It was wet when we conducted the performance figures for the 4C Spider, so even though it has launch control with a sensitive traction control system, it wasn’t going to get near its claimed 0-62mph time of 4.5sec, let alone the 4.1sec that an Exige needs in order to hit 60mph.
Still, given the conditions, the 5.1sec that it took to reach 60mph is a tidy result and not far behind a Boxster S’s 4.7sec (set in the dry).
It’s worth noting, though, that because it has four cylinders and a turbocharger, it performs the above with slightly less aural intensity than either of the other two cars. It blows and whooshes and boosts, whereas the other two fizz and crackle – or at least they did, until the turbocharged Boxster came along.
The Alfa’s throttle response, then, can’t quite match that of rivals that don’t have to wait for a turbo to spool up, which is about as surprising as waking up at night to find that it’s dark, given that it manages to produce 237bhp from only 1.75 litres.