Alfa Wants a New Spider in Time for US Return

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A recent Auto Express report managed to puzzle us thoroughly, as it talks about a fresh Alfa Romeo spider that’s coming to challenge the Mazda MX-5 (and of course the MINI Roadster that challenger the MX-5 as well).
It’s supposed to be a two-seatter that follows the teachings of the old 1960s model, meaning it will be smaller and lighter than the defunct Brera-based open-top model. That sounded like they want to chop the roof off the 4C sportscar, like we thought they would, and sell it as a convertible sportscars.

But since the report talks of a detuned version of their 1.75-liter that’s offered in the Giulietta QV, producing only 150 horsepower, this has obviously has nothing to do with the the 4C’s expected 300 ponies. Also, since there’s no Brera around, and the replacement for the 159 is still a ways off, the only platform available would be from the FWD hatches.

Thankfully, the new Alfa Spider won’t use these, but a new platform that’s currently being developed to lower the wight of the car to under a ton.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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