Mazda and Fiat join forces on next-gen rear-drive roadster

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 8:35 AM

Alfa Romeo 8C Spider

This stunning Alfa Romeo 8C Spider is a touch on the supercar side of things, but can you imagine a sweet-handling, reasonably-priced, Mazda MX-5-based roadster that looks this good!


We have no other details other than the fact that the next-generation Mazda MX-5 will be co-developed by the Mazda Motor Corporation and Fiat Group Automobiles; both companies having signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development and manufacturing of a new roadster, to be badged and sold by both brands, by around 2015. It will be built by Mazda in Japan.

The new rear-wheel-driver is some way in the distance, but we all know quite well what to expect when it comes to MX-5s – the nippy 2-seater being a long-time firm favourite in the less than convertible-perfect-weather-UK.

In keeping with the Mazda MX-5 tried and tested design ethos – and now established trends towards light and frugal, yet fun, new cars – it’s probably a good guess to expect two seats, engine in the front and power to the rear wheels.

And it sounds like a good match up with the MX-5 always pleasing to drive and Alfa Romeo right on the money when their current new car styles. A new saucy Spider? Yes please!

The original Mazda MX-5 was all about good value convertible fun for the masses, with a sweet chassis and (almost) classic roadster style. And it still is...

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Late 80s Alfa Romeo 2.0 Spider. It’s got the looks alright, but is no match for the Mazda on price and fun-performance

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