Alfa Romeo has big goals for 2016, and achieving those goals isn’t going to be cheap. Fiat SpA’s chief executive, Sergio Marchionne has decided to cut down on development costs for the new Alfa Romeo roadster by signing an agreement with Mazda to share their next generation MX-5 platform for Alfa’s new ‘open-top two-seater sports car’.
The agreement states that Mazda will produce an open-top two-seater sports car for Fiat’s Alfa Romeo brand at its
Hiroshima, Japan, plant starting from 2015. The rear wheel drive platform will be shared albeit with different powertrains unique to each brand. While we can expect the SKYACTIV range of engines to power the MX-5, expect the Alfa Romeo roadster to borrow a mill from probably the Giulietta.
While it would be wishful thinking to hope for the new roadster to resemble Pininfarina’s 2uettontanta, we think it is safe to assume the new open top will be a modern yet elegant take on the Alfa Romeo Spider of 2010 which was based on the Brera.