by means of visual messages (pictograms) and voice messages. All you have to do is tell the system your destination and indicate your preferences: motorway route, only main roads, fastest route, shortest route etc. From then to the destination, the electronic copilot informs the driver of direction changes so that all trips can be undertaken without uncertainty.
The CD-ROMs contain digital maps and all necessary navigation software in addition to useful destinations including service stations, car hire centres, airports, railway stations, motorway exits etc.
The navigation system increases driving comfort by making driving a more relaxed affair. This comfort is further enhanced by a radio with CD, also available as an option.
The CD-changer can hold up to 10 discs.
The system is protected against theft by a four-figure code: when the battery is disconnected (as occurs when the set is stolen), the radio cannot be turned back on without the code.

 

Alfa Gtv and Spider, 30.11.2001

FIAT AUTO AT THE 26th BOLOGNA MOTOR SHOW
The spotlights on the Alfa Romeo stand at Bologna will also be on the Spider and powerful coupé. The open-topped model is represented by the 110 kW-150 bhp 2.0 16 valve unit. The Alfa Gtv comes with a 160 kW-218 bhp 3.0 V6 24 valve unit.
These two niche cars from the Alfa range feature an ideal balance between comfort and sportiness. The attributes are also reflected in the specifications (standard and deluxe) that are both prestigious.
The options list includes a satellite navigation system built into the radio. The system was developed by Blaupunkt (Bosch), one of the sector leaders and may be used as a navigation system or to play music CDs. It consists of a central unit (the radio navigation system), orientation and direction sensors and a GPS (Global Position System) satellite aerial.
Digital maps and all the necessary navigation software are stored on a CD-ROM. It is also possible to call up a set of stored destinations such as service stations, car hire offices, airports, railway stations and motorway exits.
On-board comfort is enhanced by a radio with CD player, again available as an option (the CD-changer can hold up to 10 discs).
The ranges of both models also include Limited Editions, i.e. special versions powered by 2.0 T. Spark 16V engines and fitted with a long list of standard options.
The Alfa Spider Limited Edition offers the following over and above the features of the 2.0: electric hood, Blue Style of Lys Grey leather interiors with chrome finish, metallic paintwork, twin airbag, remote-controlled central locking, radio with CD player, 17 inch alloy wheels, 225/45 tyres.
The Gtv Limited Edition offers: metallic paintwork, twin airbag, remote-controlled central locking, radio with CD player, 17 inch alloy wheels, 225/45 tyres and Elegant interiors.
The 2001 Limited Edition versions are joined by a Alfa Gtv Cup 2001 version that expands the limited edition equipment list to include: front and rear spoilers, sideskirts, side air intakes and red brake calipers. The specification is available on the 110 kW-150 bhp 2.0 T. Spark 16V version.

 

THE ALFA SPIDER, 25.02.2002

ALFA ROMEO AT THE 72nd GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
The spotlight will also be on the Spider on the Alfa Romeo stand in Geneva, with a 2.0 16V (110 kW – 150 bhp) version on display.
Alfa’s convertible embodies perfect balance between comfort and sportiness, qualities that are reflected in the two prestigious outfits (medium and deluxe). Options include a radio-navigator, developed by Blaupunkt (Bosch), a leader in this field; the system can be used as a navigator, or to play a CD. It comprises a central unit (the radio-navigator), orientation and direction sensors and a GPS (Global Position System) satellite aerial. The digital maps and all the navigation software are on CD-Rom. It is also possible to call up a series of memorised destinations such as service stations, car rental companies, airports, railway stations and motorway exits.
The radio-CD player enhances onboard comfort, and a 10-disc CD player is also offered as an option.
The Spider range includes the Limited Edition, a special version powered by the 2.0 T. Spark 16V engine, and lavishly equipped. In addition to the features of the 2.0 version, it sports an electric hood, Blue Style trim or Lys Grey leather upholstery with chrome finishing elements, metallic paint, double airbag, remote control central locking, radio with CD player, 17 inch alloy wheels and 225/45 tyres.

 

Motus and Lux, May 29, 2002

Motus, Lux e Plug-In le nuove versioni di Alfa Gtv, Spider e 147
From June 1 Alfa GTV and Spider are available in Italy and also in the new versions Lux Motus (the latter only for the Gtv). Combined with 2.0 T.S. 16 V with 150 hp, the two versions have an enrichment of standard equipment that improves comfort and safety, as well as offering interesting new look.
The Alfa Gtv Lux, on sale at € 33,435 turnkey offers standard passenger airbag, remote central locking and a radio with CD. Externally, the new layout is characterized by the wheels 17” High Gloss, White direction indicator and chrome exhaust. Inside, however, the button blocking locks is made of aluminum, the flange of the central console has the effect High Gloss and mats have the edge in the same color of the seats. For those who want the metallic paint is included in the price.
The Alfa Gtv Motus these features, add the Zender kit (skirts and fenders with air vents), new leather interior, seats with embroidered logo, red stitching and perforated leather seat. Even the steering wheel in perforated leather and red stitching, while the flange of the central console has the effect of titanium. The car costs € 33,935 a turnkey basis.
The standard equipment of the Alfa Spider Lux includes all the contents of Gtv Lux and adds the electric soft top and new two-tone leather interior Momo. The list price is € 36,935 turnkey.
Conclude the offer different combinations external / internal. For Alfa Gtv Lux and the customer can choose between (body color and leather upholstery): Azzurro Nuvola and Black Leather; Grigio Chiaro and Tango Leather; Rosso Miro and Glossy Black Leather, Nero and Red Leather.
For the Alfa Spider Lux are available (body color and leather upholstery): Blue Lightning and Tango Leather, Grigio Chiaro and Black-Lys Grey Leather, Rosso Miro and Red-Black Leather.

 

Alfa Spider 2.0 T. Spark Lux, 17.09.2002

Alfa Spider 2.0 T. Spark Lux
Visitors to the Alfa Romeo in Paris can also see an Alfa Spider in the new 150 bhp (110 kW) 2.0 16V version with Lux specification. Alfa’s open-top car features an ideal balance between comfort and sportiness, as is borne out by the attractive standard equipment list: including passenger airbag, remote controlled central locking, radio with CD and electric hood.
Externally, this specification features 17″ High Gloss wheels, a white turn signal and a chrome-plated exhaust tail-pipe. Inside, the lock button is in aluminium, the central console display is also finished in High Gloss, the mats are edged in the same shade as the seats and the trim is in one/two-tone Momo leather. The Alfa Spider 2.0 T. Spark L. offers the following body colour and leather upholstery matches: Lightning Blue and Tango Leather; Light Grey and Lys Grey + Black; Mirò Red and Red + Black. Metallic paintwork is included in the price.
The options list includes a CD-changer (up to 10 discs) and radio navigation system. The system was developed by Blaupunkt (Bosch), one of the sector leaders and may be used as a navigation system or to play music CDs. It consists of a central unit (the radio navigation system), orientation and direction sensors and a GPS (Global Position System) satellite aerial. Digital maps and all the necessary navigation software are stored on a CD-ROM. It is also possible to call up a set of stored destinations such as service stations, car hire offices, airports, railway stations and motorway exits.

