THE most exciting Alfa Romeo in years has ripped its top off in time for summer.

The 4C Spider finally joins the coupe in Alfaís Aussie showrooms this month.

Itís an expensive addition, though, with the Spiderís $99,000 price tag representing a $10K jump over its hardtop sibling.

Still, you get the same lashings of carbonfibre and the same huffing 1.7-litre direct-injection turbo four.

And if youíre worried about body bracing ruining the power-to-weight ratio that makes the 4C so special, donít Ė it adds only 10kg.