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Alfa Romeo Spider details surface

 Alfa Romeo Spider details surface
Pininfarina Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta Concept

Mazda and Fiat announced earlier this year they would collaborate on development for a new roadster/spider based on the next generation Mazda MX-5 Miata platform. Further rumors have now arrived courtesy of Car & Driver which adds a little more substance to the Alfa side of the project.

The US-based magazine appears convinced the Alfa Romeo Spider will be called the Duetto. It will be powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will produce around 250hp (186kW/253PS). Transmission options will include a standard six-speed manual as well as an optional paddle-shift operated seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

With the use of lightweight aluminium materials, Alfa are also targeting a kerb weight that will not exceed 2300 pounds (1043kg).

The design is still open to speculation. Previous rumors have stated the Pininfarina Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta Concept (pictured) that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier strongly hints at the styling direction.

We expect to see the world debut of the new Duetto/Spider sometime during 2014 before production begins in 2015.

 

Source: caranddriver

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Comments (12)

 Julian_Arnold Julian_Arnold
Would be healthier if Alfa stayed away from VW. I was initially intrigued by the idea but then think what VW have done to Seat..?? On the surface, a deal with Mazda is the best thing Alfa have done since the 90s. A tie-in with Mazda/Nissan/Honda on other cars might just put Alfa where she belongs...
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November 25, 2013 6:06 pm
 Aesthetics Aesthetics
alfa is a brand that can carry rear wheel drive cars...so im hoping this spyder is not front wheel drive...the thought of a front wheel drive two seater just does not make sense...hoping it looks very much liek the pinin farina concept as well
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July 15, 2012 11:08 pm
 davo23 davo23
The 2uettottanta is simply beautiful. I hope they don't mess this up.
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July 13, 2012 7:31 am
 Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
If you call it Duetto, give it at least the boat tail of the `66 original.
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July 13, 2012 7:25 am
 TomasramonCorrea TomasramonCorrea
As usual, Alfas look great,and having a Mazda platform is not a bad idea. If this model´s reliability is good (believe me, I have been taken for a ride by Alfa)then , maybe it can be a top-seller.
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July 12, 2012 8:35 pm
 norther norther
i hope this wont end up liek the last time the italins colaborated with the japanese; japanese designed and italian engineered.
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July 12, 2012 3:34 pm
 Mikeado Mikeado
Bloody hell, 235bhp is quite a jump over previous MX-5s! Especially as it'll only weigh a tonne or so. That'll be cool.
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July 12, 2012 2:26 pm
 eddie eddie
Great looking car especially if the price is right. With the low weight should have plenty of power and handling
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July 12, 2012 1:57 pm
 BojanBijelic BojanBijelic
I've been waiting for Alfa comeback to US market for 11 years now !!! That is when they promissed to be back!!! Come on Alfa, how many more years before we see you here??????
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July 12, 2012 12:01 pm
 autoficianado autoficianado
lol I would rather not see VW engines in any more sports cars ...
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July 12, 2012 11:40 am
 BanfSnieder BanfSnieder
This brand is rotting under Marchionne. He should just sell it to Piëch. I want to see something like the Pandion on the road. Or a Brera that isn't on a compromised platform.
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July 12, 2012 11:19 am