 

NEW ALFA SPIDER AND ALFA GTV (M.Y, 2003), 21.02.2003

ALFA ROMEO AT THE 73rd INTERNATIONAL GENEVA MOTOR SHOW
The show also marks the first world outing for the new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV, now with a brand new look and a revised range of specifications and power units. These models have always evoked the satisfaction of travel with a sporty or elegant flavour and their appeal remains evergreen.
The front view of both cars has changed with the incorporation, by Pininfarina, of certain present-day Alfa motifs. The shield, for example, is similar to that used on more recent models (to ensure continuity). Its upper edge follows the bonnet and then dives down to break the line of the bumper.
The brand logo remains high up in the middle and is surrounded by a fine chrome trim that emphasises the strength and communicative value of the Alfa signature. The chrome bars stand out against the black background of the grille. These horizontal elements extend and widen over the side intakes to suggest an image of a car that is well positioned with a vice-like grip on the ground. Lower down, the two air intake openings delimited by a trapezoid foglight are separated and form, with the shield, the legendary Alfa cloverleaf.
The traditional V-shape on the bonnet arises from the side pillars: two converging ribs that delimit and emphasise a central bulge that hints at the presence of a powerful and vigorous engine beneath.
The new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV, also keep their wedge shaped line enhanced by a shortened tail end that gives the car body a very aggressive look. It was also decided not to do away with the strongly raked windscreen and the accentuated shelf on the side panel that makes the model look more slender and dynamic. The much-lauded profiles of both sports cars have also been retained, including the high truncated tail end of the Alfa GTV and the narrow, slender rear of the Spider.
The design of the 16″ light alloy wheels is new, as are the three body colour options: Brunello Red, Racing Green, Cobalt Blue.
Various new features have been introduced into the passenger compartment of the new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV, beginning with a lower driver seating position in relation to the ground (H point) for improved driving comfort. The interior has also been redefined as far as styling and ergonomics are concerned. Examples include a black facia and a brand new central console panel that houses the key for the ASR, radio and satellite navigation system. The lighting for the instrument panel and controls is now red, while a new cloth is available for the seats and interior trim. All these features enhance the concepts of elegant simplicity and classic sportiness that have always typified the two niche models in the Alfa range.
As far as engines are concerned, the new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV offer new products of great interest. Beginning with two engines that have already aroused much admiration on other Alfa Romeo models: the 165 bhp 2.0 JTS and the 240 bhp 3.2 V6 24 valve.
The 2.0 JTS (Jet Thrust Stoichiometric) is a revolutionary petrol engine with direct injection and specific power in excess of 60 kW/l and specific torque of over 100 Nm/l. The second power unit, the lively 3.2 V6 24 valve unit, offers a power output of 240 bhp at 6200 rpm and boasts a torque curve that reaches 289 Nm at 4800 rpm for thrilling performance when sportily driven and also during everyday use. A GTV fitted with this engine can reach 255 km/h and this performance makes it the fastest road car in the history of Alfa Romeo.
Another power unit in the new range is the 150 bhp 2.0 T.Spark, a distillate of Alfa experience with Twin Spark technology. The performance figures are outstanding: the GTV touches a top speed of 215 km/h, while the Spider reaches 210 km/h. Both cars take just 8.5 seconds to speed from 0 to 100 km/h.
Gorgeous styling, refined technology and the temperament of true sports cars for the delectation of visitors to the Geneva show: the Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV, due to go on sale in May.

 

New Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV (M.Y, 2003), 14 April 2003

The models in brief
Appealing style, refined technology and all the temperament of true sports cars: meet the new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV at their Italian debut. Just over one month after their world premier (at the recent Geneva Motor Show), the new models designed by the Pininfarina Style Centre are ready to meet the world’s motor trade press ahead of their May launch date.
Both models come with a brand-new look and a revised range of specifications and power units, though their timeless appeal is unchanged: driving satisfaction in a sporty, stylish package.
A quick glance at the shape reveals improvements to the car’s exterior appearance. Firstly, the front end is now more imposing and distinctive. This impression of solidity and dynamism is complemented by side pillars that are the source of the traditional V-shape on the bonnet: two converging ribs that delimit and emphasise a central bulge that hints at the presence of the powerful, beefy engine beneath.
The new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV also preserve the same wedge-shaped line emphasised by a cut-off tail that gives the vehicle body a strong sense of aggression. Similarly, it was decided not to change the strongly raked windscreen and the emphatically shelved side that give both models their slender, dynamic looks. The much-appreciated profile of both sports models has also been kept, including the Alfa GTV’s high cut-off end and the open-topped sports car’s slender, tapering rear.
The 16″ light alloy wheels, on the other hand, are new, as are the three body shade options: Brunello Red, Racing Green and Cobalt Blue.
Several new features have been added inside the new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV, beginning with a lower driver seating level in relation to the ground (H point) for improved driving comfort. The interiors have also been redefined to make them more stylish and user-friendly. This tendency is evident in the black facia and the brand-new central console panel that houses the ASR key, radio and satellite navigation system. The lighting on the instrument panel and controls is now red while a new cloth trim is available for seats and interiors. All these factors help emphasise the concept of stylish sportiness that has always typified the Alfa Romeo brand.
The new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV power units are also bound to arouse plenty of interest. Just for starters, the models now offer two engines that have already met with considerable success on other Alfa Romeo models: the 165 bhp (121 kW) 2.0 JTS and the 240 bhp (176 kW) 3.2 V6 24 valve.
The 2.0 JTS (Jet Thrust Stoichiometric) is a revolutionary petrol engine with direct injection that offers a specific power rating in excess of 60 kW/l and a specific torque of more than 100 Nm/l. The second power unit is the spirited 3.2 V6 24 valve unit, with a power output of 240 bhp (176 kW) at 6200 rpm that boasts a torque curve of up to 289 Nm (29.4 kgm) at 4800 rpm and can ensure exhilarating performance during sporty driving and also during everyday use. More specifically, a GTV equipped with this engine reaches 255 km/h, a performance that makes this the fastest on-road car in Alfa Romeo’s history.
The last power unit to grace the new range is the 150 bhp (110 kW) 2.0 T.Spark, a distillation of Alfa’s experience in Twin Spark technology. The performance is outstanding: the GTV reaches a top speed of 215 km/h, while the Spider reaches 210 km/h. Both cars take just 8.5 seconds to speed from 0 to 100 km/h.

Active and passive safety
The new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV offer the most sophisticated devices currently on the market to allow maximum protection for driver and passengers.
Firstly, the braking system is powerful and prompt to respond. the front disc brakes are ventilated with a thickness of 22 mm and a diameter of 284; the rear brakes are 11 mm thick and measure 240 in diameter.
As far as passive safety is concerned, the two new Alfa Romeo sports models offer two front airbags as standard throughout the range. On the active safety front, both models offer ABS with EBD (standard on all versions) and ASR (standard on the versions Medium and De Luxe).
The ASR allows customers the satisfaction of driving in accordance with their own style and at the same time guarantees optimum safety during dynamic car control. The ASR (Anti Slip Regulation) optimises traction at any speed with the aid of brakes and engine control.
The device computes degree of slip on the basis of wheel rpm calculated by the ABS sensors and activates two different control systems to restore grip. When excessive power demand causes both drive wheels to slip (e.g. in the case of aquaplaning or when accelerating over an unsurfaced, snowy or icy road), it reduces engine torque by reducing the throttle opening angle and thus air flow.
If only one wheel slips (e.g. the inside wheel following acceleration or dynamic load changes), this is automatically braked without the driver touching the brake pedal. The resulting effect is similar to that of a self-locking differential.
The ASR maintains vehicle safety as much as possible and is particularly useful when grip is lost (icy multi-storey car park ramps are one example) and whenever the asphalt does not guarantee even friction.
Another not inconsiderable advantage of the ASR is the lower stress exerted on mechanical parts such as the differential and gearbox due to more effective control of low speed take-off and traction. The ASR is activated automatically whenever the engine is started but must be turned off by means of a switch on the central console to cut out. When the ASR is active, a warning light on the control panel flashes. A control panel warning light comes on (with the switch led off), to indicate system faults or irregularities.
ASR deactivation is required when snow chains are used because the wheel must be able to slip by tiny amounts to pile up the snow so that force can be transmitted to the ground and the ASR tends to avoid this type of action.

