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Hey everyone I am new to the site and alfas in general so I was wondering what the performance numbers are on a 72 spider. I can't find this info anywhere online and I am interested in one for a first car. Thanks in advance for the help!
 

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I would look back to archived issues of Road & Track. I suspect they would have evaluated these cars when new. HTH - Dickson
 

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I searched their website and couldn't find anything.
 

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I don't see a R&T road test for the '72 Spider but there is one for the GTV and Berlina. The Spider should be similar. The GTV test shows a 0-60 time of 9.6 seconds and a top speed of 110mph. Stopping distances from 60mph and 80mph are 150ft and 287ft respectively. If there is a specific parameter you are interested in, let me know.

Alfa's are not fast cars, particularly by today's standards. They are a lot of fun to drive though and mechanically interesting which are the main reasons I own them.
 

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A Great Reference

Here is great reference:

Alfa Romeo Spider Ultimate Portfolio 1966-1994
Brooklands Books

It is a collection of car magazine tests of the Spider. It has articles from both US and UK magazines.

I found it on Amazon.

Road Test featured a test of a Series 2 car in Dec 1974.

It has a great title: Like a Beautiful Woman...the Alfa Spider Veloce can be demanding, exciting, infuriating and exhilarating at the same time. What price joie d'vivre?

Here are some of it's test numbers:

0-60: 11.0 secs

1/4 mile: 17.13 secs 80.93 mph

Top speed: 118 mph

Braking from 60 mph: 154 ft

Fuel economy: 22.3

Lateral acceleration: .716 g

Price West Coast: $7024

For perspective:

1973 MG MGB Roadster $3,320
1973 Jaguar Series III E Type V12 Convertible $8,470
1972 Chevrolet Corvette $5,472
1973 Lincoln Continental $7,474
1972 Ford Pinto $2,078
 

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Unfortunately, the Ultimate Portfolio has only B&W photos. It isn't possible to determine the performance impact of color except the dark colors do seem to be faster than the light colors.;)
 

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9.6 0-60 is the number I've seen in the old R&T's same as a 70 911T
 

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Just for comparison sake, R&T rated the '71 (with the 1750 engine, of course) at 9.9 seconds 0-60 (they listed a TR-6 at 10.7 and a 914/6 at 8.7). Sport Car Graphic managed it in 8.8 (though for some reason their test of the GTV took 9.1). Road Test magazine took a leisurely 12.4 seconds and Motor Trend 10.3. That's quite a spread, probably depending to a large extent on whose foot is on the pedals, so I'd take magazine tests as an estimate at best.
 

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I don't see a R&T road test for the '72 Spider but there is one for the GTV and Berlina. The Spider should be similar. The GTV test shows a 0-60 time of 9.6 seconds and a top speed of 110mph. Stopping distances from 60mph and 80mph are 150ft and 287ft respectively. If there is a specific parameter you are interested in, let me know.
Where did you find those vintage reviews?
 

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Ah - well that explains it. I thought there was some super secret search online I was failing to figure out. Ha.
 

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The March 1971 issue of R&T has a test of the Spider. It gave the 0-60 time as 9.9 secs. 80-0 panic stop was 283 ft.

The Ultimate Portfolio book contains that article and 60 more about the Spider.


And speaking of magazine collections, I had a nearly complete collection of 1968-1998 Car & Driver that I kept together during my 22yr Army career (15 duty stations). My upholsterer took the collection as partial payment of his bill for the redo of my Lancia's interior. I did keep the issues that had tests of the cars that I have owned plus the infamous September 1968 issue. It's cover proclaimed "Italy vs England" and was illustrated by the Italian and UK flags painted on the torsos of two women.

As a 16 year old, I thought that it was a wonderful cover but it generated many angry letters and subscription cancellations.

The test pitted Aston Martin DBS against the Ferrari 275/GTB-4, the Lamborghini 400/GT 2+2, and the Maserati Ghibli. C&D excitedly exclaimed that the total value of the four cars was $64,000!

Here's the issue on e-bay: CAR AND DRIVER MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 1968 ITALY VS ENGLAND | eBay
 
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