Alfa Romeo's new 4C coupe is right around the corner, but that's not the only sports offering the Italian carmaker is preparing.
Due in late 2015 is a new open-top Alfa, developed in partnership with that other roadster legend-maker, Mazda. Now, a number of key details have reportedly surfaced online.
It is already known the new Alfa will utilise the platform of the next MX-5, but power will be provided by a range of Fiat engines rather than a Mazda mill.
Although not confirmed, engine options in the new Alfa could include Fiat's 125kW 1.4 litre TB MultiAir engine - which insiders claim can be adapted for rear-wheel-drive - and higher outputs could be produced in the roadster.
And, of course, while the 4C is a mid-engined offering, the new roadster - likely to revive the Spider badge - will pack its engine in the front.
Expect power to get to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch auto.
According to the UK's Autocar, insiders have confirmed that shared architecture components will include the front and rear axles, along with the engine compartment, front bulkhead and windscreen frame.
Both are expected to be around 4000mm long and 1700mm wide, and - as is already known from the Mazda side of the project - a kerb weight of around 1000-1100kg is targeted.
The Pininfarina-penned 2uettottanta concept of 2010 is said to provide some hints at the new Spider's look, although the Italian design studio is reportedly not involved with the production model's design.
The report adds that the new Spider will share some styling cues with the new 4C coupe, which would likely mean larger headlights and a more open bumper design.
Both cars will be produced at Mazda's Hiroshima plant, and while the new MX-5 is expected sometime in late 2013, production of Fiat's hot little Alfa is scheduled to begin in 2015.