Driving and travelling comfort
The new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV have inherited great handling and driving comfort from their predecessors, due above all to the suspension layout adopted. The front suspension is an independent MacPherson system with wishbones and stabiliser bar. The rear suspension is multilink. The multilink configuration assures extraordinary precision, prompt approaches to bends and high stability.
That takes care of the driving satisfaction. But Alfa Romeos must also offer on-board wellbeing. And that means surrounding the driver and passenger with technologies that ensure the very highest acoustic and climatic comfort. Hence the need to make the interior environment into a cosseting, enveloping living room. So the new Alfa Spider and GTV offer an automatic climate control system complete with pollen filter and thorough soundproofing thanks to the body’s high torsional and flexural rigidity.
Acoustic comfort is also optimal on the open-topped model because the hood comes with improved looks and streamlining. Its practical details have also been improved with mechanisms specially designed to make folding and unfolding operations easier, faster and safer.
Interior climate is one of the main comfort factors during a trip and is also very important for interior safety because temperature, humidity and ventilation affect the driver’s well-being and thus his level of alertness. And of course the heating and ventilation system is also responsible for demisting the windscreen and side windows. For this reason, the New Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV come with a sophisticated climate control system that automatically controls temperature, air flow, air distribution, compressor activation and recirculation by means of an electronic control unit.
On both new cars you can also experience the joys of highly realistic hi-fi music from a radio system with subwoofer. Customers will also find the satellite navigation system (optional throughout the range) a great aid for a relaxed and comfortable drive. This device will guide you step by step along the route to your destination.

Suspension
The front and rear suspension systems on the new Alfa Romeo sports models are derived from those of the original models but offer special settings and a few new mechanical details.
The front suspension is an independent MacPherson system with lower wishbones and a new stabiliser bar for the version equipped with a 3.2 V6 24v unit. Overall suspension geometry aims to achieve high transverse rigidity (to ensure the best possible roadholding in critical situations) and effective longitudinal flexibility (for improved driving comfort). The pressurised shock absorbers with a segmented intake valve also come with new settings to improve comfort and driving noise levels. Tapered offset springs facilitate steering and reduce noise levels transmitted to the body.
The new Alfa GTV and Spider also come with multilink rear suspension (wheel struts guided by four arms) that offer impeccable roadholding under all driving conditions, particularly over winding roads travelled at speed, for a significant contribution to driving comfort even in extreme conditions. This suspension has also been revised to incorporate new adjustments and shock absorber settings.
Multilink suspension systems are a development of the conventional double-wishbone geometry always adopted on high-performing Alfas. They are remarkable for the fact that their constituent elements – upper triangle, double lower wishbone, and stabiliser bar – are anchored to a light alloy subframe arranged beneath the floorpan.
The most outstanding feature of the Alfa rear suspension is the ability of its drive chain to exploit transverse loads generated in the car while steering (that normally tend to trigger vehicle roll (sideways tilt) to optimise rear wheel working angles. This helps give the car the stability that is so vital during sporty driving at high speed over mixed routes by making it easier to adopt a new trajectory and improving tyre grip on the ground.
More specifically:

      • during the initial steering stage, the suspension sets up a steering motion out of phase with the front wheels so that the car takes up the new trajectory more rapidly;
      • then, as the vehicle takes the bend, the suspension cancels out the rear wheels’ out-of-phase steering manoeuvre while the side force exercised on the tyres induces a steering manoeuvre in phase with that of the front wheels. Car handling is thus improved during the first part of the curved trajectory and stability is improved during the next stage. Further advantages of the rear suspension system on the Alfa GTV and Spider are:
      • the ability to optimise the rear wheel camber angle automatically to maximise tyre contact area with the ground. This aids lateral grip and thus roadholding even at the maximum lateral acceleration levels (g forces) achievable by these cars;
      • the negative kingpin offset typical of its virtual steering angle that helps the car remain perfectly stable even when braking on bends;
      • optimal drive train performance even during sudden emergency manoeuvres to avoid obstacles (sharp steer and countersteer).

Automatic climate control system
The new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV come with an automatic climate control system that offers the best comfort and safety conditions. Passenger compartment temperature, humidity and ventilation affect the driver’s alertness and wellbeing – not forgetting that the climate control system is also responsible for demisting the windscreen and side windows.
One of the benefits of the automatic climate control system fitted to the new models is its ability to store a temperature setting and reactivate the system with the same settings even after parking with the engine off. The variable displacement compressor also makes the system very efficient because power uptake is related to the temperature difference between car interior and exterior.
Particular attention has been devoted to air quality. In addition to the recirculation function, useful during traffic jams and when driving through tunnels, the new Alfa Romeos are also fitted (as standard on medium and deluxe versions) with a filter for air entering the passenger compartment. This traps particles bigger than 0.5 microns in diameter and pollen, which may give rise to allergic reactions.

Hood
The Alfa Spider’s new hood is truly a thing of beauty. 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 features two skins. The outer skin is a multiplayer cloth with good flame propagation resistance while the inner skin effectively soundproofs the passenger compartment. The rear window, in plastic, is secured to the outer skin by zip and Velcro. If required it can easily be removed and replaced.
The hood also offers special features designed to prevent wind noise while driving with the hood closed, even at high speed. For example, the window retaining channels are specially shaped, the mechanisms include gas compensation springs for maximum containment of operating loads (less than 10 kg at each stage of the folding/unfolding process), spherical hinges that allow the hood to spread out sideways according to whether it is folded or unfolded to make the best possible use of space – and self-centring pin pairs that guide the front and rear hoops into closed position. The rear hoop is released and the automated hood cover opens by means of two pushbutton-operated electromechanical actuators (with fallback manual operation in the case of a fault).
The pneumatic circuit also incorporates a total of 6 actuator pistons (2 to open/close the hood cover, 4 to move individual hood hoops) that are operated by six solenoids – plus 4 automatically-operated catches.

Car radio
The new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV come with a car radio plus CD player according to the version. The sound system should be good because it was developed and adjusted to the specifications of the passenger compartment. The system consists of four speakers and offers a power output of 4×40 Watts. It is complemented by a rear subwoofer (one for the Spider and two for the GTV).
The radio is integral with the dashboard design and located in the middle of the facia in a position that is convenient for both driver and passenger. It can store up to 30 stations. It offers RDS (Radio Data System).
And also TA (Traffic Announcement) and PTY (programme choice option), options in addition to an automatic device that adjusts the volume to the car speed and also a big alphanumerical display. Each time the radio is turned on, the volume is the same as when the set was turned off. The set comes with an external CD player control (with 10 disk capacity).
The radio with CD player also comes with a 7-band graphic equaliser. This device offers a choice of four equalisation settings: the default setting and also Jazz, Rock and Classic. The motorist can choose special effects or adjust and save the sound parameters.

Satellite navigation system
The new Alfa Romeo sports models would not be complete without a satellite navigation system. This high-tech device comes with a Dot Matrix pictogram display for dynamic navigation and CD Changer.
The navigation system is available over the entire range and is an effective aid for a relaxed drive in full comfort. The device uses visual and voice messages to indicate the route to reach the destination step by step.
All you have to do is tell the driver where you want to go, by indicating (you need only use a few letters) the town, address or even a crossroads along a road near your destination and the screen will display a list of towns or roads, which you can click on to choose. The navigation system also takes into account preferences indicated by the motorist when deciding on a route: motorways only, faster route etc.
From that moment until arrival, an electronic co-pilot will inform the driver in advance of direction changes to be made. A pictogram representing your route will appear on the screen.
When the car is started up, the first car position signal arrives very quickly. The computer receiver receives data from the GPS (Global Position System) satellite aerial. ABS sensor signals are also considered when calculating car movements (particularly if GPS reception conditions are poor).
In order to compute the route, the system needs the map disk to be inserted in the CD-audio player. Once the relevant area has been loaded into the memory, you can continue to listen to music by replacing the map CD with the music CD.

Lively, generous engines
The true heart and soul of every Alfa Romeo model is its engine. The Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV are no exception. The new models’ attractive, personality-packed looks conceal a diverse range of outstanding high-tech power units that all offer superlative performance.
First up, the sparky 3.2 V6 24 valve unit delivers a power output of 240 bhp (176 kW) at 6200 rpm and boasts a torque curve of 289 Nm (29.4 kgm) at 4800 rpm for exhilarating performance on a sporty run but also during everyday use. More specifically, a GTV equipped with this engine reaches 255 km/h, a performance that makes this the fastest on-road car in Alfa Romeo’s history.
The second power unit available for the new models is the 165 bhp (121 kW) 2.0 JTS. This is the first direct injection petrol engine with a specific power rating higher than 60 kW/l (82 bhp/l) and a specific torque greater than 100 Nm/l.
The third engine available is the 150 bhp (110 kW) 2.0 T. Spark, a heady blend of Alfa’s experience with Twin Spark technology. The performance figures are outstanding: the GTV reaches a top speed of 215 km/h, while the Spider reaches 210 km/h. Both cars take just 8.5 seconds to speed from 0 to 100 km/h.
Two manual gearboxes are also available: a six speed unit for the 3.2 V6 24v and a five-speed unit for the 2.0 T.S. and 2.0 JTS versions.

