Welcome to my Alfa Romeo Spider tribute!
With an award-winning Pininfarina design,
it’s a real head-turner and truly a driver’s delight!

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The picture showing the 17" Azev type E rims was taken at Dovrefjell National Park in Norway.

The one with the 18" Zender Sienas was taken in Oslo. This also shows the 30 mm lowering and 10 mm spacers on the back wheels.

M Y   S P I D E R

WOAW! – I thought the first time I saw it – THAT’S THE CAR I WANT! It took me a couple of years to get one, but when I finally got over to the dealer and sat in my Spider for the first time, I realized that it was the coolest and most sexy piece of toy I had ever laid my hands on!

Alfa Spider w/ Azev E 17" wheelsIt stood there all bright and shiny, and the interior was smelling like a thousand Italian cows – good, that is 🙂 The exceptionally beautiful Pininfarina design was painted in titan silver-gray metallic, – and to top it off, I had ordered the complete "Lusso" treatment, – air-con, Momo leather seats and the "blue style" package interior with color matching electric roof. The wheels was 17" Azev "E" rims fitted with Dunlop SP8000 245/35 tyres. It was truly love at first sight! 

Later I had to replace one of my rims due to poor Norwegian roads. It seemed difficult to get hold of just one of
the Azev rims, so I decided to go all the way! 4 new 18" Zender Siena rims especially made for Alfa, fitted with Nokian NRZi 225/40 was ordered. Woaw… it looks spectacular and the Nokian handles somewhat better than the old Dunlop.

Alfa Spider w/ 18" Zender Sienna wheels, 30mm lowering, painted mirrors and white side blinkersI thought that the Sienas left too much space in the back wheel archers, so I’ve added 10mm spacers on both sides and it looks perfect! I’ve also lowered it about 30mm with the Eibach Pro-kit sport springs. Combined with the 225/40/18 wheels, it now feels glued to the road – although it suffers a bit in comfort on sharp bumps. (Bogstadveien anyone? 🙂 Guess you can’t have it both ways…

The GTV/Spider has an exceptional design, so don’t go and overdo it in the styling department. A couple of things that it definitely deserves though, is the aforementioned 30mm lowering combined with 18" wheels. Other details that I’ve had done, is replacing the standard orange – and pretty cheap looking – side indicators with white ones.
I’ve also had the side mirrors painted. They originally come in matte black, probably to fit with the black windscreen frame. The GTV mirrors are painted though.

Alfa Spider w/ Zender Sienna 18" wheels and 30 mm loweringThe standard sound system is absolutely shit and just had to be replaced. I now got the Sony CD/radio CDX-L400X which has a silver and red front, – matching both the silver mid-consol and the red hazard button above the slot perfectly. Together with an 800W amp, it delivers open road music through a new set of full-tone speakers + tweeters, – and a real sub-woofer (not the extremely poor sub originally fitted). All in the Xplod-series from Sony.

Like I said, I bought the Spider foremost because of the exceptional and award winning design, but I soon discovered that I had bought something a lot more! Suddenly I understood terms like "driving pleasure", and "the Alfa Romeo legend". What a driver’s delight! It seems I’m always trying to come up with poor excuses to take it for a spin.

What more can I say, – I can’t get enough of the pure sight of it and I’m still looking at the reflection in the shopping windows when I’m waiting for the green light. But beware – it’s a real head-turner, and definitively not for those who want to travel incognito 🙂

Alfa Romeo Spider
– Model: 2.0 Twin Spark "Lusso"
– Year: 1999
– Engine: 2,0l/155 bhp (114 kW) 16V
– Speed: 215 km/h
  (the needle aaaalmost touched the 220 mark on my way to the airport recently 🙂
– Acceleration 0-100: 8,4 secs (2 adults + 20kg)
– Color: Titan silver-grey metallic (#559 Grigio Eclisse)

Extra equipment
– Rims: 18" Zender Siena
– Tyres: Nokian NRZi 225/40
– Metallic paint
– El. auto air-condition w/pollen filter
– El. roof 
– Momo leather seats (blue-grey)
– Momo "Blue Style" interior:
  Color matched velour carpeting, dashboard, leather doors and canvas roof
– Painted side mirrors
– Sparetyre-compressor w/foam
– Wind-stopper
– Eibach Pro-Kit sport springs (30mm lowered) with 10mm spacers on the back wheels.
– KN-performance airfilter
– White side indicators
– Sony CDX-L400X CD/radio, 800W amplifier driving 2 full-tone speakers, 2 tweeters and a
  sub-woofer. All from Sony’s Xplod-series

Standard equipment:
– ABS breaks
– Front fog lights
– Tilt steering wheel (height/length)
– "Alfa Code" engine lock
– Remote central lock in key (radio freq.)
– El. windows (colored)
– El. antenna
– El. mirrors w/heat
– Leather steering wheel and gear knob
– Light under the doors
– "Alfa Romeo" sill liner 
– Anti Fire System (FPS)
– 2 x airbag