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Mike Stevens | Dec, 20 2014 | 3 Comments

Reports of an end to plans for a new Alfa Romeo roadster based on Mazda’s MX-5 appear to have been confirmed this week, but not all hope is lost.

The project, which called for the new Alfa to be built alongside the MX-5 in Japan, had been finalised earlier this year, after first confirming discussions early in 2012.

The months since have seen Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne describe an ‘Italy-only’ production plan for Alfa Romeo, leaving a question mark over the hotly anticipated Spider’s future.

Above: Pininfarina's stunning Alfa Romeo Spider concept may yet come, built now on an in-house platform.
Above: Pininfarina's stunning Alfa Romeo Spider concept may yet come, built now on an in-house platform.

But, speaking this week with UK magazine Car, Alfa boss Harald Wester confirmed that a new Spider is still in the works - only it is now set for the rear-wheel-drive ‘Giorgio’ platform that will underpin other new Alfa models.

What, then, of that contract with Mazda? It remains in place, Wester said.

The Fiat group is still contracted build a new car with Mazda; a model that Wester referred to only as “the Far East import”, adding that it will likely “find a new home with Fiat-Abarth”.

Above: Fiat's iconic 124 Sport Spider.
Above: Fiat's iconic 124 Sport Spider.

There is sense in this plan. In utilising its own platform, Alfa maintains an air of exclusivity, allowing for a higher purchase price unburdened by suggestions that it is merely an over-priced MX-5.

A Fiat-powered roadster built on a Mazda platform would also, at the other end of the spectrum, provide the group with an affordable sports car.

Likewise, access to in-house tuning brand Abarth opens the door to exciting high-powered versions that would set the Fiat roadster even further apart from its Japanese cousin.

Above: Pininfarina's Alfa Spider concept reimagined as a reborn Fiat 124. Image credit: autobild.de & Motor Forecast.
Above: Pininfarina's Alfa Spider concept reimagined as a reborn Fiat 124. Image credit: autobild.de & Motor Forecast.

Could we soon see a return of the Fiat 124 Sport Spider? We can only hope…

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