240 bhp (176 kW) 3.2 V6 24 valve
The top-of-the-range power unit for the new sports cars is the scintillating 3.2 V6 24 valve unit already adopted on GTA versions of Alfa 156, Alfa Sportwagon and Alfa 147 models.
Derived from the now classic three litre V6 24 valve unit – also fitted to the Alfa GTV – the mighty 3.2 is a vigorous and mercifully well-rounded power unit. As one expects of a six cylinder engine. The engineers changed the crankshaft and pistons to increase the cylinder capacity to 3.2 litres and lengthened the stroke to 78 millimetres. This change speaks volumes about the type of performance required because the power could simply have been increased by adjusting the timing, fuel system and electronics.
The fact that cylinder capacity has been increased by lengthening the stroke means that the aim was not simply to obtain out-and-out performance coupled with high power and torque peaks but also an even, gradual power delivery from the lowest speeds. As befits a car capable of thrilling performance that is suited for driving on ordinary roads as well as on the track.
The increase in cylinder capacity is naturally accompanied by a whole set of changes. The intake and exhaust ports have been tuned by applying a new timing pattern, the control unit software has been rewritten and the cooling system has been upgraded with the addition of an engine oil radiator.
The result? Power output is 240 bhp (176 kW) at 6200 rpm with a maximum torque of no less than 289 kgm (29.4 kgm) at 4800 rpm. These figures are all it takes to achieve exciting performances and are complemented by a torque curve that permits high values at low speeds. The car can also travel in sixth gear at less than 2000 rpm and unleash speed spurts without changing gear. Extremely satisfying behaviour, therefore, even during daily use. The self-confessed goal of the Alfa GTV and Alfa Spider is this: to offer sensations unique to a racing car yet still be perfectly serviceable for everyday use.

165 bhp (121 kW) 2.0 JTS
The 2.0 JTS is a top-performing power unit that owes its name of JTS (Jet Thrust Stoichiometric) to its specific combustion system.
As far as the customer is concerned, this means a two litre car that: already meets tough Euro 4 emission limits;
does not need low sulphur petrol but is able to use the normal petrol already on sale in Europe and the United States.
The 2.0 JTS thus represents a true technological leap for Alfa Romeo, its first petrol engine with injectors that work directly inside the combustion chamber. It achieves its end by interpreting the principles of stratified charge and the creation of motion in the mixture inside the cylinder in an entirely original way.

– Lean burn, but not too lean
The possibility of injecting petrol directly into the combustion chamber instead of the intake duct has been known since Nikolaus Otto (who took out a patent in 1877) and has been applied for two different purposes over the years. On racing cars in the Fifties and Sixties to increase engine power. More recently (since 1996), to reduce fuel consumption.
Recently, manufacturers have devoted all their efforts in this latter direction and gratifying results have been achieved with the stratified charge method. The principle is simple: instead of injecting all the petrol required to maintain the normal air-fuel ratio of 14.7:1 (stoichiometric) throughout the combustion chamber, only a small amount of fuel is injected that mixes with the air to form a core of almost stoichiometric composition about the spark plug. The resulting mixture is stratified or layered because it is richer where the ignition spark ignites and increasingly lean (more air and less fuel) as it approaches the outside of the chamber.
So far the benefits of this lean burn system, usually applied in the rpm band up to 3000 rpm, have amounted to a fuel saving of some 10%. The disadvantages may be summarised as follows:

      • a drop in performance when the car is required to deliver full power (because the ducts and pistons are shaped in a certain way that is essential to reduce fuel consumption at low speeds);
      • the need to use sulphur-free fuel that is difficult to find in Europe and practically unknown in the US;
      • the requirement for costly, delicate exhaust gas treatment methods (DENox) to reduce the higher nitrogen oxide emissions generated by the leaner burn.

It goes without saying that Alfa Romeo’s approach to the new technology had to be quite different. Category-topping performance and irrepressible driving behaviour have always been essential requirements for all Brand models.
But what was to stop us from using direct injection to increase engine power and torque in keeping with the sporty applications of this technology.
Then, we reasoned, we could bring in the stratified charge system to reduce fuel consumption within a restricted rpm band around idle speed.
The result was an entirely original Alfa Romeo approach to applying direct injection in petrol engines. A solution that offered a compromise between the two methods pursued to date. The 2.0 JTS works using a lean burn approach up to around 1500 rpm and this saves fuel, although not as much as on other lean GDIs. Above this rpm, the engine burns a stoichiometric air-fuel mixture, i.e. with a normal 14.7:1 ratio between both components. All this means outstanding performance. Much better than would be obtained using a normal indirect injection petrol unit.
Firstly, because petrol injected directly into the combustion chamber instead of the duct cools intake air to increase the engine’s volumetric efficiency. As temperature drops, the gases increase in density and their volume therefore decreases: this means that more air can be introduced into the combustion chamber.
Power unit susceptibility to knock is also reduced by chamber cooling. It is therefore possible to increase the compression ratio – in this case from 10:1 for the 2.0 T. Spark to 11.3:1 for the 2.0 JTS. This means more power for the new Alfa Romeo engine that is, moreover, able to deliver its power unhindered because the exhaust gas treatment system used on Alfa Romeo models does not generate the strong counterpressures typical of the Nox absorbers used by lean GDIs.
Direct introduction of petrol into the chamber improves power unit response speed to the accelerator control (it is faster overall than a conventional petrol engine).

– Benefits: higher performance and lower fuel consumption
Compared to the current 2.0 T. Spark unit and other currently-available direct injection petrol engines, this 2.0 JTS unit offers slightly lower fuel consumption and a generous increase in power and – above all – torque. + 15 bhp and + 25 Nm. To sum up, the 2.0 JTS develops a maximum power of 165 bhp (121 kW) at 6400 rpm and a maximum torque of 206 Nm (21 kgm) at 3250 rpm. And all this is achieved using petrol currently on sale and current catalytic converters.
– A new combustion chamber principle
The new JTS combustion system displays two distinctive features:

      • the principle followed to generate the movement that propels the air and fuel mixture toward the spark plug inside the cylinder;
      • the range of rotation speeds within which the engine works using a lean burn system.

Let’s take a look at the first point. In other GDI engines, the air’s force drags the fuel spray into the area where the ignition spark ignites. This option is determined by a desire to achieve a very lean mixture (up to 60:1) and thus consistent fuel savings. But it brings a need to change the air’s motion within the combustion chamber (charge motion) according to rpm level and this complicates the air input mechanisms (throttles, duct closure systems etc.).
On the 2.0 JTS, however, the force of the fuel spray (Jet Thrust) propels the fuel toward the spark plug as it mixes with the air. In this way, we achieve a charge that is less lean overall (the ratio remains constant at all speeds and is 25:1) and less fuel is consequently saved. But the engine’s internal mechanism is far less complicated because it lacks systems for altering the air’s motion.
The same process of simplification also guarantees the limitation of lean burn technology to rpm levels around idle speed (up to 1500 rpm). GDI engines that use stratified charge within a broader speed band (up to 3000 rpm) must employ modified piston and duct profiles. The resulting shape does not allow power to be optimised at high speeds.
The use of stratified charge only up to 1500 rpm, however, means that the pistons and ducts on the Alfa Romeo 2.0 JTS are hardly altered. Because their shape is more similar to those of current indirect injection engines, they are able to exploit all available power at high speeds.
The addition of an exhaust gas treatment system (Nox absorber) to remote nitrogen oxides is also only required when the lean burn range is extended up to 3000 rpm. This also dictates the use of sulphur-free fuel, i.e. the only type that will not damage the catalytic converter.
The use of stratified charge only at speeds around idle speed, however, allows the 2.0 JTS unit to use a conventional catalytic converter system. This result is also made possible by a more extensive use of exhaust gas recirculation, which reduces the production of nitrogen oxides (NOx). Because Alfa Romeo engines are fitted with variable valve timing, exhaust gas is recirculated to the intake on the 2.0 JTS directly between the intake and exhaust valves (internal EGR).

