Alfa Romeo Spider Would be a Big Hit in the USA

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During the recent CES, I had a chance to spend some time with the Alfa Romeo Spider being displayed as a part of Microsoft’s Sync display. What a lovely car. Powered by a 260Bhp 3.2 liter V-6 engine hooked up with a 4-wheel drive system, the Spider is both sexy and technically clever.
Visually, I love the flowing lines of this car. Check out the detail around the headlights and the lovely use of a canvas, folding top. Designed as a collaborative effort between the Alfa Styling Center, Giugiaro and Pinnfarina, the Spider includes traditional Alfa cues, such as the log and front grill, not to mention the the very Alfa interior.

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Speaking of the Alfa Spider interior, it is a very proper sportscar office. Comfortable sports seats are nicely sculpted and have good lateral support (although not yet tested on the open road). The tach and speedo hands are straight down at 6 O’Clock – just like a race car. And by the way, note the integrated use of the Microsoft developed navigation system. It looks great – and I hope it works better than Sync does.

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Of course, as the company looks to return to North America, there remain a number of unanswered questions about parts, service, and related support. Still, if the Spider were available today, it would automatically make it to my short list. If you’re interested in learning more about the Alfa Spider, check out the Alfa Romeo website – one of the most clever and nicely put together automotive sites in Europe.
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You can also check out the Alfa Spider Promotional Video on YouTube. Watch it here.

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