Another issue is that of powerplants; we assume Mazda will use its new generation Skyactive units and transmissions, but what about Alfa?
The people over at Car&Driver magazine suggest that power for the Japanese-bred Italian might come from the very familiar 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo engine used in a variety of Fiat and Chrysler-badged vehicles (plus Alfa’s own Giulietta and MiTo).
The publication quotes inside sources that say the engine can be longitudinally mounted and will most likely come with a manual gearbox, though flappy-paddles will be an unquestionable option. It can most likely be tuned to safely produce in excess of 200 hp, if the application demands it.
Note: Early test mule for the next generation Alfa Romeo Spider and Mazda MX-5 pictured
By Andrei Nedelea