– Engineering: what changes
The main engineering changes on the 2.0 JTS compared to the corresponding Twin Spark engine affect the cylinder head (with Bosch injectors fitted in the chamber), pistons, camshafts and exhaust system. All these components are completely new.
The intake ports are high performance; the fuel manifold is high pressure (common rail type); piston compression ratio is higher – and the exhaust – built to Euro 4 standards – is cascade type.
The exhaust gas treatment system works conventionally despite an unconventional layout: the system no longer consists of a preconverter and a main converter located under the body. Instead it comprises two main catalytic converters built into the manifold (each connected to a double branch that leads to two cylinders). This frees up the space under the body for a silencer that is more permeable and thus more able to reduce counterpressure for fuller engine power delivery.

150 bhp (110 kW) 2.0 Twin Spark
This highly reliable power unit has already won success on other Alfa models. The 2.0 T. Spark 16 valve is an optimum blend of Alfa Romeo’s experience with Twin Spark technology. The power unit, equipped with twin spark ignition, variable valve timing and an electronic control system, offers a variable geometry intake system made out of plastic (nylon reinforced by fibreglass). The device assures the best possible cylinder air filling at all rpm levels to ensure the best possible engine response around town and on the motorway due to increased torque and power levels: torque is 181 Nm (18.5 kgm) at 3600 rpm while bhp amounts to 150 (110 kW).
The Alfa GTV equipped with this power unit reaches a top speed of 215 km/h, while the Spider reaches 210 km/h. Both cars take just 8.5 seconds to speed from 0 to 100 km/h.
The numerous strengths of the 2.0 T. Spark 16v include its variable geometry intake system. This device is managed electronically by the injection system on the basis of engine service conditions and uses different sized ducts in different situations: longer at low rpms (560 mm) and shorter at higher rpms (380 mm).
The intake module is also in nylon reinforced with fibreglass instead of aluminium. The device thus offers improved overall engine layout to simplify maintenance and service operations. It reduces the weight of the power unit and injection system by 4 per cent (6 kg) and offers the best guarantee of quality and reliability in terms of engine component assembly and electrical contact efficiency. It also reduces performance loss due to more effective intake duct control.
For motorists, this means being able to exploit the engine’s full potential around town, where the power unit’s scintillating response is striking, and also on motorway trips that give the car a chance to show off its great power.
The ratios of the gearbox fitted to the smooth, even 2.0 T. Spark 16V have been designed to assure peak performance without penalising fuel consumption. This makes the cars more respectful of the environment while cutting running costs.

Outfits
Alfa Spider outfit

Version 2.0 TS 2.0 JTS 3.2 V6 24V
Basic Medium De Luxe
Console x x x
Gear lever knob x x x
Black brake calipers x x  
Red brake calipers     x
New style 16″ light alloy wheels with 205/50 tyres x x  
New style 17″ light alloy wheels with 225/45 tyres     x
Tyre kit x x x
Chromed front shield x x x
Steering wheel with height and depth adjustment x x x
Power steering x x x
Electric front windows x x x
Heat resistant windows x x x
2 electric door mirrors x x x
2 heated electric door mirrors   x x
Matt black door mirrors x x x
Headlight alignment provision x x x
Radio wiring (4 speakers) x x x
Electric aerial   x x
Manual aerial x    
1 rear subwoofer   x x
Foglights x x x
Pollen filter   x x
Immobiliser (electronic key) x x x
Electric door locking x x x
Front seat-belts with pretensioners x x x
Leather steering wheel and gear lever knob (3-spoke) x x x
ABS x x x
Driver’s airbag x x x
Third brake light x x x
Check control (doors + boot) x x x
Oddments compartment built into armrest x x x
Fuel flap opening from inside x x x
Fire Prevention System (FPS) x x x
Polyelliptical headlights x x x
Reinforced body x x x
Rear suspension with multilink arms x x x
Super Soft cloth interiors x    
New interiors (Alfatex)   x  
New front x x x
Red coloured instrumentation x x x
Leather seats     x
New console trim x x x
ASR   x x

Alfa GTV outfit

Version 2.0 TS 2.0 JTS 3.2 V6 24V
Basic Medium De Luxe
Console x x x
Gear lever knob x x x
Black brake calipers x x  
Red brake calipers     x
New style 16″ light alloy wheels with 205/50 tyres x x  
New style 17″ light alloy wheels with 225/45 tyres     x
Tyre kit x x x
Chromed front shield x x x
Steering wheel with height and depth adjustment x x x
Power steering x x x
Electric front windows x x x
Heat resistant windows x x x
2 electric door mirrors x x x
2 heated electric door mirrors   x x
Body-coloured door mirrors x x x
Headlight alignment provision x x x
Radio wiring (4 speakers) x x x
Electric aerial   x x
Manual aerial x    
2 rear subwoofers   x x
Foglights x x x
Pollen filter   x x
Immobiliser (electronic key) x x x
Electric door locking x x x
Front seat-belts with pretensioners x x x
Leather steering wheel and gear lever knob (3-spoke) x x x
ABS x x x
Driver’s airbag x x x
Third brake light x x x
Check control (doors + boot) x x x
Oddments compartment built into armrest x x x
Fuel flap opening from inside x x x
Fire Prevention System (FPS) x x x
Polyelliptical headlights x x x
Reinforced body x x x
Rear suspension with multilink arms x x x
Super Soft cloth interiors x    
New interiors (Alfatex)   x  
New front x x x
Red coloured instrumentation x x x
Leather seats     x
New console trim x x x
ASR   x x

Sporty, stylish line
Exteriors
The new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV have been redesigned by the Pininfarina Style Centre that was also responsible for the original models. Both models now offer the up-to-the-minute glamour of innovative motifs combined with retro touches.
The roots of this harmonious blend lie in Alfa Romeo’s great motoring past. Indeed both models display intrinsic Alfa traits with pride and conviction. Beginning with the triangular front grille that dominates the front end. And continuing with distinctive diverging ribs that outline a bonnet bulge that offsets the distinctive front grille while visually advertising the presence of a mighty power beneath the bonnet. Lastly, another two motifs typical of Alfa Romeo tradition are a wedge-shaped line enhanced by a cut-off tail that gives the car a markedly aggressive slant – and a pronounced side shelf that makes the car look slender and dynamic.
These are the distinctive traits that the Pininfarina Style Centre has chosen to stress on the new Alfa GTV and Alfa Spider. New parts with great visual impact have also been added. Firstly, the front end has been redesigned to fit in with the current Brand look. For example, the shield is similar to those used on recent models (to ensure a family resemblance) in that its upper edge follows the bonnet and then plunges down to break the bumper outline.
The badge at the top centre is also surrounded by a hint of chrome that underscores the strength and communicative value of the signature. Chrome bars stand out against the black ground of the grille. These horizontal elements are extrapolated and spread to the side outlets to suggest that the car is well settled and firmly anchored to the ground. Lower down, two separate air intakes are delimited by trapezoid foglights to form the traditional Alfa cloverleaf pattern.
When viewed from the side, both models feature a blend of volumes and taut lines reminiscent of the best-looking Alfa Romeos from the past. For example, the sculpted front shelf falls off abruptly to emphasise the wedge shape. This is underscored by a strongly raked windscreen that blends into the upper line of the doors to create an elegant dip in the door mirror area.
The shelf on the Alfa GTV maintains the same strong rake in the rear side volume while the lower edge of the second side window continues the upper parallel door line to create a sense of overall compactness. The lower tail on the Alfa Spider inspired the stylists to trace a smooth falling line from the halfway point of the rear volume. This is a clear reference to two of the most famous Alfa Romeo sports cars: the Giulietta Spider and the ‘Osso di Seppia’ (cuttlefish bone). When the car is closed, the Alfa Spider retains its stylistic sense of proportion because the hood blends into the body.
When both cars are seen from the side, you are struck by the new 16″ alloy wheels, while the sides (when seen in plan view) feature a distinctive pattern of four swellings over the wheelarches: the overall impression is of dynamic cars with a firm grip on the road.
Moving on to the rear end, both models can be seen to share certain styling motifs. Examples include a marked horizontal dihedron connecting both boot surfaces that meet at a strong angle; a wraparound rear bumper that houses the number plate holder panel; distinctive individual model badges with elegant italic script derived from the most famous Alfa sports cars.
So far we have spoken about what both models have in common. The Alfa GTV and Alfa Spider naturally differ in their rear box shape: the coupé features a generous, strongly raked rear window that houses the third brake light at the base; the Alfa Spider is distinguished by a U-shaped hood cover that blends beautifully into the body and also houses a third brake light at its base. The styling of the rear end is different in the two models: high and truncated in the GTV, more slender and streamlined in the Spider.
By this stage it should be clear that both models, though created from a common blueprint, express traditional tenets of Alfa Romeo sportiness from two parallel yet distinctly different aspects. Two cars with quite different styling and missions: the Alfa GTV with 2+2 body is a sports car built for performance while the Alfa Spider only comes in a two-seater version designed for open-topped driving satisfaction aboard a great sports car.
Both models come with three new body colours: Brunello Red, Racing Green and Cobalt Blue.

