The Shape of Things to Come?


The upcoming Alfa Romeo Spider planned to go on sale in 2015 will combine 168bhp of power with a kerb weight of around 1000kg according the latest report from Autocar. The Alfa Romeo Spider, which will share its underpinnings with the next-generation Mazda MX5 and be built in Japan as part of a partnership finalised in January, will be powered by the Italian brand’s own hardware.
According to the report, the 168bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder MultiAir unit found in the current front-wheel-drive Alfa Romeo Giulietta will also power the rear-wheel-drive Spider, albeit installed longitudinally. The engine is to be mated exclusively to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission in a move that matches the sole paddle-shifted gearbox available for the turbocharged 1.8-litre-powered hardtop 4C sports car.


While the report says the Italian and Japanese soft-tops will share windscreens, windscreen structures, front bulkheads, engine compartments and front and rear axles, the Alfa Romeo is set to be slightly longer. Both are believed to be around four metres long and 1.7 metres wide, though, and weigh between 1000-1100kg.

Given the variation of major components, commonality between the Spider and the MX5 will be relatively low, at about 40 per cent. A more typical figure for joint-platform projects is 60 per cent.

Alfa Spider Artist

Alfa-Romeo Spider Artist’s Impression

The Alfa Romeo Spider is expected to launch in late 2015, more than a year after the 4C’s expected local arrival in early 2014 and behind the next-generation Mazda MX5’s early-2015 global launch.

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