New Alfa Spider and Mazda MX-5 will Reportedly Get Different Engines

The marriage of Japanese technology and Italian design is a very fortunate one; the collaboration between Alfa Romeo and Mazda, for the creation of the new Spider and MX-5 is even more so. However, while we do expect the two cars to be quite competent, we’re curious to see how the manufacturers choose to differentiate them.

Now, while the styling will be predictably different, the cars will share the same platform and many mechanical bits. One thing they won’t share are reportedly the engines, which will be manufacturer-specific for each of the two offerings.

The Mazda is expected to get a SKYACTIV 1.6-liter petrol motor, with around 130 hp, while the Alfa should get the 1.4-liter MultiAir engine in its lesser variants, while cars higher up in the range may be fitted with the 1750 TBi unit. Power for the Italian cars should range from between 120 hp and 296 hp, according to British magazine Autocar.

The publication’s report also states that Mazda’s version of the roadster will not use any kind of forced induction, keeping their engines naturally-aspirated and high-revving. This is one key difference between the two roadsters, in my view, and it will give the cars very distinct characters, because, after all, the engine is the dominant force in such a small and light roadsters. Both cars are expected to get six-speed manual gearboxes as standard.

By Andrei Nedelea

PHOTO GALLERY

Alfa-Romeo-Spider-1Alfa-Romeo-Spider-2Alfa-Romeo-Spider-3Alfa-Romeo-Spider-5Alfa-Romeo-Spider-6Alfa-Romeo-Spider-7Alfa-Romeo-Spider-8Alfa-Romeo-Spider-9Alfa-Romeo-Spider-10Alfa-Romeo-Spider-11

Toyota Land Cruiser To Be Dropped In US After 2022?

If you want a hardcore Toyota, you might have to opt for one with a Lexus badge.

Fernando Alonso All But Confirms 2020 Dakar Rally Entry With Toyota

The two-time F1 world champion embarked on a five-month testing program with the Dakar-spec Toyota Hilux.

Limited Edition Rolls-Royce Ghost Zenith Ready To Dazzle Europe

The Ghost Zenith Collection recently made its North American debut at Pebble Beach and will be made in just 50 units.

Chevrolet Offers $2500 Discount To Mustang Owners Who Switch To Camaros

Sales of the Camaro are well below those of the Challenger and Mustang, which has prompted GM to come up with this incentive.

Ford Looking To Secure Mondeo Evos Moniker, Should We Expect A New Model?

Interestingly, the name was first used on a concept car previewing Ford’s new design language eight years ago .

Rolls-Royce To Skip Plug-In Hybrids, Will Launch EV When “Time Is Right”

Rolls-Royce won’t follow in the footsteps of Bentley which plans to offer both plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.

This Hellcat-Swapped Jeep Gladiator Is The Off-Roader We Secretly Want

This Jeep Gladiator’s 6.2-liter supercharged V8 Hellcat engine has been tuned to 750 hp.

Check Out The 2020 Lincoln Aviator From Every Angle In Huge Photo Gallery

Get a closer look at the Aviator Grand Touring hybrid too, with its 494 hp and 630 lb-ft.

Watch 170 Cars Do Burnouts At The Same Time In Colorado

The Australians previously held the record when 126 vehicles did burnouts at the same time.

Bespoke Rolls Royce Cullinan Will Attack Your Eyeballs With Its Fux Orange Paint

Rolls Royce’s latest bespoke creation comes with a pretty bright paintjob.