From $220 per day, drive the most modern of Alfa Spiders. With refinement at German levels but the character very definitely still Italianate, this is so much more than a boulevard cruiser. It’s a sonorous, convertible sports car with heart and soul, yet with plenty of space for 2. Sultry and muscular in metallic black, this is yet another rare treat to be able to drive on stunning roads.
Features and Specification
- Power Soft Top
- Climate Control
- Suede Seats
- Wind Deflector
- CD with Bluetooth
- Five Airbags
- Traction Control (ASC)
Ride = Balanced
- Seats 2
- Luggage Space = Good
- Boot space roof up = 90 x 35 x 40 (cm LWH)
- Boot space roof down = as above
- Also narrow storage space behind the seats
- 2.2 litre fuel injected
- Tiptronic 6 speed transmission with paddle shift
What's she like to drive?
Refined, engaging, fun, satisfying. It’s very confidence expiring, feeling firmly planted on the road. It has a start/stop button…mmm. The tiptronic gearbox has multiple personalities, able to effortlessly cruise in plain auto mode or give you the choice of the gears in manual change tiptronic mode. However, if you really want to play, the steering mounted paddle shifters allow you you to seriously shift things, even blip the throttle for extra rasp as you go. Belissimo!
What do I need to get used to?
Feeling unbelievably smug that you have one of the most distinctive, modern, charismatic and rare Italian sports cars as a hire car? There’s not a lot that’s annoyingly idiosyncratic with this Alfa. As with most paddle shifters, you can lose track of where they are when you’re really working the steering wheel, but the tiptronic manual gear lever is always there. The wind deflector is fantastically efficient at keeping the cold draughts from your neck, and the dual zone climate control means each occupant can have conditions just how they like them. And the glass rear window with a reversing camera and rear sonar means parking is the right kind of breeze too. It even has a decent sized boot that’s not compromised when the roof is down…flair with practicality – of course, if you want more boot space, you could opt for a Corolla as your hire car….
What about safety and reliability?
Five airbags, ABS, traction control….plus she’s very well looked after and has to pass the Certificate of Fitness (CoF) test required for all rental cars every 6 months.
What condition is she in?
Superb, as new condition. The suede seats and brushed aluminum facia, like the rest of the car are virtually showroom condition, with a relatively low mileage for a car of this age.
How much luggage can fit?
Quite a decent number of multiple soft bags. The boot, unaffected by whether the roof is up or down, is deep and wide, and there’s a narrow extra storage space behind the seats, with added cubby bins. Please refer to the Seating & Luggage tab above for exact dimensions.
And the best driving tracks from the same year as the car would be?
Bit of a dearth of decent music this year, however as is often the case, it’s the female of the species that save the day. For 2008 the best driving tracks are:
- Williams Blood – Grace Jones
- Stepping Stone – Duffy
- Lyra – Kate Bush
Now we acknowledge driving music is a very subjective thing, but clearly here, we’re right. So download, hire our Portable Bluetooth Speaker & enjoy!
How fast will she go Mister?
Have you heard of a slow Italian sports car….?
How would a certain Mr Clarkson describe it?
“….an Alfa is a portal through which all petrolheads must pass if they genuinely want to know what it is that differentiates a car from a toaster or a washing machine.“
And the RentAClassic description for the Alfa Romeo Spider 2.2?
Satellite Navigation Hire
Far superior navigation to most phone apps. $15 per 24 hours.
Portable Speaker Hire
Beam your perfect cruising soundtracks to our best in class UE Roll Bluetooth speaker! $15 per 24 hours.
Pack a picnic
Hire a picnic hamper with settings for 2 or 4, (minus food & drink), plus rug. $30 for 24 hours.