MX-5-Based Alfa Is Now Abarth Roadster, Alfa To Develop Own Spider

The highly anticipated Alfa Romeo Spider based on the all-new Mazda MX-5 roadster is dead. According to reports, Fiat Group has decided to utilize the new MX-5 roadster platform for a new range-topping Abarth roadster instead.

As early as March, sources within Fiat had already hinted that the Italian automaker considered reassigning the Alfa Romeo-Mazda project for the Abarth badge. Now, new reports also reveal that Alfa Romeo has elected to develop a brand-new Spider model completely in-house.

“As far as the Spider goes, the final version is of course no longer the two-seater FCA codeveloped with Mazda, but a derivative of project Giorgio,” said Alfa Romeo and Maserati brand chief Harald Wester in an interview with CAR Magazine. The Alfa Romeo Giorgio project refers to a new range of vehicles based on a midsize rear or all-wheel drive platform. It is safe to assume that a Giorgio platform Alfa Romeo Spider will be significantly bigger in size than the MX-5-derived model as well.

It is too early to report more specific details regarding the new Alfa Romeo Spider project, but we are definitely looking forward to more Italian sports cars on the road, especially after the highly acclaimed debut of the Alfa Romeo 4C. Stay tuned as we learn more about the upcoming Fiat Abarth roadster and Alfa Romeo Spider in the months ahead.

By Danny Choy

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  • mb4design

    Swap in the Mazda grill, add MX5 to the tail & sign me up!

    • the Mazda face looks way better than the alfalfa

      • jameskatt

        I like the Alfa Romeo face much better than the Mazda grill.

  • Jake

    Alfa really needs to make a plan and stick with it, across the range.

  • dinn

    Alfa Romeo is planning and planning. Hopefully one day they will start to build a cars. 2 hatchbacks and limited edition of 4C seem to be quite modest offer.

  • Lancia Fan

    I would much prefer the mx5 chassis to be used for a new Lancia Fulvia and not an Fiat/Abarth, or even better, why not both! Flood the roads with amazing sports cars. A Fulvia could restart the brands fortunes in the same way the TT did for Audi.

  • This ALFA is a sheer beauty. An example of first class design. Forget about the much disliked latest MX5 design. Most MX-owners prefer the clean original lines from the starting model. This ALFA bags to be built…..

  • EpicLibFAIL

    Sounds like a-barf!

  • CytrynowaSkura

    Screen in Mazda is too small and has bad resolution.

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