Few rumors have circulated quite like the prospect of a new Alfa Romeo Spider. While the previous Brera-based model stands as one of the most beautiful cars ever made, dynamically speaking, most found it deeply flawed. But the Milanese automaker has long been rumored to be working on a more successful successor – even commissioning Pininfarina to create the sleek 2uettottanta concept pictured above. Now, the latest word on European streets is that Alfa has got its sights set on the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

That the next Alfa Spider will pack a turbocharged four-cylinder – likely the 1.7-liter unit from the Giulietta – is pretty much a given, but in order to take on the venerable Miata, Alfa will need to cut its weight down considerably. And considering how heavy some of the marque's most recent products have been, the carbon-fiber 4C concept notwithstanding, that'll prove to be no mean feat.

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      Al Terego
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is no way Alfa can or will price this to match that of the Miata. Dream shattered :((
      • 3 Years Ago
      I use to convince myself that there was a need for impractical sports cars in the world on the sheer beauty and nimbleness of old Alfa Romeos alone. I was younger back then. Now that most cars today are ugly (by comparison), I have been convinced that practicality should come above all else when purchasing a new one. The car pictured, on the other hand, would probably be enough to convince me that I need to own another Alfa Romeo soon. Of course, we ARE talking about Alfa Romeo here...so, much like their perpetually delayed plans to re-enter the US market, this rumor is probably too good to be true. I will believe it only when I see it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      My God that thing is pretty.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ont thing Alfa is good at for sure: RUMORS
      • 3 Years Ago
      These guys have been planning a lot of things for a lot of years....yet to see any of their prior "plans" on the road.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How can they say they're competing with Mazda when this car will probably price at least double that of the Miata's? Shouldn't they be targeting BMW, Porsche and Benz's roadsters instead. By lowering their sights at Mazda, Alfa Romeo just admitted that the Miata is the best roadster out there at any price point, period. Mazda and the owners of their affordable roadster should be flattered! Zoom-zoom, baby, zoom-zoom!
        • 3 Years Ago
        actually, alfas are usually not as expensive as they look. they are usually just a little bit more expensive than a comparable vw and this one will probably not be much more expensive than a miata
        • 3 Years Ago
        As pippo wrote: Alfa doesn't compete with the marques you mentioned, at least not in Europe. They're reasonably priced cars (excluding the 8C) that just happen to look expensive through their design.
          • 3 Years Ago
          not in same price category as Mazda anyway...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome looking, but on what platform??? I think this is a beautiful pipedream....
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh yes please! Its going to have to be one hell of a car to compete with the MX5, though. The MX5 is like the universally loved car of anyone enthusiast, and its cheap price, nimble handling, and large aftermarket are things that the Alfa will need to bring to the table to really compete.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'll agree with you except in one thing. There have been a few cars over the years that have been able to compete with the Miata, they just never gained the same success. Take the S2000 for example. Most Miata guys I know would take one in a heartbeat, but it was produced in such small numbers and for such a shorter period of time that they're pretty hard to find. It outperforms the Miata in nearly every category but it wasn't considered as successful. It should be easy for Alfa to compete with the Miata, but it will be next to impossible to beat it. To be honest, I think the best way would to come in lower than the Miata in price point (a new miata is 24k, base, which is starting to get into the territory of some other terrific cars) and match Miata level performance. But this is Alfa we're talking about.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmm. With the Chrysler/FIAT tie-up, perhaps both companies could work on a small RWD platform and the we could have a Dodge Demon for the lower price point, and Alfa Romeo for the higher one!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Such a clean and beautiful design. Finally a modern design that seems a worthy Duetto Spyder successor. I like the Miata/MX5 but I've never really been pulled to purchase one. This car could change my mind. I'll set my alarm calendar to 2018 so I'm not disappointed by another eternal delay. Thanks for surprising me with this design Alfa. Now surprise me with delivery inside the decade and I'll be ecstatic. Better yet, hire me to drive the project so I can be doubly certain that it happens :-) PS: forgive my whining, I've just been waiting so long for you guys to get back to the US and designs like this and the Brera make it even more difficult to wait.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good luck http://www.flickr.com/photos/d70w7/6357954445/
        David S.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Like others have said, competition is a good thing, force Mazda to keep dropping the weight... I'll add a blurry http://twitpic.com/6k47hp
      • 3 Years Ago
      I drool over clean lines such as these, looks like the C7 Vette should .
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