Key facts

1997 Alfa Romeo Spider 1.8 Twin Spark 16v information summary

What body style?
convertible/cabriolet with 2 seats
How long?
4285 mm
How heavy?
1350 kg
What size engine?
1.7 litre, 1747 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
146 PS / 144 bhp / 107 kW @ 6500 rpm
How much torque?
169 Nm / 125 / 17.2 kgm @ 3500 rpm
How quick?
0-100 km/h: 9.3 s
How fast?
205 km/h, 127 mph

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1997 Alfa Romeo Spider 1.8 Twin Spark 16v technical specifications


This vehicle has a 2 door convertible/cabriolet type body styled by Pininfarina with a front mounted engine that delivers power to the front wheels.
Power is supplied by a double overhead camshaft, 1.7 litre naturally aspirated 4 cylinder engine, with 4 valves per cylinder that provides power and torque figures of 144 bhp (146 PS/107 kW) at 6500 rpm and 169 N·m (125 lb·ft/17.2 kgm) at 3500 rpm respectively.
This power is transferred to the wheels by means of a 5 speed manual transmission.
Quoted kerb weight is 1350 kg.
Maximum claimed speed is 205 km/h (127 mph).
1997 Alfa Romeo Spider 1.8 Twin Spark 16v data
1997 Alfa Romeo Spider 1.8 Twin Spark 16v data
Body type2 seater convertible/cabriolet
Number of doors2
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2540 100
Track/tread (front) 1499 59
Track/tread (rear) 1487 58.5
Length 4285 168.7
Width 1780 70.1
Height 1315 51.8
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.69
Kerb weight 1350 kg 2976 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 70 litres 15.4 UK Gal 18.5 US Gal
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Alfa Romeo
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 1.7 litre
1747 cc
(106.608 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 82 × 82.7 mm
3.23 × 3.26 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.99
double overhead camshaft (DOHC)
4 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output
146 PS (144 bhp) (107 kW)
at 6500 rpm
Specific output
82.4 bhp/litre
1.35 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
169 Nm (125 ft·lb) (17.2 kgm)
at 3500 rpm
Specific torque
96.74 Nm/litre
1.17 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
compression ratio 10.3:1
Fuel system Bo Motronic M 1.5.5 fuel inj.
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1215.6 kPa (176.3 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 436.75 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter Y
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h 9.3 s
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre 30.7 s
Maximum speed 205 km/h (127 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 108.15 PS/g
79.54 kW/g
106.67 bhp/ton
0.05 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 12.57 kg/kW
21 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km
km per litre
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
Engine position front
Engine layout transverse
Drive wheels front wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering rack & pinion PAS
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle 11.20 m
Front suspension I.MS.W.ARB.
Rear suspension I.DW.CS.ARB.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R VeDi/Di-S
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Gearbox 5 speed manual
Top gear ratio 0.95
Final drive ratio 3.73
general ID41723
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 16.7
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1997 Alfa Romeo Spider 1.8 Twin Spark 16v added 1999-07-17.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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