Alfa teams up with Mazda for new roadster

Alfa Romeo, the sporty Italian car maker, already plans to build the stunning Alfa Romeo 4C sports car but a new MX-5-based model will be convertible model in the style of the classic British roadster.

The Mazda MX-5 is the world’s most popular two-seat sports car. Built using a lightweight philosophy and an emphasis on handling and driving fun, it has sat at the top of the sales charts for over 20 years.

The rear-wheel drive roadster will be the basis for a next generation Mazda MX-5 and the as-yet-unnamed Alfa Romeo roadster and is expected to go into production in 2015.

Alfa Romeo CEO Sergio Marchionne said: “By partnering with Mazda, we will be co-operating with the recognised leader in compact rear-drive vehicle architectures in order to deliver an exciting and stylish roadster in the Alfa Romeo tradition.”

Both the Mazda and Alfa Romeo roadster models will use different engines with the Mazda expected to make use of the frugal Skyactiv petrol and diesel units seen on the new Mazda CX-5 compact SUV, while Alfa Romeo is expected to use MultiAir and MultiJet engines seen on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback.

Key to the success of the new roadsters will be price. Alongside a lightweight build, the Mazda MX-5 is also popular because of its affordable cost to UK motorists.

Mazda MX-5 prices start from £17,995 for soft-top versions. Hard-top Mazda MX-5 prices start from £19,995.

The current generation Mazda MX-5 is available now from Perrys Mazda of Barnsley, Perrys Mazda of Blackburn, Perrys Mazda of Huddersfield, Perrys Mazda of Portsmouth and Perrys Mazda of Preston.