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Alfa Romeo Spider

For nearly six month now, there have been rumors that Mazda and Alfa Romeo were working on a deal that would have the next-gen MX-5 Miata and the upcoming Alfa Romeo roadster share a platform. Well, the ink has now reached the signature line on an official agreement between the two to co-develop a two-seat roadster. Both models will be built at Mazda’s Hiroshima plant starting 2015.

Both models will be offered in a rear-wheel-drive configuration, but each one will feature engines developed in-house. The next MX-5 for example is rumored to be powered by a 1.3-liter turbocharged unit featuring SkyActiv technology, while the next Alfa Romeo Spyder is rumored to be powered by a turbocharged 1750 cc engine capable of developing an impressive 296 horsepower. Other rumors suggest a 1.4TB engine with an output of 168 horsepower.

While we know for sure that the next Mazda will keep the usual MX-5 nomenclature, for Alfa Romeo things aren’t very sure at this point, but it has been rumored that the company plans to bring back the legendary Spyder name.

Source: AutoCar

We have all been patiently awaiting more information on the spiritual successor to the 8C Competizione, the Alfa Romeo 4C, but Alfa has kept its information pretty close to its vest. Finally, after much speculation and wondering as to whether this much-anticipated model would ever actually see the light of day, it has been confirmed. Well, sort of.

Alfa has released an image that announces that the “Car to end all cars is nigh,” which we can only assume points to the 4C’s official release. The image also alludes to the fact that this new ride will roll into showrooms sometime in 2013, so the wait will soon be over!

Now, the question remains whether the 4C will make its debut before June and be a 2013 model year in the U.S., or will it arrive a little later as a 2014 model year. There are many more questions surrounding the 4C as well, like what engine will it feature? The concept model featured a relatively modest, yet powerful enough, 1,750 cc four-banger and we wouldn’t be surprised to see this 200-plus-horsepower powerplant make its way to production.

We’ll keep you updated on its exact debut date once Alfa releases it from its cold, dead fingers… Yeah, Alfa Romeo has no issue keeping secrets.

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When a car is in its testing stages, most engineers will push it to the limits of survival, be it the icy cold terrain, the unbearing heat of Death Valley or the sharp corners at The Ring. They do it for a living. So they’re, what we call, "lucky"...

But not all tests can yield perfect tests. Like this Alfa Romeo 4C in the video above, for instance.

Most sportscars don’t really cooperate well under harsh weather conditions and slippery roads. This video proves just about that.

Thanks to the not-so-good traction on the road, the Italian sportscar had skidded and landed into a ditch by the side of the road- that’s what we assume- and looks like it is in need of a tow. Luckily, the engineers had a another car during the test.

Unluckily, that car was a prototype of what looks like a Maserati Ghibli, a car not exactly your everyday towing vehicle.

With the Alfa Romeo 4C production version launch delayed, Alfa can’t stand another setback like this. And neither do the handful of fans they have.

Alfa Romeo 4C

Now that we have official confirmation that Alfa Romeo is set to return to the U.S. market, it’s time to focus a little bit on the models they are going to offer here. One of the U.S. models will be the much-anticipated 4C sports coupe and today we have our rendering of the 4C for you.

The upcoming 4C will be built on an all-new mid-engine platform, and will use plenty of aluminum and carbon fiber in an attempt to keep the weight below 2,000 pounds. Under the hood, Alfa Romeo will place a 1.7-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that will deliver a total of 250 horsepower and mate to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It is anticipated to hit 60 mph in less than 5 seconds and feature an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

The model will go on sale in 2014 and prices will start from about $45K.

Alfa Romeo SUV

Alfa Romeo is preparing to make an impressive comeback to the US market with four new models. One of them is the company’s long rumored compact crossover SUV . The model - unnamed, but rumored to be called CXover - will be built on the same platform as the next generation Jeep Liberty and will target models like the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 .

Alfa Romeo will offer both front-drive and all-wheel drive variants, and a full engine line-up including a 1750 TC GDI that delivers 200 HP, a 2.0-liter JTDm diesel unit with 140 HP, and a 3.3 liter variant of Chrysler’s Pentastar V6 engine that delivers a total of 275 HP. It has also been rumored that a new 9-speed automatic transmission will find its way into the new SUV.

Expect to see the new Alfa Romeo SUV launched sometime in 2013, more than likely at the Geneva Motor Show.

Alfa Romeo Spider

Everyone is expecting Alfa Romeo ’s long-rumored return to the US market in 2014 after almost 20 years of absence. This return is part of a large revamping of the brand and its alliances with Fiat, Chrysler, and Mazda. Now, we’re learning that this comeback with bring four new models to the U.S.

The first will be the new Giulia sedan - Alfa’s competitor for models like the Audi A4. The upcoming Giulia will be built in the USA so it will share most of its components with the upcoming Chrysler 200, including the Pentastar V-6 engine.

Next, there will be the long rumored compact crossover SUV that will be built on the same platform as the upcoming Jeep Compass. The model will be manufactured alongside the Jeep in Belvidere and will be offered exclusively with Chrysler engines.

