Alfa Romeo is setting its sights on the Mazda MX-5 with a £25,000 two-seater sports car to replace the now-defunct Brera Spider.
The focus is on less weight and more compact dimensions, so the car will be a true successor to the sixties ‘Graduate’ Alfa Spider.
The newcomer will form an important part of Alfa’s strategy when it returns to the US in 2013 after more than 15 years. The first model to arrive there will be the 4C, revealed in concept form at March’s Geneva Motor Show, followed by the 159-replacing Giulia, a saloon based on the Chrysler 300C and this two-seater.
Power for the roadster will come from a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine – most likely a detuned version of the Giulietta Cloverleaf’s 1.7-litre, delivering around 150bhp.
Alfa is also reported to be working on a new chassis with weight-saving technology, so the car should tip the scales at less than 1,000kg – that’s over 100kg less than the current MX-5.