It'll have the same engine as the Fiat 500 Abarth.
It could have been a fairly simple operation. All Alfa Romeo needed to do is restyle the next generation Mazda MX-5, slap that "Spider" badge on it, and call it day. It would still sell well. But no, Alfa Romeo is doing this car right. We’ve known for some time now that a new Alfa Spider was in the works, and that it’d be underpinned by the rear-wheel-drive platform of the next MX-5. Both cars will actually be built side-by-side at the Mazda factory in Hiroshima, Japan.
However, Alfa will forgo whatever engine Mazda plans on using. Instead, it’s now being reported that a 1.4-liter turbocharged four, the very same engine that powers the Fiat 500 Abarth and Dodge Dart, will power the new Spider. No word just yet regarding transmission options but we do know this engine is capable of producing 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque in the Dart. More than likely, output will be further boosted for the new Alfa. An official launch date also hasn’t been confirmed, but we know it won’t come until sometime after the new MX-5 launches next year.