Fiat and Mazda have agreed to a deal that will see Mazda producing a soft top two seater sports car for Alfa Romeo at it’s plant in Hiroshima, Japan, which will start in 2015. The roadster from Alfa Romeo will be a global car that is based on the Skyactiv S-platform that is being developed currently for the next Mazda Mx-5. It may be badged spider, with regards to the Spider roadster from Alfa Romeo that was built from the 1960’s through to the 1990’s.
Mazda and Fiat will be developing two very distinctly styled vehicles
According to the announcement that was made by both of the firms, both Fiat and Mazda will be developing two distinctly styled, differentiated, brand specific and iconic roadsters that feature rear wheel drive. Both the MX-5 and the Alfa Roadster have respected histories to plunder, with the latter likely to be branded spider. The Mazda is expected to debut sometime in 2014, with the Alfa Romeo due the year after, and will feature the latest interpretation of the Kodo design language from the firm. The two roadsters will be produced on the same line, however will use different engines.
The Alfa will be using an engine that is designed by Fiat and is likely to be an upgraded version of the 1.4 litre turbo unit that is used in the MiTo and Giulietta.
The Mazda will be getting a 1.3 litre four cylinder petrol engine
The Mazda will be getting a four cylinder, 1.3 litre turbocharged Skyactiv petrol engine, as Mazda look to make the next MK-5 a lot lighter than the 1989 original model.
If you are a fan of Mazda or Alfa Romeo then keep your eye out for the Spider Roadster, although it seems like a lifetime away at the minute, it will soon be 2015 and the car will be open for everyone to see.