The third stop on Alfa Romeo’s return to the U.S. will be the most important one in many people’s eyes: the 4C Coupe and Roadster . The 4C will arrive in the US one year after the Giulia and will be powered by a 1.8 liter turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 296 HP.

The final model that will grace U.S. soil is the rear-wheel-drive Duetto sports car. If this name doesn’t ring a bell, don’t worry, many know it as the Spider . This new sports car will be built in Japan and will share its chassis with the next-generation Mazda Miata. The upcoming Duetto will be powered by a longitudinally mounted turbocharged 1.8-liter engine delivering about 170 HP.

Source: CarAndDriver

The first "major" Alfa Romeo debut announced for the 2012 Paris Auto Show is the limited edition MiTo SBK. Only 200 units will be produced, all of which will go on sale by the end of the year.

The special edition MiTo will be offered in two exterior colors - Black and Alfa Red - which will then be combined with three roof shades - black, Alfa red and the new Cristallo white. The new SBK edition will be distinguished by special side skirts, a rear dam, and special 18" titanium alloy rims combined with Brembo brake calipers. The list of standard equipment includes a sporty aluminum pedal unit, Cruise Control, dual zone climate control system, and Blue&Me system.

The new Alfa Romeo MiTo SBK Limited Edition will be powered by the most powerful engine from the entire MiTo line-up: a 1.4 Turbo MultiAir that delivers an impressive 170 HP. This engine will not only sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 7 seconds, but will also deliver an impressive fuel consumption of just 4.8 liter/100 kilometers. The model will also be fitted with the "Alfa Active Suspension" - a system that reduces oscillation of the car body in all driving conditions.

Mazda MX-5

We already know that Mazda and Alfa Romeo are in bed together on the MX-5 Miata /Alfa Romeo Spider project, but the specifics were still a relative unknown. A little bird, in the form of a senior design source, flew down and chirped a little info to our friends at What Car. We cannot vouch for the validity of this info, but we’re going to pass it on to you.

First up, the engine... According to this unnamed source, Mazda has chosen an engine already and it is a 1.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. It pumps out a healthy 200 horsepower, which is 22 horsepower more than the 2004 and 2005 Mazdaspeed MX-5 produced and 33 horsepower more than the current model . We’re also certain that we’ll see torque cresting the 200 pound-feet mark, though there was no mention of that.

The source also reports that the MX-5 will hit showrooms in 2015 with a lighter body and chassis, and a sportier look than the current model. The estimated weight the source gave was 1,000 kg (2,204 lbs), which is 276 lbs less than the 2012 model. In a car as small as the Miata, that is significant weight loss, to say the least.

There is also talk that Mazda will offer its roadster up with many more options that will help give the car more of a personality. This will help form a stronger bond between the person and the car. Typically, Miata owners already have this bond with their car, but a little extra something can’t hurt.

Lastly, there will be a top-end model, similar to the Mazdaspeed version in 2004 and 2005, that will be even lighter yet and more tuned for racing, as it will be stripped of unnecessary add-on features to save every ounce.

There was one bit of info on the project altogether and it is that Mazda will only provide the platform (chassis, uni-body, and drivetrain); Alfa Romeo will add on its own body and interior. So scratch the evil idea that we’ll have two almost identical cars.

We’ll keep an eye out for more whispers as this project continues.

Source: What Car?
Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept

Of all the upcoming sports cars that are scheduled to be released in the coming year, the Alfa Romeo 4C probably tops our list as one of our most eagerly anticipated releases. But even with the coupe not scheduled to make its debut until next year, a source has already told Autocar that Alfa Romeo is planning on building a convertible version of the 4C.

While no exact details were shared on the future of the convertible 4C, it does give indication as to the investments Alfa Romeo is putting on the model, which is being touted as the brand’s halo model that will spearhead Alfa’s reinvention as a company.

The coupe version of the 4C is powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 296 horsepower. The convertible model will likely carry the same powertrain, although a few modifications to the car’s body will most likely be in order. Of note is the roof mechanism that will most likely be installed, which could add some weight to the car.

Rest assured, more details will follow as soon as new information becomes available.

Source: Autocar
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Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept

Top Gear continually goes on about the fact that unless you’ve owned an Alfa Romeo, you cannot call yourself a true automotive enthusiast. We respectfully disagree with them on this issue despite the fact that Alfa’s certainly have a lot of character. Unfortunately that character has been missing from the U.S. for the past few years as no Alfa’s are currently on sale in America, with the obvious exception of a few second-hand cars popping up here and there.

The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione was the last Alfa on the market, but the 4C coupe first revealed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show is set to be the latest car from the Italian firm to hit the U.S. market and if Autocar is to be believed, the 4C may hit the production line before it was expected.

The Alfa Romeo 4C was initially reported to hit the U.S. market in production guise in 2014, but within 12 months it’s likely that the production ready version will debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. It’s not yet known why the 4C may be hitting our shores before previously expected, but it’s likely that the recent announcement that Maserati will be constructing the 4C could speed up the production process.

If a debut in one year’s time does turn out to be true, then it’s highly possible that Alfa is currently finishing the minor details on the car as it could be previewed privately before the end of the year, although nothing has been confirmed thus far.

Source: Autocar

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