Interiors
The new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV passenger compartment offers several new features. Beginning with the fact that the driver’s seat level in relation to the ground (H point) has been lowered for improved driving comfort. The new Alfa Romeo sports car interiors have also been redefined from the viewpoint of styling and user-friendliness.
The style is designed to reflect the specific personalities of the GTV and Spider and this principle has been followed in the definition of all interior detailing. The first major sign lies in the instruments and controls. The gauges are round and analogue, the outcome of painstaking design for clarity, legibility and elegance. The same approach is evident in new red lighting on controls and instrument panel.
The panel is beautifully designed: the instrument panel faces the driver and is protected by a highly accentuated curved lip that juts over the upper facia surface. The panel, as before, consists of two great main central dials (the speedometer and rev counter) with a central panel in between.
Other new features on the new Alfa GTV and Alfa Spider include a black facia created to enhance the attractive blend of smooth, rounded volumes. The brand-new central console panel also houses the ASR key, radio and satellite navigation system.
The facia blends with the central console while the part facing the passenger houses a glove compartment with an interior button for electrical boot opening. Two round adjustable and closable climate control system diffusers are located at either end. Again at either end, the upper face of the facia houses two fixed climate control system outlets directed to demist the side windows.
The central console extends beyond the gear lever to the area of the tunnel between the front seats. Here you can find the cigar lighter, ashtray and controls for electrically adjusting the door mirrors and headlight alignment besides the handbrake lever. This area also houses the switch for the electric hood (Spider) on cars equipped with this feature.
The new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV also offer front seats with adjustable reach and backrest rake. Their classic sports seat configuration is evident in the lateral containment features. Seat structure, padding and trim material also assure the highest standards of driving comfort by distributing differential body part pressures optimally over the entire seat.
On the Alfa GTV, the configuration of both rear seats reproduces those of the front seats in design and practical features but on a smaller scale. On the Spider version, the space behind the front seats is equipped to accommodate extra luggage that will not fit in the boot.
The trims vary according to version and specification level and take the form of specially made cloth designed for quality and good looks. Alfatex, in particular, makes its first appearance on medium-range versions where this new high-tech cloth is used to trim seats and door panels.
The very superior-looking door panels are specifically designed to look like an ideal continuation of the facia while the lower trim houses a rigid oddment pouch.
The steering wheel is three-spoked with a sports steering wheel adjustable for height and depth. The steering wheel centre houses an airbag compartment closed by a trapezoid panel that bears the classic Alfa Romeo badge emblem in the centre. The rim is leather trimmed on all GTV and Spider versions.

Technical specifications –>

The range
The Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV come in three specifications, all prestigious and all available with a specific power unit.
The first version is equipped with a 150 bhp (110 kW) 2.0 Twin Spark engine and offers, as standard, cloth seats and panels, front seat-belt pretensioners, driver and passenger airbags, electrically-controlled windows and door mirrors, central locking and check control for door and boot closure. And also: three-spoked steering wheel with two settings, provision for radio with aerial and speakers, power steering, third brake light, headlight alignment corrector, foglight, electronic immobiliser and cloth hood (on the Spider version). Both cars also come with new-design 205/50/16″ light alloy wheels.
The mid-range specification offers this comprehensive array plus: automatic climate control system with pollen filter, seats and panels in Alfatex cloth and electrically-controlled, heated door mirrors. New Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV versions with this specification offer the innovative 165 bhp (121 kW) 2.0 JTS.
The range is completed by a deluxe version with the scintillating 240 bhp (176 kW) 3.2 V6 24 valve engine. These vehicles can be distinguished inside by their leather seat and panels, while outside they feature new 225/45/17″ alloy wheels and brake callipers painted red.
Options available on both models include satellite navigation, radio with CD player and an electrically-controlled hood (Alfa Spider).
Customers can also choose one of three new shades for their car: Brunello Red, Racing Green and Cobalt Blue.

 

NEW ALFA SPIDER AND ALFA GTV, 16.04.2003

ALFA ROMEO AT THE 32ND BARCELONA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
Appealing style, refined technology and all the temperament of true sports cars: meet the new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV. Both models come with a brand-new look and a revised range of specifications and power units, though their timeless appeal is unchanged: driving satisfaction in a sporty, stylish package.

