• Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider Could Return As A Tesla-Fighting Electric Roadster

Reviving the Duetto Spider is just the first in a long list of all-electric cars

Launched in 1966 and produced for 28 years, the Alfa Romeo Spider was one of the company’s best sold models. It was designed by Pininfarina and was the last rear wheel drive Alfa Romeo before the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione arrived in 2007. The model was supposed to make a comeback in 2015, but instead, FCA (at that time) decided to use the Mazda MX-5 platform to design the Fiat 124 Spider. Now a bad decision if you ask us since the 124 Spider ended up being a total fiasco.

Revival of the Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider

Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider Could Return As A Tesla-Fighting Electric Roadster
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But now that Alfa Romeo has learned from its mistakes, and it actually sells higher-volume models - think at the Giulia and the Stelvio - a successor for the Duetto Spider is back on the cards. The only problem is that it may not appeal to the masses. Yes, the Spider is making a comeback, but it won’t be until after at least one new SUV will be launched, and also, the new model will be fully electric.

When asked by AutoExpress how many models does Alfa Romeo need, before even considering bringing back the Spider, Alfa Romeo’s CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato said: "Five. In fact, let me rephrase the point. It’s like asking how long do we need to do the job? And the answer is five years." He confirmed that after the Tonale, probably sometime in 2023, a new B-segment crossover to take on models like the Audi Q2 will follow. There will also be a bigger SUV that will take on BMW X5 - probably sometime in 2024.

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As for the return of the Spider, we will probably get our first details between 2025 and 2026. In fact, Imparato said in a previous statement that a fully electric super-performing car should arrive in 2025, and it is very possible that he was referring to the relaunch of the Duetto Spider. After this point, all the cars launched by Alfa Romeo will be electric.

As for the car itself, it will most likely be built on Stellantis’s forthcoming pure-electric architecture - named STLA - that will be used for a total of 14 electric models coming from the parent company. We are looking at a trio of platforms, in fact, but for the Spider, Alfa Romeo will most likely avoid the smallest one and will focus on the Medium and Large, with the Medium one having the better chance. It can support vehicles to as long as 4.3 meters and will offer battery sizes between 87kWh and 104kWh. The future Duetto will have one electric motor on each axle, with each of them delivering between 168 to 241 horsepower.

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We expect to hear more about the Duetto Spider in the next few months, right around the same time the company details the rest of its future models, including the successors for the Giulia and the Stelvio.

Source: AutoExpress

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