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Mazda MX-5

/Alfa (2015) first spy shots of the roadster project

By Ollie Kew


19 September 2013 16:00

looking at what’s likely to be the enthusiast’s highlight of 2015: the of two new rear-drive, two-seater sports wearing iconic badges: MX-5, and Alfa Romeo Mazda and Alfa are joining to create a shared-platform sports but each model will bespoke styling and be powered by in-house engines.

Pretty sure I’m actually at an old MX-5 that’s crashed…

current-gen MX-5 test is far from pretty, but ignore the eye shadow around its RX-8 and missing side skirts: test hack is concealing the important bit: powertrains. car was spied tooling around Hills, Michigan – the home of world headquarters.

What was a Mazda doing in Chrysler’s back yard?

be fooled by the Mazda suit – is a joint project. Alfa is part of the Chrysler family – is in charge of Alfa’s Fiat overlords. So, it’s likely under the red herring Mazda this car is running the Alfa 4C supercar’s powertrain, rotated 180 degrees to power the new Alfa

Back with a bang the new Alfa Spider?

With a turbocharged 1.7-litre developing 237bhp, we should say so. VW Golf GTI-besting output is to the rear wheels via the 4C’s ‘TCT’ paddleshift gearbox. to Mazda’s ‘SkyActiv’ chassis, the kerbweight should be reassuringly low – not as featherweight as the carbonfibre 4C.

What’s the with the Mazda MX-5?

engineers are targeting a substantial saving for the new MX-5, thanks to the philosophy. The current 6 saloon and new 3 have managed to shave 100kg from the kerbweights of predecessors, but that’ll be a taller for the MX-5, which comes in at 1150kg in its current guise.

It’ll offer a manual only in the UK – Mazda admits the auto didn’t fit with the enthusiast-pleasing ethos in the UK market, … up 50% of European MX-5 – and 10% of the worldwide total. An automatic is on the cards for the American market, As per the current MX-5, folding and conventional canvas-roofed roadster will be available, with the model purported to cost than £20,000.

What about a hot Mazda MPS to scare Z4s and Boxsters?

Don’t your breath. With resources concentrated on trimming and reducing CO2 via the SkyActiv policy, shying away from sporty models for the time – though insiders admit love to see a return for the performance-orientated MPS Right now, it’s a and it’s the fault of the SkyActiv themselves.

Thanks to their ultra-high ratios – and the resultant lack of tuneable turbochargers – Mazda got a suitable brawny engine to power hot 2s, 3s, 6s and MX-5s. Its Alfa sister, on the other hand, 237bhp on hand from its 4C engine. could be the Italian-styled within for the new MX-5. We’ll out in 2015.

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