The next generation Alfa Romeo Spider and Mazda MX-5 are on the horizon for 2015, and the first plans for the car from Alfa Romeo are emerging. It plans to use the turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 168hp that is already found in the Giulietta and fitted with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
To save money, Alfa Romeo collaborated with Mazda on the chassis for the new car. However, the two cars will have completely different styling and different powertrains.
They will share windshields, windshield structures, front bulkheads, engine compartments, front and rear axles, wheelbase and track. Mazda has engineered it to weigh between 1,000kg (2,205lb) and 1,100kg (2,425lb).
While the suspension layouts will be the same because of the shared platform, the suspension setups will vary between the two cars.
The final design has not been agreed upon yet within Alfa, but designer Marco Tencone from Fiat Centro Stile is heading the team and spending a lot of time in Japan with his team to craft the car. Tencone is on a bit of a roll in terms of Fiat styling. He penned the Alfa 4C, Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli. The major inspiration for the new car is said to be the original Duetto spider but with modernized looks like he did with the 4C.
The frontal design is said to be heavily inspired by the original Duetto with a central shield flanked by wide air intakes.
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