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Alfa Romeo - Auto twenty-first century: 2003 Alfa Romeo Spider

2003 Alfa Romeo Spider

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 Romeo Spider and the Alfa Romeo 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 Romeo Spider. Unlike the Alfa Romeo 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 Romeo 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.