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Mazda-made Alfa Romeo roadster officially confirmed

 Mazda-made Alfa Romeo roadster officially confirmed
Pininfarina Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta Concept

Production starts in 2015

Mazda and Fiat have officially confirmed a Mazda-made Alfa Romeo roadster due in 2015.

It will be developed for the global market and be based on the next-gen Mazda MX-5. The agreement mentions both Mazda and Fiat will make "two differentiated, distinctly styled, iconic and brand-specific roadsters featuring rear-wheel drive."

Each car will be powered by brand-specific proprietary engines. The Alfa Romeo open-top two-seater sports car will be manufactured starting in 2015 at Mazda's plant located in Hiroshima, Japan.

The next generation of the MX-5 is expected to lose 220 lbs (100 kg) and could come with a 4-cylinder, 1.3-liter turbocharged engine producing about 200 hp (149 kW). Mazda plans to offer a high level of customization options for the new Miata.

Note: Pininfarina Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta Concept pictured

Source: Mazda / Fiat

January 18, 2013 

Mazda Motor Corporation
Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A.

Mazda and Fiat Sign Agreement for New Alfa Romeo Roadster

Further to the joint announcement of May 23, 2012, Mazda Motor Corporation (Mazda) and Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A. (Fiat) announced today the signing of the Final Agreement which will see Mazda produce an open-top two-seater sports car for Fiat’s Alfa Romeo brand at its Hiroshima, Japan, plant starting from 2015.

The new Alfa Romeo roadster will be developed for the global market, and will be based on the architecture of the next generation Mazda MX-5. The agreement foresees for both Mazda and Fiat to develop two differentiated, distinctly styled, iconic and brand-specific roadsters featuring rear-wheel drive. The Mazda and Alfa Romeo variants will each be powered by specific proprietary engines unique to each brand.

Through this contractual agreement, Mazda aims to enhance development and production efficiency and revitalize enthusiasm for open-top two-seater sports cars around the world. For Fiat, this collaboration will permit the company to deliver a modern interpretation of the classic Alfa Romeo roadster utilizing the latest technical solutions, helping Alfa Romeo to achieve its stated goals by 2016.

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Comments (11)

GTurbo
The sex is back in Alfa! I have seen the new Mazda MX-5 version of this traffic-stopping Italian model and it is arguably the sexiest of all iterations since the pop-up headlight original! Great platform-sharing move; up there with Toyobaru partnership! However, success lies in Concept-ready production version; the very element of success driving both the GT86 and BRZ coupes right now!
Jan 19, 2013 10:26 pm
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DukeTogo
I have loved this concept from the beginning. I wonder how far the production version will stray...
Jan 19, 2013 5:53 am
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GRAVE
Oh yeah MX-5 with 100 kg less weight and 200 hp? That would be a great small car to drive.
Jan 18, 2013 3:16 pm
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Dude von Dudenstein
Bring it to the US, people!
Jan 18, 2013 1:19 pm
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DBaskov
They will, as long as they quit delaying Fiat and Alfa Romeo entry into US.
Jan 18, 2013 8:10 pm
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oliver993997
just produce this as is. no changes. please.
Jan 18, 2013 11:57 am
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cargogh
This is much more exciting than the Subaru/Scion thing.
Jan 18, 2013 8:42 am
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Madness
The reliability of a Mazda combined with the aesthetics of an Alfa - Winning combination!
Jan 18, 2013 8:41 am
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AlexHohDesu
Great reason to celebrate tonight....BTW can somebody E-mail to Alfa Romeo a picture of the Alfa Romeo Arna for them to reflect their tragedy so we will have something with Italian styling and Japanese reliability and not the Bloody way round.
Jan 18, 2013 8:28 am
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N20_Purge
Great move for both brands. BMW could make the Z2 a challenger for these 2 cars if they don't go ahead with the FWD platform idea.
Jan 18, 2013 8:16 am
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Ratt
God forbid, I still hope there wont be FWD in any BMW EVER, Alfa used to be a cars with such a soul and passion (Alfa 75) and its still present within the design of their cars, BMW also has a big legacy and hardcore fans so I hope they wont lose that soul.
Jan 18, 2013 9:35 am
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