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Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider came in 2016 to pair the nimbleness and spunkiness of the 4C Coupe with the benefit of unlimited headroom. Of course, it didn’t come with its flaws, which included a weight gain of some 130 pounds thanks to structure changes required to keep the car structurally sound. It got its own look around back and even came complete with an elevated, carbon fiber roll bar behind the seats. It’s powered by a 1.75-liter four-cylinder that’s good for 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque – enough to get it to 60 mph in less than five seconds on the way to a top speed of 130 mph. Those are the fastest figures in the world, but they are fast enough for a car this size. Either way, it’s a sexy little beast, and we find it as the perfect addition to our Wallpaper of the Day Collection. Go ahead and download our hand-picked favorite or slide on down to the gallery below for more great wallpaper choices.

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Spy Shots: Mazda MX-5 and Alfa Romeo Spider Mule Laps the Nurburgring

Mazda and Alfa Romeo announced some time ago that they plan to join forces for the development of a small sports car that will replace the current MX-5 for Mazda and will revive the Spider for Alfa Romeo.

Today, we present to you the first mule of this upcoming project that we caught testing at the Nurburgring.

Both models will be built on a totally new chassis that features weight-saving technology to help reduce the total weight by about 220 pounds when compared to the current MX-5. Also, shared between the models is a new rear-wheel-drive system. Though they will be mechanically similar, the Mazda and Alfa models will look completely different from one another.

When it comes to the engine lineup, rumors suggest that the Alfa Romeo version will feature a four-cylinder, turbocharged gasoline engine with an output of about 150 horsepower. The Mazda roadster will get a 1.3-liter, turbocharged powerplant featuring SkyActiv technology and the same 150 horsepower.

It is unclear as to when the two models will hit the market, but rumors point toward the Mazda version will hit the market first with the Alfa Romeo version coming 6 to 12 months later.

Click past the jump to learn more about this MX-5 - Spider mule.

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1994 Alfa Romeo Zagato Roadster by Vilner

1994 Alfa Romeo Zagato Roadster by Vilner

Bulgarian tuner, Vilner, is one of those aftermarket companies that rarely follows conformity. That’s a good thing because, in terms of being unique and against the grain, it’s one of the best in the business.

So it’s not surprising that its latest program is for a sports car that’s about 20 years old: the legendary Alfa Romeo Zagato Roadster.

The two-seat convertible was produced from 1992 until 1994 with only 284 of the 350 planned units being realized. So yeah, when it comes to Alfa Romeo exclusivity, the Zagato Roadster is head and shoulders above the rest.

In order to restore the limited edition sports car back to its shiny opulence, Vilner fully serviced the sports car, cleaning and restoring the car’s body, chassis and engine. The body of the Zagato Roadster was first dressed in a red matte finish, a shade that pays homage to Alfa Romeo’s sister brand, Ferrari.

From there, Vilner replaced all the seals that needed replacing while also creating a new hood for the sports car. Equally important was the work the Bulgarian tuner did on the sports car’s interior, rebuilding and equipping the cabin with a new dashboard, center console, steering wheel, door panels and floor mats. Even the seats were restored to their former glory, which goes to show the lengths Vilner went to bring back the iconic sports car.

Under its hood, the Zagato Roadster comes powered with a restored stock 3.0-liter V-6 engine that produces 210 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 181 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm.

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2014 Alfa Romeo 4C Roadster

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C Roadster

The new Alfa Romeo 4C was officially unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but only in its coupe version. However, officials from the Italian company have already confirmed that the 4C will also be offered in roadster, Racing and Stradale versions. All four versions, including the coupe, will be limited to only 2,000 units.

The roadster version will be the first to arrive and its official debut likely won’t happen until September, at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but until then, we have created a pretty cool rendering that might help you imagine how it will look.

As no surprise, it will borrow everything from the coupe version, except the soft-top that can be opened and close in just a few of seconds.

Just like with the coupe, the roadster version will feature a carbon-fiber body, combined with a frame made of a hybrid of steel and aluminum. Total weight will be kept at the same 850 kg (1,873 pounds) area, meaning the roadster version will deliver pretty much the same performance figures.

Under the hood, the roadster will keep the same four-cylinder 1,750 cc turbocharged engine that will deliver a total of 200 horsepower and will be mated to an innovative Alfa TCT automatic twin-dry-clutch transmission that ships power to the rear wheels.

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Official: Mazda and Alfa Romeo Ink a Deal to Share a Roadster Platform

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.

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Alfa Romeo will relaunch on the US market with four new models

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.

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Industry Whispers: Revised MX-5 Miata to Get More Power, Options, and Less Bulk

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.

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New Details on the Alfa Romeo Spyder Rival that of the Mazda MX-5

Alfa Romeo has been rumored to be working on a new SUV for the 2013 model year, but since going big isn’t exactly the trend anymore, new rumors have surfaced that the Italian automaker is developing a small roadster. The new Alfa Romeo Spider is being considered a successor for the Brera Spider that was produced between 2006 and 2010 and is rumored to be priced at around $40K. When it debuts, it will be ready to take on the likes of the Mazda MX-5.