Styling
The new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV have been redesigned by the Pininfarina Style Centre that was also responsible for the original models. Both models now offer the up-to-the-minute glamour of innovative motifs combined with retro touches.
The roots of this harmonious blend lie in Alfa Romeo’s great motoring past. Indeed both models display intrinsic Alfa traits with pride and conviction. Beginning with the triangular front grille that dominates the front end. And continuing with distinctive diverging ribs that outline a bonnet bulge that offsets the distinctive front grille while visually advertising the presence of a mighty power unit beneath the bonnet. Lastly, another two motifs typical of Alfa Romeo tradition are a wedge-shaped line enhanced by a cut-off tail that gives the car a markedly aggressive slant – and a pronounced side shelf that makes it look slender and dynamic.
These are the distinctive traits that the Pininfarina Style Centre has chosen to stress on the new Alfa GTV and Alfa Spider. New parts with great visual impact have also been added. Firstly, the front end has been redesigned to fit in with the current Brand look. For example, the shield is similar to those used on recent models (to ensure a family resemblance) in that its upper edge follows the bonnet and then plunges down to break the bumper outline.
The badge at the top centre is also surrounded by a hint of chrome that underscores the strength and communicative value of the signature. Chrome bars stand out against the black ground of the grille. These horizontal elements are extrapolated and spread to the side outlets to suggest that the car is well settled and firmly anchored to the ground. Lower down, two separate air intakes are delimited by trapezoid foglights to form the traditional Alfa cloverleaf pattern.
When viewed from the side, both models feature a blend of volumes and taut lines reminiscent of the best-looking Alfa Romeos from the past. For example, the sculpted front shelf falls off abruptly to emphasise the wedge shape. This is underscored by a strongly raked windscreen that blends into the upper line of the doors to create an elegant dip in the door mirror area.
The shelf on the Alfa GTV maintains the same strong rake in the rear side volume while the lower edge of the second side window continues the upper parallel door line to create a sense of overall compactness.
The lower tail on the Alfa Spider inspired the stylists to trace a smooth falling line from the halfway point of the rear volume.
This is a clear reference to two of the most famous Alfa Romeo sports cars: the Giulietta Spider and the ‘Osso di Seppia’ (cuttlefish bone). When the car is closed, the Alfa Spider retains its stylistic sense of proportion because the hood blends into the body.
When both cars are seen from the side, you are struck by the new 16″ alloy wheels, while the sides (when seen in plan view) feature a distinctive pattern of four swellings over the wheelarches: the overall impression is of dynamic cars with a firm grip on the road.
Moving on to the rear end, both models can be seen to share certain styling motifs. Examples include a marked horizontal dihedron connecting both boot surfaces that meet at a strong angle; a wraparound rear bumper that houses the number plate holder panel; distinctive individual model badges with elegant italic script derived from the most famous Alfa sports cars.
So far we have spoken about what both models have in common. The Alfa GTV and Alfa Spider naturally differ in their rear box shape: the coupé features a generous, strongly raked rear window that houses the third brake light at the base; the Alfa Spider is distinguished by a U-shaped hood cover that blends beautifully into the body and also houses a third brake light at its base. The styling of the rear end is different in the two models: high and truncated in the GTV, more slender and streamlined in the Spider.
By this stage it should be clear that both models, though created from a common blueprint, express traditional tenets of Alfa Romeo sportiness from two parallel yet distinctly different aspects. Two cars with quite different styling and missions: the Alfa GTV with 2+2 body is a sports car built for performance while the Alfa Spider only comes in a two-seater version designed for open-topped driving satisfaction aboard a great sports car.
From the exterior styling to the interior. The new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV passenger compartment also offers several new features.
Beginning with the fact that the driver’s seat level in relation to the ground (H point) has been lowered for improved driving comfort. The new Alfa Romeo sports car interiors have also been redefined from the viewpoint of styling and user-friendliness.
The styling is designed to reflect the specific personalities of the GTV and Spider and this principle has been followed in the definition of all interior detailing. The first major sign lies in the instruments and controls. The gauges are round and analogue, the outcome of painstaking design for clarity, legibility and elegance. The same approach is evident in new red lighting on controls and the highly attractive instrument panel.
Other new features on the new Alfa GTV and Alfa Spider include a black facia created to enhance the attractive blend of smooth, rounded volumes. The brand-new central console panel also houses the ASR key, radio and satellite navigation system.
The new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV also offer front seats with adjustable reach and backrest rake. Their classic sports seat configuration is evident in the lateral containment features. Seat structure, padding and trim material also assure the highest standards of driving comfort by distributing differential body part pressures optimally over the entire seat.
The trims vary according to version and specification level and take the form of specially made cloth designed for quality and good looks. Alfatex, in particular, makes its first appearance on medium-range versions where this new high-tech cloth is used to trim seats and door panels.
The steering wheel is three-spoked with a sports steering wheel adjustable for height and depth. The steering wheel centre houses an airbag compartment closed by a trapezoid panel that bears the classic Alfa Romeo badge emblem in the centre. The rim is leather trimmed on all GTV and Spider versions.

Engines and gearboxes
The true heart and soul of every Alfa Romeo model is its engine. The Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV are no exception. The new models’ attractive, personality-packed looks conceal a diverse range of outstanding high-tech power units that all offer superlative performance.
First up, the sparky 3.2 V6 24 valve unit delivers a power output of 240 bhp (176 kW) at 6200 rpm and boasts a torque curve of 289 Nm (29.4 kgm) at 4800 rpm for exhilarating performance on a sporty run but also during everyday use. More specifically, a GTV equipped with this engine reaches 255 km/h, a performance that makes this the fastest on-road car in Alfa Romeo’s history.
The second power unit available for the new models is the 165 bhp (121 kW) 2.0 JTS. This is the first direct injection petrol engine with a specific power rating higher than 60 kW/l (82 bhp/l) and a specific torque greater than 100 Nm/l.
The third engine available is the 150 bhp (110 kW) 2.0 T. Spark, a heady blend of Alfa’s experience with Twin Spark technology. The performance figures are outstanding: the GTV reaches a top speed of 215 km/h, while the Spider reaches 210 km/h. Both cars take just 8.5 seconds to speed from 0 to 100 km/h.
Two manual gearboxes are also available: a six speed unit for the 3.2 V6 24v and a five-speed unit for the 2.0 T. Spark and 2.0 JTS versions.
The new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV have inherited great manoeuvrability and driving comfort from the previous models thanks above all to the suspension layout with its special settings and new mechanical details.
The front suspension is an independent MacPherson system with lower wishbones and a new stabiliser bar for the version equipped with a 3.2 V6 24v unit. Overall suspension geometry aims to achieve high transverse rigidity (to ensure the best possible roadholding in critical situations) and effective longitudinal flexibility (for improved driving comfort). The pressurised shock absorbers with a segmented intake valve also come with new settings to improve comfort and driving noise levels. Tapered offset springs facilitate steering and reduce noise levels transmitted to the body.
The new Alfa GTV and Spider also come with multilink rear suspension (wheel struts guided by four arms) that offer impeccable roadholding under all driving conditions, particularly over winding roads travelled at speed, for a significant contribution to driving comfort even in extreme conditions. This suspension has also been revised to incorporate new adjustments and shock absorber settings.
Multilink suspension systems are a development of the conventional double-wishbone geometry always adopted on high-performing Alfas. They are remarkable for the fact that their constituent elements – upper triangle, double lower wishbone, and stabiliser bar – are anchored to a light alloy subframe arranged beneath the floorpan.
The most outstanding feature of the Alfa rear suspension is the ability of its drive chain to exploit transverse loads generated in the car while steering (that normally tend to trigger vehicle roll (sideways tilt) to optimise rear wheel working angles. This helps give the car the stability that is so vital during sporty driving at high speed over mixed routes by making it easier to adopt a new trajectory and improving tyre grip on the. ground So the sophisticated suspension layout is a guarantee of high quality driving pleasure. But Alfa Romeos have, traditionally, always had to provide onboard wellbeing too.
That means surrounding driver and passengers with technology that ensures the highest possible level of climatic and acoustic comfort. Hence the need to transform the interior environment into a wraparound lounge. And so on the new Alfa Spider and GTV we find state-of-the-art sound-proofing backed by high torsional and flexural body stiffness. And by the way, the acoustic comfort is even excellent on the ‘open-air’ model. The result of fitting a hood that has been fine-tuned aesthetically, aerodynamically; and functionally, with movements specially developed to make opening and closing operations fast, easy and safe.
The climate inside the cab is one of the main comfort factors during the journey and it is also important for preventive safety because temperature, humidity and ventilation influence the driver’s wellbeing and hence his attention level. Without forgetting that the heating and ventilation system also has the task of demisting windscreen and side windows. That is why the new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV offer a sophisticated climate system that, by way of a central electronic unit, automatically controls temperature, air flow and its distribution, compressor cut-in and recirculation.
Then again particular attention has been devoted to air quality. In addition to the recirculation function, useful during traffic jams and when driving through tunnels, the new Alfa Romeos are also fitted (as standard on medium and deluxe versions) with a filter for air entering the passenger compartment. This traps particles bigger than 0.5 microns in diameter and pollen, which may give rise to allergic reactions.
On board the two new vehicles you can also experience the excitement of hi-fi musicin the highly realistic offering of the radio system complete with CD. The system’s pinpoint tuning was designed specifically for this cab and consists of four speakers and offers a power output of 4×40 Watts. It is complemented by a rear subwoofer (one for the Spider and two for the GTV). The set comes, finally, with an external CD player control (with 10 disk capacity).
The new Alfa Romeo sports models would not be complete without a satellite navigation system. This high-tech device comes with a Dot Matrix pictogram display for dynamic navigation and CD Changer.
The navigation system is available over the entire range and is an effective aid for a relaxed drive in full comfort. The device uses visual and voice messages to indicate the route to reach the destination step by step.
In order to compute the route, the system needs the map disk to be inserted in the CD-audio player. Once the relevant area has been loaded into the memory, you can continue to listen to music by replacing the map CD with the music CD.

