Recent rumors suggested that Alfa Romeo struck a deal with Mazda to cooperatively build a compact rear-wheel drive sports roadster, which would take form as the Alfa Romeo Spider and the Mazda MX-5 Miata.
But according to Autobild in Germany, the new Spider will be based off of Fiat’s own new rear-wheel drive platform rather than a joint project with Mazda. The new Spider is expected to be lightweight and launched in 2016.
The rear-wheel drive platform is rumored to be called Giorgio and will be modular, offering Fiat with flexibility in its use. The platform may also serve as a starting point for many future Alfa models such as the 2017 Giulia, two new crossovers supposedly due in 2017 and 2018, and maybe more. It could possibly even underpin the next generation Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger/Challenger.