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