strong power band to play with. The close-ratio six-speed has Ferrari-style push-button selection of first (or reverse), then you use the paddles.
Shifts under pressure are snappy and seamless. Automatic mode is also provided for Nonna to use when she goes to the market.
Initial turn-in is accompanied by quite a degree of body roll but the Spider is supremely flickable, settles immediately, then goes where it’s aimed with wonderful precision and control. You get so much feedback that it’s easy to feel how close you are to the Alfa’s limits of grip, which are extremely high.
Stability control will chirp a rear wheel to control oversteer if you’re too ambitious on entry and lift off late; the electronic diff function gets drive efficiently to the bitumen as you power out, with attitude if required in Race mode, which
nukes the traction control.
Motoring in the raw: loud, uncompromising, fast and furious, wrapped in sensuous panels. As a daily drive the Alfa is useless but you’d still have one.