Last hurrah with some extra sting

Alfa Romeo Spider.
Alfa Romeo Spider. Contributed

ALFA ROMEO is about to close the latest chapter in the history of one of the most iconic names in the car industry, with the latest Alfa Romeo Spider coming to the end of its production life.

But this Spider has one final sting in its tail – a limited production run with the all-new 1750 TBi engine that produces the best combination of performance, emissions and economy ever offered in an Alfa Spider during its legendary history.

But while the new Alfa Romeo Spider 1750 TBi is offering a new drivetrain with plenty of sting, the Alfa Romeo is ensuring that the final Spider in this incarnation does not deliver a sting in the wallet.

At a retail price of $69,990 the new Spider 1750 TBi, despite its performance, fuel economy and emissions benefits, costs the same as the car it replaces.

Additionally, the new 1750 TBi has Frau Pieno Fiore leather upholstered electric seats as standard, along with new 19-inch alloy wheels.

The range-topping Spider 3.2 JTS Q4 has a new price of $84,990, representing a $11,000 saving for the 2011 model cars.

The 1750 TBi turbo petrol engine is a light and compact engine with a power and torque output that belies its size. Maximum power is 147kW while torque peak is an impressive 320Nm at just 1400rpm.

This combination not only enables the Spider to deliver a 0-100km/h time of 7.2 seconds, it also provides in-gear acceleration times on a par with a 3.0-litre V6 engine.

Although the archetypal Alfa Romeo Spider is the 1960s Duetto that entered the public consciousness when a Dustin Hoffman piloted a red – of course – Duetto Spider on his way to his fateful meeting with Mrs Robinson in the film ‘The Graduate', the Spider has been has been at the heart of the company right back to its foundation.

The Spider relaunched Alfa Romeo in Australia in 1998 and the current incarnation arrived at the 2006 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.

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