Alfa Romeo’s focus with Spyder is to develop a vehicle with a minimal total weight and compact dimensions. It will be built on a totally new chassis that will feature weight-saving technologies to help it weigh less than 2200 lbs, or about 220 lbs lighter than the current MX-5. For the engine, Alfa Romeo has borrowed a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit, detuned to a total of 150 HP.

The Alfa Romeo Spider will be offered on the US market, along with the 4C and the 159, an obvious move considering the Spider’s previous success on our side of the pond.

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2014 Alfa Romeo Spider

2014 Alfa Romeo Spider

Alfa Romeo stopped production of their Spider model in 2010, but a leaked internal document has revealed that the Spider will be headed back intot he scene in 2014. The new Spider will be one of the models Alfa Romeo will offer as part of their return to the US market, an obvious move considering the Spider’s previous success on our side of the pond.

The 2014 Alfa Romeo Spider will take its design inspiration from the 2uettottanta revealed by Pininfarina at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. However, unlike the 2uettottanta Concept, the production version Spider will have to adopt a more "road-going" design language. This will include the addition of bigger and higher headlamps with LED lights, as opposed to the previously used in the concept. Larger air intakes will also be added, among other things.

As for the engine options, Alfa Romeo may choose to use a four-cylinder turbocharged engine featuring Multi-Air infusion system with direct injection. There are also rumors stating that the next Spider may get a V-6 twin-turbo engine.

The previous Spider has been long criticized for its non-sporty appearance, but the new model will solve that problem, becoming a very serious competitor for models like the BMW Z4 and the Mercedes-Benz SLK.

UPDATE 11/18/2011: According to Auto Express, the long-rumored two-seater Alfa Romeo sports car will have one model in its sights when the car finally hits production: the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Seeing as the MX-5 is considered the holy grail of two-seater sports cars, Alfa Romeo definitely has its work cut out for them if they hope to even get a sniff of the rarefied air the MX-5 enjoys.

Alfa Romeo’s focus with Spyder is to develop a vehicle with a minimal total weight and compact dimensions. It will be built on a totally new chassis that will feature weight-saving technologies to help it weigh less than 2200 lbs, or about 220 lbs lighter than the current MX-5. For the engine, Alfa Romeo has borrowed a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit, detuned to a total of 150 HP.

The new Spyder is rumored to be priced at around $40K.

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2011 Alfa Romeo 8C Spider by Novitec

2011 Alfa Romeo 8C Spider by Novitec

A lot of us have tuning companies that we like to call our favorites, or at least one of our favorites. Some of you might share different opinions, but in our case, one that stands on top is Novitec Rosso. The German tuning company has not been shy in building fabulous works in the past, and to their credit, they never rest on their laurels. Their latest piece of work is proof of that fact.

Using anAlfa Romeo 8C Spider, Novitec Rosso gave the fastest and most powerful Alfa Romeo even more reason to be feared, thanks to a new supercharger system and a stainless-steel exhaust system that takes the output of the Italian supercar from its stock 450 horsepower all the way up to 600 horsepower. The power upgrade translates to new performance numbers for the 8C Spider, particularly a new 0-62 mph time of just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 189 mph.

On top of the supercharger and the exhaust system, Novitec Rosso also gave the 8C Spider a new water-to-air intercooler, a custom injector, and a set of 21” and 22” alloy wheels. All told, the whole package for the 8C Spider comes out at 19,900 Euros, which is about $29,400 based on current exchange rates.

Not bad for an upgrade of an Alfa Romeo 8C Spider.

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Rendering: Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Spider

Rendering: Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Spider

The Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept certainly proved to be one heck of a model after its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, and the fact that Alfa Romeo already confirmed its production in 2012 was just music to our ears. What’s makes this bit of news even more entertaining is that Alfa is also planning a Spyder version of the 4C GTA, which is set to be revealed in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. If feedback is as positive for the Spyder as it was for the original concept, then the rendering provided may just be what it will look like.

As a reminder, the 4C GTA concept is powered by a 4-cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol engine that delivers an impressive 200 HP and is mated to an automatic twin dry clutch transmission. With this type of power sitting under the hood, the concept will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 155mph. The coupe version weighs only 1,800 pounds, but the Spyder version will be a tad heavier due to the addition of the roof.

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Are you the Alfa Romeo 4C GTA?

Are you the Alfa Romeo 4C GTA?

Dutch web page, Autojunk, has posted a suspicious little spy video of a new car that is believed to be the Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept set to be revealed in just a couple of weeks at the Geneva Motor Show. All we’ve seen on the concept so far is a teaser image provided by Alfa Romeo, but if we can believe what we see in this video, then it looks like the 4C will definitely be borrowing some elements from its bigger brother, the 8C Competizione.

The Alfa Romeo 4C will be offered in both GTA and Spider versions, and recent rumors suggest that the GTA 4C Concept will be built on the same platform as the KTM X-BOW. A four-cylinder TBi 1750 petrol engine tuned to deliver around 265 HP is also said to be fitted underneath the hood. Of course, these are all speculations at the moment, but the truth will be set free when the sheets are peeled away from the Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept on March 3rd, 2011.

In the meantime, check out Autojunk’s spy video and let us know if you think it’s real or not!

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