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Christopher Bruce2012-07-12 13:46:25

Next Gen Alfa Roadster Possibly Returning to Duetto Name

The Duetto was the name of the original Alfa Romeo Spider

More details are coming out about the forthcoming next generation Alfa RomeoAlfa RomeoAlfa RomeoItaly, 1910 > present108 models
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roadster that will be sharing a platform with the next generation Mazda MX-5MX-5Mazda MX-5Japan, 1989 > present4 series
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Apparently, MazdaMazdaMazdaJapan, 1920 > present80 models
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execs have been visiting Fiat'sFiatFiatItaly, 1899 > present159 models
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factory in Turin that has some available production capacity that might be used for the new model. Reports are also indicating that Alfa Romeo may return to the Duetto1600 Spider DuettoAlfa Romeo 1600 Spider Du...Italy, 1966 > present4 photos
name for the car. 

It appears that although the two cars will share a platform, they will use different engines. The Alfa Romeo will use a turbocharged 1750cc engine with a short stroke and wide bore with about 250hp and either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The Mazda version still appears to be using one of their new Skyactiv engines. 

The platform will use a large amount of high-strength steel and an all aluminum suspension. That should give the car a total curb weight around 2,300lbs (1043kg).

If half of these rumors turn out to be true, the next generation Miata and Alfa Romeo Duetto are going to be world-class sports cars. Hopefully, the use of all of the cutting-edge materials will not raise the price too much. 

Source: Car and Driver 

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