The Alfa Romeo Spider Lusso Final edition was the very last version of a design that was first seen in 1995 at the Geneva Motor Show. The Spider was the convertible version of the Alfa Romeo GTV sports coupe, although the Spider was only a 2 seater, whereas the GTV had 2+2 seating.
Engine options throughout the lifespan of the Alfa Romeo Spider and GTV included 1.8 and 2.0 litre 16v Twin Spark engines, a 2.0 litre V6 turbocharged unit, and the top of the line 3.0 litre 24v V6 engine.
The Alfa Romeo stand was perhaps the most visited one during the 2002 Geneva Motor Show. The Italian company had the Brera Concept on display, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. The car was a low-slung fastback coupe with a pointed nose, gull-wing door, glass roof and a dramatic six-headlight front end. The rear shoulders were broad and crisply defined, giving the car a sleek yet muscular look.
The Brera was first planned to be just a show car, Alfa Romeo didn’t have any intention to put it to production. However, due to the overwhelming response from the general public and the fact that at that time the aging GTV and Spider needed replacements, the company decided to make the Brera.
Further details of the Alpha Romeo’s stunning 8C Competizione have emerged in the run-up to the Paris Motor Show. The two-seater will feature advanced lightweight carbon body panels and an all-new 4.7-litre V8, developed in conjunction with Maserati. This powerplant produces 450bhp and 470Nm of torque which, combined with the lightweight construction, should ensure blistering performance. It will sound the part as well, thanks to electronically controlled valves in the exhaust system.
The new Alfa is fitted with a Ferrari-style semi-automatic transmission, so drivers can use paddles on the steering column to change up and down ratios. Meanwhile, the seats are made of carbon fibre, while double-wishbone suspension will ensure the Competizione has handling to match its looks.