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.