Active and passive safety
The new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV offer the most sophisticated devices currently on the market to allow maximum protection for driver and passengers.
Firstly, the braking system is powerful and prompt to respond. the front disc brakes are ventilated with a thickness of 22 mm and a diameter of 284; the rear brakes are 11 mm thick and measure 240 in diameter.
As far as passive safety is concerned, the two new Alfa Romeo sports models offer two front airbags as standard throughout the range. On the active safety front, both models offer ABS with EBD (standard on all versions) and ASR (optional on cars with the 2.0 T.Spark engine).
The ASR allows customers the satisfaction of driving in accordance with their own style and at the same time guarantees optimum safety during dynamic car control. The ASR (Anti Slip Regulation) optimises traction at any speed with the aid of brakes and engine control.

Range
The Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV come in three specifications, all prestigious and all available with a specific power unit.
The first version is equipped with a 150 bhp (110 kW) 2.0 Twin Spark engine and offers, as standard, cloth seats and panels, front seat-belt pretensioners, driver and passenger airbags, electrically-controlled windows and door mirrors, central locking and check control for door and boot closure. And also: three-spoked steering wheel with two settings, provision for radio with aerial and speakers, power steering, third brake light, headlight alignment corrector, foglight, electronic immobiliser and cloth hood (on the Spider version). Both cars also come with new-design 205/50/16″ light alloy wheels.
The mid-range specification offers this comprehensive array plus: automatic climate control system with pollen filter, seats and panels in Alfatex cloth and electrically-controlled, heated door mirrors. New Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV versions with this specification offer the innovative 165 bhp (121 kW) 2.0 JTS.
The range is completed by a deluxe version with the scintillating 240 bhp (176 kW) 3.2 V6 24 valve engine. These vehicles can be distinguished inside by their leather seat and panels, while outside they feature new 225/45/17″ alloy wheels and brake callipers painted red.
Options available on both models include satellite navigation, radio with CD player and an electrically-controlled hood (Alfa Spider).
Customers can also choose one of three new shades for their car: Brunello Red, Racing Green and Cobalt Blue.

 

New Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV, 26.08.2003

Alfa Romeo at the 60th Frankfurt International Motor Show
Appealing style, refined technology and all the temperament of true sports cars: the new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV offer all this at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Both models come with a brand-new look and a revised range of specifications and power units, though their timeless appeal is unchanged: driving satisfaction in a sporty, stylish package.
Firstly, the front end of both vehicles has been changed. The Pininfarina Style Centre redesigned the front end in line with current Brand motifs. For example, the shield is similar to those used on recent models (to ensure a family resemblance) in that its upper edge follows the bonnet and then plunges down to break the bumper outline.
The badge at the top centre is also surrounded by a hint of chrome that underscores the strength and communicative value of the signature. Chrome bars stand out against the black ground of the grille. These horizontal elements are extrapolated and spread to the side outlets to suggest that the car is well settled and firmly anchored to the ground. Lower down, two separate air intake openings are delimited by trapezoid foglights to form the traditional Alfa cloverleaf pattern.
The tradition ‘V’ motif on the bonnet spreads from the side pillars: two converging ribs that delimit and emphasise a central bulge that hints at the presence of the powerful, beefy engine beneath.
The new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV also preserve the same wedge-shaped line emphasised by a cut-off tail that gives the vehicle body a strong sense of aggression. Similarly, it was decided not to change the strongly raked windscreen and the emphatically shelved side that give both models their slender, dynamic looks. The much-appreciated profile of both sports models has also been kept, including the Alfa GTV’s high cut-off end and the open-topped sports car’s slender, tapering rear.
The 16″ light alloy wheels, on the other hand, are new, as are the three body shade options: Brunello Red, Racing Green and Cobalt Blue.
Several new features have been added inside the new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV, beginning with a lower driver seating level in relation to the ground (H point) for improved driving comfort. The interiors have also been redefined to make them more stylish and user-friendly. This tendency is evident in the black facia and the brand-new central console panel that houses the ASR key, radio and satellite navigation system. The lighting on the instrument panel and controls is now red while Alfatex®, a new hi-tech cloth trim, is available for seats and door panels.
All these features again emphasise the philosophies of simple elegance and classic sportiness that have always distinguished Alfa’s niche models.
The new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV power units are also bound to arouse plenty of interest. Just for starters, the models now offer two engines that have already met with considerable success on other Alfa Romeo models: the 165 bhp 2.0 JTS and the 240 bhp 3.2 V6 24 valve.
The 2.0 JTS (Jet Thrust Stoichiometric) is a revolutionary petrol engine with direct injection that offers a specific power rating in excess of 60 kW/l and a specific torque of more than 100 Nm/l. The second power unit is the spirited 3.2 V6 24 valve unit, with a power output of 240 bhp at 6200 rpm that boasts a torque curve of up to 289 Nm at 4800 rpm and can ensure exhilarating performance during sporty driving and also during everyday use. More specifically, a GTV equipped with this engine reaches 255 km/h, a performance that makes this the fastest on-road car in Alfa Romeo’s history.
The last power unit to grace the new range is the 150 bhp 2.0 T.Spark, a distillation of Alfa’s experience in Twin Spark technology. The performance figures are outstanding: the GTV reaches a top speed of 215 km/h, while the Spider reaches 210 km/h. Both cars take just 8.5 seconds to speed from 0 to 100 km/h.

 

17 February 2004

Alfa Romeo at the 74th International Geneva Motor Show
Space is also given to the Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV, models which have always evoked driving satisfaction as far as sportiness and style are concerned and their appeal is unaltered. The cars on show include a Spider 2.0 JTS and a 240 bhp (176 kW) GTV 3.2 V6 24v. The latter version, in particular, is capable of 255 km/h, a performance that makes it the fastest on-road car in Alfa Romeo’s history. A special series of the Spider version has been produced and is available in four countries: Italy, Germany, Spain and Austria. The 450 cars in the new series are all equipped with the 2.0 JTS power unit and, for the first time, with two new body shades: Reims Blue and Nuvola Red.

This is joined by the 24 valve 3.2 V6, the powerful unit adopted on Alfa 147, 156 and Sportwagon in the GTA family, the Alfa GTV and Spider and the new Alfa GT. This gem of automotive engineering develops a power output of 184 kW (250 bhp) at 6200 rpm with a maximum torque of 300 Nm (30.6 kgm) at 4800 rpm (on the GTV and Spider, the power output is 240 bhp and the torque curve is 289 Nm).

 

01 aprile 2004

318 euro al mese per noleggiare Alfa Spider
Now everyone, individuals and professionals, can hire an Alfa Spider with an innovative formula previously reserved for companies, all at reasonable prices and with a series of exclusive benefits. Indeed, Alfa Romeo and Savarent offer a new mobility solution for those who want to drive an Alfa Spider and want to have peace of mind in the management of the car with a program “all-inclusive”.
The long-term lease has a term of 36 months (you can also choose solutions of 24 or 48 months) compared with a monthly fee of EUR 318 per month (excluding VAT) and an advance: 25% of the price of the car and options (excluding VAT). Among other things, the initiative will help to cover the advance with the trade-in value of your used. Not only that, in the monthly fee also includes insurance (RCA, fire and theft, Kasco), roadside assistance, the ownership tax, the ordinary and extraordinary maintenance (even the oil filling), and a total mileage 60,000 Km (always possible mileage different). Finally, the customer can add (fee) insurance for the driver, the replacement car and change the tire.
In short, this brand new service gives complete peace of mind and allows you to plan all expenses related to the car in a clear and immediate. And once it expired three years the customer hands the car without having to worry about reselling a used.
Valid until 30 June 2004, the initiative made by Alfa Romeo and Savarent is the easiest way to start the summer with the charm of driving a Spider Alfa Romeo, thanks to a truly innovative formula (the program is extended to Alfa GTV ). Not to mention that as of this month there is a special series 2004 of the Alfa Spider.
The new version is equipped with the brilliant 2.0 JTS 165CV and, compared to the currently marketed car, it offers more: the electric soft top; the phone preparation; metallic paint / iridescent (the customer can choose between three colors: Reims Blue, Black, Azzurro Nuvola); the alarm; The light alloy wheels 17 “design-ray; the car radio with CD player, and the new seats from anatomical design and covered with fabric.
Turin, April 1, 2004