Friday, November 21, 2014
Um... Not So Much...
About a year ago, I posted that the interwebs said that the new Miata-based Alfa Romeo roadster (a design partnership) was a go: both firms had green-lighted the car. It would have a Miata interior unibody structure and suspension, but an Alfa engine/transmission and the gorgeous PininFarina body shown above. Or maybe a slightly uglier PininFarina skin that was crash-test compliant. The best of Italy and Japan, blended seamlessly--a potentially great small-bore sports car. In my heart, as Monty Python & The Holy Grail puts it, "there was much rejoicing."
Now comes the Killboy.com photo above of (as he says) "the new Miata-based Alfa" being tested on the Dragon. I hope the Miata skin is a complete disguise. If Alfa is going to charge a hefty price premium for its badge and heritage, the car needs to look a lot more like the top picture than the bottom one. And have north of 200 horsepower. And sound like an Alfa. As long as I'm writing a specification, let's have a Torsen l.s.d. and a manual box. Let's have some Italian flair with our Japanese refinement.