Thursday, February 13, 2014
Speaking of Miata-based cars (previous post), the new Alfa Romeo Spider looks to be close to final pre-production specification.
This is the joint Mazda-Alfa project in which the basic architecture and power train of the next MX-5 is tweaked and re-skinned as an Alfa. Presumably, if the MX-5/Miata remains a $25-30K car, the Alfa will come in at $35-45K. Hopefully with some Italian style and engine/suspension upgrades to Veloce-ness.
That's a lot of money for a car similar to a Miata or a Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ. For that matter, it's the same or more money as a Mustang 5.0 V-8. But then, that's about where the Spider was priced 50 years ago compared to an MGB or a Mustang. The old Spider was a great driver's car, a few notches above the B. Let's hope the new one is a few notches above the Miata. We could do with some Italian flair in the mid-priced rear-driver market segment.