Thursday, February 13, 2014

Full Circle?

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.

1 comment:

Wannabe Hotshoe said...

The white car? Exactly like my Uncle's. Used it to pick up my high school girlfriend for a pool party at his house. Great car for the cul-de-sacs in her neighborhood. Took her home in Uncle's '65 289 3-speed Mustang fastback. No as good on the cul-de-sacs as the Alfa. Hello, State Farm?

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