Few other cars on sale, at any price, are quite as bittersweet an experience as the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider.
In its happy yellow paintwork and quite bland-looking, smaller (17in front, 18in rear) rolling stock, I’m expecting a markedly diluted experience from the rag-top. And I’d presumed wrongly. Bar headlight and engine cover differences and the drop-top's unique carbonfibre A-pillar/windshield surround and adjustable passenger seat, the the coupe and Spider versions of 4C are essentially otherwise identical.
I’ll lay it on you straight. It’s marginally less ragged around the edges than the coupe I’d driven prior, but this is still a noisy, uncomfortable, impractical, fatiguing, tiresome experience whether you’re cruising or punting it hard and pretty nonsensical and it’s easy to see how some buyers in sensible mindset might wholly dislike it.