Alfa Romeo 4C Spider review - better than the coupe, but Alfa's sportster is still flawed - Interior and tech

Removeable roof and styling tweaks add a new layer to the 4C's appeal, but the Spider is still a flawed sports car

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  • Exotic styling, light weight, performance
  • Less than exotic engine, busy chassis, gearbox

The 4C’s cabin might come as a shock to someone dropping £60,000 on a sports car. ‘Rudimentary’ is a polite way of describing it, ‘cheap looking’ is a less kind but equally descriptive term. It doesn’t have the stripped-down appeal of a Lotus Elise, so much as expanses of black plastic and a truly ugly two-spoke steering wheel.

It’s initially claustrophobic too, if less so in the Spider thanks to the redesigned rear panel and, should the mood take you, the absence of a roof. And there are neat touches to be found – the seats can be specified in different hues of leather, which immediately brightens the cabin, there’s plenty of bare carbonfibre on display and the simple, digital instrument cluster looks modern and high-tech. The leather door pulls and aluminium pedals also exude the desired racy effects.

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Given the Spider’s less hardcore nature, Alfa has also seen fit to equip it with a new Alpine hi-fi, deeper pile floor mats and day-to-day niceties such as parking sensors and cruise control. Leather with accent stitching and matching door cards will be available soon.

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