2015 Mazda MX-5 / Alfa Romeo Spider mule spied for the first time

2015 Mazda MX-5 / 2016 Alfa Romeo Spider spy photo
2015 Mazda MX-5 / 2016 Alfa Romeo Spider spy photo / SB-Medien

Both models will be built in Japan

The 2015 Mazda MX-5 / Alfa Romeo Spider has been spied for the first time.

Snapped outside Chrysler's Tech Center in Auburn Hills, the mule has a heavily-modified MX-5 body which has been pieced together. While it's certainly not a looker in its current condition, the prototype gives us a rough idea of the roadster's overall dimensions.

The details are hard to make out but we can see an added section in front of the A-pillar which suggests the model will have classic "long hood, short deck" proportions. We can also see longer doors which implies the model has a longer wheelbase. Last but not least, the extended wheel arches suggest the car could have a wider track.

Engine options remain a mystery, but the companies have previously said the "Mazda and Alfa Romeo variants will each be powered by specific proprietary engines unique to each brand." Early speculation suggests the Mazda will use either a 1.3- or 1.6-liter SkyActiv engine, while the Alfa could have a 1.4-liter MultiAir engine with at least 120 HP (89 kW).

The Mazda MX-5 is expected to be launched in 2015 and the Alfa Romeo Spider - which could be called the 2C - is slated to follow shortly thereafter.

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Give the next MX5 a rotary engine.
Sep 25th, 2013 11:17pm
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Argenta Argenta
Make that a new 124 Spider too
Sep 25th, 2013 3:43pm
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rambo_005 rambo_005
I'd like to see the Spider name continue!
Sep 25th, 2013 12:38am
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Keeping it in-line with the 8C and 4C, I would be satisfied if Alfa Romeo gave this the 2C tag.
Sep 24th, 2013 11:42pm
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loki loki
That would help have a cohesive naming throughout the line, though I doubt they'll actually do it. They wouldn't resist reviving the "Spider" moniker.
Sep 25th, 2013 10:29am
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JoeyHapro JoeyHapro
what a bunch of bogus... 8c stands for 8cylinders, so does 4c stand for 4cylinders.... 2c??? how is that going to work out?
Sep 25th, 2013 2:09pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Oh right, I didn't take into consideration the number of cylinders. I was just suggesting a consistent naming strategy.
Sep 25th, 2013 6:47pm
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JoeyHapro JoeyHapro
@n20: no prob... but why not keep the spider name? it has a long and colourful tradition. and sounds very nice, as well! i think alfa should keep giving their cars real names (and creating real cars first ;)) and use the 'x'C names for their real sportcars. a 6c is still missing, so is a 12c ;D
Sep 25th, 2013 11:26pm
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loki loki
And thus, our longing for a light, RWD, fun and reliable Alfa spider nears its end... *tear*
Sep 24th, 2013 11:22pm
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