Alfa Romeo Spider Design - Styling | Part Three


4393 mm long, 1830 mm wide and 1318 mm high, the 2007 Alfa Spider is 17 mm shorter and 23 mm lower than the Brera with which it shares the same 2528 mm wheelbase. Elegantly compacted through sharp front and rear bodywork tapering, the Alfa Spider exterior is rich in styling cues from Alfa Romeo’s peerless tradition of sporting convertibles, from the Giulietta Spider of the 1950s to the legendary Duetto and the Alfa Spider of the 1990s.

Continuing a design trend prevalent in the recent Alfa Romeo model range, the legendary Villa d’Este style Alfa shield with horizontal chrome bars dominates the front. Extending almost full height, the grille bisects an upper air intake housing purposeful, three-lamp headlight clusters before punctuating a deep front air dam featuring an expansive lower air intake with integral fog lamps. The top of the shield generates powerful bonnet coachwork lines which flow seamlessly into steeply raked A pillars. Once again, the number plate is offset to the left; a style signature echoing past classics, and unique to Alfa Romeo.

In profile, the new Alfa’s taut, rising waistline flows from the pronounced flare of the front wheel arches to give the Alfa Spider a purposeful stance. A strong waistline crease demarcates the side indicator and door handle positions, reaching its broadest point above the rear wheel arches where powerful shoulder ‘muscles’ pay homage to the Giulietta Spider of the 1950s.

At the rear, the Alfa Spider’s broad ‘shoulders’ taper to the focal point of the Alfa Romeo badge, and lean, 4-lamp horizontal light clusters demarcate the shut-line of the luggage compartment lid, which features a residual spoiler. Integral, colour coded bumpers and four chromed, flush mounted exhausts further reinforce the new Alfa Spider’s presence.

Published 21 February 2007 Melanie Carter

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