Alfa Romeo Spider successor to be based on next MX-5POSTED BY admin ON 23 May 2012
Jeremy Clarkson once mused on Top Gear that Alfa Romeo should build a topless rear-wheel drive sports car, called the Spider, a tongue-in-cheek reference to his co-host’s purchase of a dilapidated Spider in an earlier episode which paid tribute to cars from the Italian brand.
Well Clarkson’s jest might come true as Mazda has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with the Fiat Group for the development and manufacturing of a new roadster for Mazda and Alfa Romeo.
The new roadster would be based on Mazda’s next-generation MX-5 rear-wheel drive architecture.
That said both roadster from the two brands will be differentiated in terms of styling as well as sporting their individual brand’s own proprietary engines.
No doubt that the next MX-5 will come infused with Mazda’s SKYACTIV technologies to reduce weight and fuel consumption, while it remains to be seen what Alfa Romeo’s Spider successor would be like.
For now the plans have it that the roadsters from both companies would be built at Mazda’s plant in Hiroshima, with Alfa Romeo expected to begin production of their version of the roadster in 2015.
The final agreement between Mazda and Fiat is expected to be signed later in the second half of this year.
Mazda in the meantime is looking to discuss further opportunities for co-operation with Fiat in Europe.