The plan for the next generation Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster may be changing paths. Originally planned as Alfa Romeo, may be diverted to Abarth. The plans for the Alfa Romeo will not be disclosed until May (at the earliest), details from the Geneva motor show have suggested that the two lead architects have meshed components to create the ultimate roadster. Come see the variety of Miata models Borgman has to offer you road-racing fans!
Automobilemag.com – Georg Kacher
Fantastico! The Alfa Romeo sportscar that was going to be based off the next Mazda Miata may be diverted to Abarth. Alfa instead will do its own thing with Maserati, and the new Alfa rear-wheel-drive architecture can be tweaked to serve Chrysler and Dodge.
Here are the cornerstones of their plan:
- The roadster co-developed with the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, which is set to premier early next year, will more likely be badged an Abarth than an Alfa.
- The Alfa Spider will be part of the brand’s new RWD/AWD architecture.
- The long-term future of the Alfa 4C coupe and spider is unknown.
- The flexible RWD/AWD Alfa architecture will be adapted, and perhaps decontented, for the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Dodge Challenger replacements.
- All the new Maseratis — Levante, next Gran Turismo/GranCabrio, and Alfieri (pictured) — will share the same DNA.
- The architectures used by Alfa Romeo and Maserati are related, but it’s unclear to what extent.
- The front-wheel-drive MiTO and Giulietta will not be replaced. The proposed interim Giulietta sedan and sportwagon have been canceled.
- A total annual multi-brand production volume of well over 500,000 units, generated in four assembly plants – Modena, Grugliasco, Mirafiori, and Brampton – should guarantee profitability.
Why is Alfa having second thoughts about the MX-5/Duetto deal? Because it might not be such a clever idea to have the brand’s first new volume-selling halo car developed and built in Hiroshima. At Geneva, Marchionne told a press conference that all Alfas should be built in Italy. While it’s possible to divert the Spider to Fiat, which has a history of making affordable roadsters, Abarth is the sportier marque and needs fresh product even more urgently. Fiat will instead concentrate on the 500 and Panda family, as originally planned.