I read somewhere the U.S.-spec version is a few hundred pounds heavier. I think that's something like a 15% gain? Didn't read the full article to learn why.
They had to increase the thickness of the carbon fiber main canopy tub to meet impact standards, added air and stereo as standard equipment and a few other things..... I think it went up 286 pounds if I remember correctly over European model...
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If it's 2153lb in Europe, 286lb is still over 13%.
Here's the article I saw.
The U.S.-Spec Alfa Romeo 4C Is 342 Pounds Heavier (jalopnik.com)
You read that right. On the Atlantic cruise from Modena, Italy to the U.S., the 4C tacked on 342 pounds, and it wasn't from the all-you-can-eat steak and shrimp buffet.
The linebacker-plus weight gain is partially thanks to the feds, which required a slew of safety and structural improvements over the Euro-spec model. That includes a thicker carbon fiber tub, side airbags, and an adjustable passenger seat. But it also means that the claimed curb weight of 2,495 pounds includes an estimated 33-percent take rate on options, as mandated by the EPA.
But you can't entirely blame the federales.
Unlike the European's 2,153-pound 4C, the U.S. model gets standard A/C and radio. Which makes perfect sense for a sports car starting at $54k. But you still have to UNBOLT the driver seat to move it up and down.
CARMEL, Calif. -- Pricing for the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider will start at $65,495, with U.S. sales of the hand-built convertible expected to begin in August, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said today.
It will be the second Alfa Romeo model introduced in the U.S. after the 4C coupe marked the brand’s return in 2014.
The 4C coupe and 4C Spider are assembled in Modena, Italy, and combined 2015 output is expected to total just 2,500 vehicles. North American sales of the two models are forecast at 800 to 1,000 vehicles this year.
Optional equipment on the 4C Spider will include a carbon fiber halo ($2,750), carbon fiber hardtop ($3,500) and racing exhaust package ($3,000).