Buyers Guide Alfa Romeo
Spider & GTV 916

Introduction

The last Alfa Spider left the Alfa works in 1993 after 27yrs of production. It was a tradition that there was always an open sports car with each new series, but 1994 was to be the first year where this tradition was broken with and many Alfisti were shocked, this was due to the development of the the new 916 which was not running as the engineers had hoped, this led to the delays. These were to be hard times for the lovers of Alfa Coupe's and Cabrio's, but their despair was to be short lived. At the '94 Paris Motor Show came the answer to all their prayers, the Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV were presented to the worlds public, both models became the works intern name 916.


Alfa Romeo Spider und GTV

Due to the resulting changes in the new design became the Alfa Spider/ GTV the Multilink-Axle, the design of this geometry allows a rear wheel steer effect in the opposite direction to which the front wheels are being pointed. This also explains the rather small boot or as some people would call it, the glove compartment. This was soon forgotten as soon as the roadholding was taken into account.

 

Engines

Here is where the differences between Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV begin, the Spider became the 4 cylinder 2.0L TS 150bhp engine which was slightly modified in 1999 due to the new emission laws ( Euro III ) to 155bhp as the basis engine.

In 1998 became the Spider yet another engine, if only for a short time, the 1.8L TS with 144 bhp, this engine is also to be found in the Alfa 145, 146 and 156, this engine played no great part in the Spider history.

The top end engine was to be the in production until 2001, it came from the Alfa Romeo 164, it was the well known 3.0L V6 12V with 192 bhp. As from the Autumn of 2000 this motor was no longer available for the Spider, instead it was decided to use the Alfa GTV V6 24V engine with 220 bhp. This engine is still being used today but with "only" 218 bhp.

The same basis engine that was employed in the Alfa Spider was to be found in the Alfa GTV, the top end engine was the 2.0L V6 12V TB engine with an amazing 202 bhp. This engine was also taken out of the GTV programme in 2001 due to the stiffer emission controls and was replaced with the 3.0L V6 24V engine with 220 bhp in conjunction with a 6 speed gearbox, ( as from 03/98 ), and is the only 6 cylinder engine in the Alfa GTV programme. 

 

Chassis

The extreme wedge form used by Pininfarina will still look timeless well into the next century through its timeless simplicity. The 2 projection headlamps, although small and compact, give a superb light, they also, even if at the first look that they may not be one unit, but they are!. They are seated elegantly under the bonnet, a bonnet which is made from a composite material known as KMC. The advantages speak for themselves, weight saving and no corrosion problems, corrosion plays a great role in the new design. Alfa Romeo had learnt from the earlier models and decided to galvanise all relevant parts, including the chassis, so that corrosion will never again rear its ugly head.


Alfa Romeo GTV V6 24V

The chassis is not a perfect example of taughtness, this applies mainly to the Alfa Spider, the platform has the habit of giving every bump in the road surface to the driver via the steering wheel. To compensate for this a dome brace from the firm of Wiechers and Zender can be fitted. The brace can be ordered through the Fanshop from Alfisti.net. Whilst driving on very long motorway curves or on uneven surfaces you will quickly notice the difference to the handling that the Dome Brace makes as it averts the twisting of the front end. This is as we said before mainly a problem of the Alfa Spider.

The Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV are produced in rather small numbers, ab