In 2010, Alfa Romeo debuted its 2uettottanta concept at the Geneva Motor Show. The concept was touted to be the mold of Alfa’s next-gen Spider, which will be jointly-developed with Mazda, who is also planning to come up with the new MX-5 Miata. Both companies signed the deal earlier this year and confirmed that both cars will be built at Mazda’s Hiroshima plant in 2015.
Both cars will share the same platform, but will have different styling, body panels and engine altogether. The next-gen Spider is reported to receive as much as 168 hp from a 1.4-litre MultiAir engine, which is also used in the Guilietta. The MX-5 on the other hand, will retain its naturally aspirated SkyActiv power plant.
Designer Marco Tencone says that the Spider will definitely not be retro in design. Although both roadsters share windscreens, windscreen structures, front bulkheads, engine compartments and front and rear axles, the Spider is expected to be longer at four metres and 1.7 metres wide. The scale should point between 1,000 to 1,100 kg.
The new MX-5 will be launched early 2015 while the Spider will come out only later in the same year.