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The Alfa Romeo Spider is Back

Making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, this classic is affordable but doesn't skimp on style

One of the most famous automotive names of all time, the Alfa Romeo Spider, will be re-born at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show with the launch of the all-new Alfa Romeo Spider. Like its predecessors, the Giulietta Spider of the 1950s and the 1990s Alfa Romeo Spider, the new Alfa Romeo Spider is a unique blend of style, performance and, considering what it offers, affordability, with cutting edge solutions in terms of mechanical specifications, including for the first time a four wheel drive Alfa Spider.

The new Spider is a generously-sized two-seater -- 1,830 millimetres wide, 4,396 long and 1,367 high -- characterised by elongated rear lights and four exhaust pipes which accentuate the performance-orientated temperament.

The interior of the Alfa Spider is inviting and gorgeously sophisticated, thanks to the use of sumptuous materials and added value features, from the automatic dual-zone climate control to the steering wheel mounted radio controls, from Alfa Romeo sophisticated Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) to cruise control. Available in two versions, there is the choice of either sparkling 138 kW 2.2 JTS engine or the powerful 195 kW 3.2 JTS.

The Alfa Romeo Spider offers outstanding dynamic performance thanks to high double wishbone suspension at the front and Multilink at the rear. Along with great ride comfort, the Alfa Spider boast a sports suspension configuration and the use of state of the art 'Q4' four wheel drive, which is available on the 260 bhp 3.2 version. What's more -- like the 159 sedan which was recently awarded five prestigious Euro NCAP stars - the Alfa Romeo Spider once more confirms the utmost attention goes into all aspects regarding safety, as well as offering the most sophisticated electronic vehicle dynamic control devices.

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