Rumor: Alfa Romeo Planning New Spider to Rival Mazda MX-5

Alfa Romeo is poised to introduce a modern-day revival of the legendary rear-wheel-drive Spider, reports the UK’s Auto Express. Alfa has Mazda’s successful MX-5 in its sights with the new design. The ultra-lightweight car will reportedly debut in 2013 with a price is reportedly in the $37,000 range. The car will replace the front-wheel-drive Brera Spider, which went out of production in 2010. The model is expected to be a key part of the brand’s re-launch strategy in the U.S. in 2013, in addition to the 4C sports car, and a Chrysler 300-based Giulia sedan.  Much like Mazda is doing with the development of the next-generation MX-5, weight reduction is a key priority in development, with a reported sub-2200-lb target for the roadster. Power for the roadster is expected to come from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing at least 150 horsepower. Alfa Romeo’s rumored return to the U.S. in 2013 -- if it finally occurs according to schedule -- will mark more than 17 years since the brand has been sold in the United States. Source: Auto Express

As an ex-owner of an Alfa Spyder 2000, I had been waiting for a US version of their Brera Spyder,but would not expect a competitor to a Mazda Miata to cost U.S. $ 37,000. Either Fiat has lost their bearings in the U.S. or the market went by them, Alfa should produce a spyder to compete with the Nissan 370Z, not a Miata chic car!
Carlo Di Paolo
Is anyone expected to really believe all this stuff. The only real thing that has come from Alfa this past decade is promises of a US return and lots of conceptual drawings. Alfa has become a company that produces drawings of fictional Alfa Romeos.
Don't be too worried, unlikely we'll ever see Alfa in North America anyway.
If it is priced in the $37,000 range it is not a Miata rival.

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