Drive the motherlode of all classics….updated! Almost identical in shape and layout to our 1970s Alfa Spider S2, the series 4 has been endowed with some thoroughly useful modern updates such as fuel injection, along with improved ride, handling and safety features. What it’s kept is the superb fun sports car character and adorned in the classic Alfa red, you know you’re going to bask in the sunshine, admiring looks and a wonderful sense of enjoyment.
Features and Specification
- Power Steering
- Electric Windows
- Alacantara seats
- Inertia reel seat belts
- Disc brakes
- High level brake light
Ride = Balanced
- Seats 2
- Luggage Space = Excellent
- Boot space roof up = 100 x 65 x 33 (cm LWH)
- Boot space roof down = as above
- Also significant storage space behind the seats
- 2.0 litre fuel injected
- Manual 5 speed transmission
What's she like to drive?
It’s an entertaining and engaging 2 seater sports car, for those who want the best of all worlds of classic styling, characterful simplicity but with modern mechanicals and safety features.
What do I need to get used to?
Apart from being the unavoidable centre of attention? Well something different is the five speed manual gearbox is mounted more vertically in the dash than horizontally on the floor but it works really well. The headroom is pretty generous for taller drivers with the roof up, (and really generous with it down). The roof can be easily unclipped and then thrown back over your head but you’ll need to get out the car to raise it again….but then you get another chance to admire it from the outside.
The driving experience is a delight – the two litre engine loves to rev, the gear changes are crisp and it’s a fun, involving drive….with plenty of room for the luggage!
What about safety and reliability?
Yes an Alfa Romeo Spider S4 is a 20+ years older classic and yes it is an Alfa Romeo which doesn’t sound like a great combination in the reliability stakes. However this one is well looked after, she’s regularly serviced and has to pass the Certificate of Fitness (CoF) test required for all rental cars every 6 months.
What condition is she in?
Really good, nothing is at all tatty inside or out. The fabric roof and rear perspex window are nearly new and will certainly keep you warm and snug.
How much luggage can fit?
A surprisingly good amount of multiple soft bags. The boot while shallow is broad plus you have loads of extra storage space behind the seats. Please refer to the Seating & Luggage tab above for exact dimensions.
How fast will she go Mister?
Hey this isn’t all about quantity, it’s more about style….but have you heard of a slow Italian sports car….?
How would a certain Mr Clarkson describe it?
“….you can’t be a true petrolhead until you’ve
owned hired an Alfa Romeo….”
And the RentAClassic description for the Alfa Romeo Spider S4?