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Alfa Romeo to challenge the MX-5 with a new-generation Spider

By FaezClutchless on 29 Nov 2011

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The Alfa Romeo Spider, first released in the mid 1960s, lasted for almost three decades. It is one of Alfa Romeo’s most popular models especially in North America where large numbers of it were sold. Furthermore, the car was made even more famous when it was used in the movie The Graduate, driven by actor Dustin Hoffman.

Alfa Romeo has indicated that they are developing a next-generation Spider and will challenge the Mazda MX-5 which has controlled the roadster market segment ever since it came out.

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During that time, other than the Spider, this market segment was dominated by mainly British roadsters. British automakers such as Austin Healey, Triumph and MG had their own roadster models.

When Mazda introduces its MX-5 model (also known as the Miata in some markets) in 1989, it somehow captivated sports car fans in the same way like how the British and Italian roadsters did during the 1960s and 1970s. Even though the Spider lasted for four model generations (until 1993), the MX-5 became the more popular roadster due to its inexpensive price.

Reports have shown that Alfa Romeo plans to control back the roadster market segment. The car will be powered by the same 1.7 litre, 150bhp engine used in the Giulietta Cloverleaf. It will sit on a lightweight platform which Alfa Romeo said to be around 100kg less than the MX-5 curb weight.

Pricing of the new car will still be at the upmarket level in order to reflect on the Alfa Romeo brand. But the automaker said that it will be lesser than their outgoing Brera Spider model. Alfa Romeo intends to preview a conceptual model of the new Spider at the next Geneva Motor Show in March.

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