Wednesday, December 31st 2014. | Advanced Technology, Auto & Motor, Car

An odd statement referring to the Detroit Auto Show at the end of an otherwise ignorable blog post from FCA leads us to believe that the production 4C Spyder will debut in Detroit.

The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has made its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show today and has quickly found itself atop our wish list. Based on the current 4C, the updated 4C Spider gets a host of upgrades as it moves into 2016.

The most obvious change to the car is its removable top and additional bodywork rising from the rear decklid. A naked carbon fiber roll bar hoops over the occupant compartment, as does a similar windshield brace. Beside the lack of a sloping rear window, the car keeps a similar profile to its coupe counterpart.

There are changes underneath the bodywork, however. Alfa had to add structural supports to the carbon fiber tub in order to retain the car’s rigidity. The new materials result in 132 additional pounds yet is said to not adversely affect the car’s performance. New, more traditional headlights replace the bug-eyed ones from the coupe while new centrally mounted exhaust pipes give the rear end a sportier look while leaving the lower diffuser untouched.

Power still comes from the 1.75-liter, turbocharged inline-four making 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. No changes are made to the only gearbox option, Alfa’s TCT twin-dry-clutch, six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

Best of all, the car still gets 24 mpg city and 47 mpg highway on the EU cycle. Such practicality will surely make it easier to persuade your missis the $83,360 purchase is justifiable. Now if only Alfa would sell the 4C Spider inside the U.S…

Updated 12/31/2014: In a post on FCA’s blog about the arrival of the 4C Launch Edition arriving in the U.S., there was one small sentence that has gotten the industry (myself included) all worked up. At the end of the post it reads: “Of course, if you like what you see, there will be more over the next few years. Alfa Romeo plans to introduce eight new models by 2018. You’ll get your next Alfa fix at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.” This almost certainly means that the official production version of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spyder will make its much-anticipated debut in Detroit. Remember, earlier in 2014 we saw this stunning white beauty pictured here, which was a “preview” of the upcoming 4C Spyder. Stay tuned for more.

Click past the jump for all the details on the new 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider originally appeared on on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 15:00 EST.

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