Much like the new Alfa Romeo 4C, the upcoming Alfa Romeo Spider will sport a contemporary design paired with a lightweight body when it hits the market in late 2015.
The Alfa Romeo Spider will be the Italian automaker’s version of the sports car it is jointly working on with Mazda. That means it will be built on the next-generation Mazda MX-5 platform and will be manufactured in Japan. As for its styling, it’s close to being signed off and is designed by Marco Tencone, chief designer at Alfa Romeo and Maserati.
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Tencone is also responsible for the Alfa Romeo 4C’s styling, so it’s expected that the Alfa Romeo Spider will be similar in terms of being contemporary in design and not retro. It’s worth noting that Pininfarina, which designed the 2010 Duettotanta concept is not involved with the Spider’s design. The car is expected to be about 13-feet long and 5.5-feet wide and will be lightweight at around 2,400 pounds.
As for what will lurk under the hood, the Alfa Romeo Spider is expected to have the same 1.4-liter TB MultiAir engine found in the Giulietta, but the more powerful 168 horsepower variant. It will be mated to a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.
[Source: Autocar UK]
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