The next-generation Mazda MX-5 will share its platform with a two-seat Alfa Romeo roadster
18 January 2013

The Fiat Group and Mazda have signed a final agreement to co-develop a two-seat roadster.

The agreement will see two differentiated and differently styled sports cars developed based on the next-generation Mazda MX-5 platform. Both the Mazda, and an Alfa Romeo-badged version, will be built by Mazda at its Hiroshima plant from 2015.

Each of the rear-wheel-drive roadsters will be powered by each brand’s engines. The new MX-5 could feature a 1.3-litre turbocharged unit featuring the brand’s SkyActiv technology, which would allow engineers to slash the current car’s 1,100kg kerbweight.

The Alfa Romeo could carry a new version of the Alfa’s 1750cc turbocharged engine, which is capable of developing up to 296bhp, although a development of the 168bhp 1.4TB engine from the Giulietta and Mito is possible. 

Although no name has been confirmed for the Alfa-badged roadster, Autocar understands bosses are considering reviving the Spider name.

Mazda says the agreement allows it to enhance development and production efficiencies, while Alfa can offer a modern “interpretation of the classic Alfa Romeo roadster”

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18 January 2013

I'm increasingly bored with modern cars and can count the number of cars that I actually want to own on one hand. Of those I can only afford two!

This however is a car I'm really looking forward to owning if it lives up to its promises and Alfa doesn't get to greedy with the pricing. I had started to worry that given the further delays to the US relaunch announced at the Detroit show the new expanded Alfa range wouldn't actually happen, but this news has restored some faith!! 

18 January 2013

gussy51 wrote:

I'm increasingly bored with modern cars and can count the number of cars that I actually want to own on one hand. Of those I can only afford two!

This however is a car I'm really looking forward to owning if it lives up to its promises and Alfa doesn't get to greedy with the pricing. I had started to worry that given the further delays to the US relaunch announced at the Detroit show the new expanded Alfa range wouldn't actually happen, but this news has restored some faith!! 

 

Actually that will be the issue the price.  I can see it now 10k more than the mx5 with a remoulded interior that rattles.

TS7

18 January 2013

As long as it's better than the product of the Alfa-Nissan tie up of a few years back: Japanese 'style' met Italian reliability with inevitable consequenses.

18 January 2013

Does this mean reliable Alfas or unreliable MX5s ?

Previous chassis collaborations with Fiat have not wrought great cars. Let's hope this car stays mainly Mazda.

Before you Alfistas castigate me - I've owned many and loved them all but my MX5 always loved me back...

18 January 2013

Ah yes the old Alfa Arna.... Nissan body with alfa electrics what an agreement. Surely they've learned from that mistake? I'd buy a new spider in a heartbeat over an MX-5 and I've had two of those. So hurry along Alfa please Smile 

18 January 2013

Sensible move for both companies as the economies of scale make sense for both.

Looking on the positive side this Alfa side of the package could give the MX5 chassis the power it has been crying out for, for years!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

18 January 2013

That joint venture was rubbish, but I think things have moved on significantly since then, so its a totally pointless comparison!

Modern Alfa is capable of quality and the Mazda MX5 is an appropriate platform for a new Alfa Spider (and I think the Mazda 2 would also be the ideal base for the next Mito).

TS7

18 January 2013

gussy51 wrote:

That joint venture was rubbish, but I think things have moved on significantly since then, so its a totally pointless comparison!

 

I'm not comparing it, I'm having a laugh - it's what the internet is for. Well, that and porn of course.

18 January 2013

I'm really excited about the Alfa that comes out of this deal, but they have been talking about this for some time and all we get are artist impressions and speculations.  A little like the 4C, that's been on the cards for ages and so far nothing more than a concept car.

It's boung to be priced higher than the MX-5, but the MX-5 will be delivered with a 1.3 Ltr engine and the Alfa will be available with that excellent 1.7Ltr engine.  The MX-5 will be the cheap and cheerful sports car of it's routes and the Alfa will be the more up-market car the MX-5 was heading for.

Either way, the due date for these cars co-inside with my next purchase window and are on the short list (price pending).  Now to start working on the misses!

18 January 2013

Lets just hope it is "co developed" and not just an Alfa bodied/Alfa styled MX5

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