Alfa Romeo Spider said to get modern styling, 168 horsepower

Take a good look at the picture (and the high-res image gallery) of the Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta concept by Pininfarina, because the production Spider that will be a joint development with the coming Mazda MX-5 Miata isn't expected to look anything like it. According to a report in Autocar, designers at Fiat's Centro Stile couldn't figure out how to translate the concept to a production car.

We're being told that the new Alfa roadster will be styled to match the modernity of the brand's lineup, accented by "historic design themes," and that its exterior is near final approval. Apparently, the traditional Alfa grille will be flanked by "lower intake whiskers" and headlights that are nothing like those on the 4C. To be built alongside the Miata in Japan, it will share certain platform hardpoints like the front bulkhead and engine compartment, but won't have any body panels in common with the Mazda.

Only one engine is expected to be slotted in that bay: the 1.4-liter MultiAir with 168 horsepower. Those ponies will be charged with moving a roadster said to come in at no more than 2,420 pounds, with shifting performed by a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. If that information is correct, that would give it one more horsepower and 20 or more pounds less weight than the current manual-transmission Miata Sport. Comparing like-for-kind-of-like, it would have 10 more hp and be at least 122 pounds lighter than the current automatic-equipped Miata Sport.

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