When Mazda released the new MX-5 they also stated that the car was built in cooperation with Fiat which meant that the Italian manufacturer was most likely going to built its own version of the car. Well, at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider has been released, a car with an iconic name and with a lot of cool features to it. While it does share the same platform as the MX-5, the Fiat is actually quite a bit longer and slightly wider than the Mazda, all while being similarly tall. This is because it features a drastically different design and a new engine.
Release Date And Price
The platform is still the same rear wheel drive one as before which makes it one of the only rear wheel drive Fiat cars made. The price is still unknown at this point but when it will be offered on the market in the second half of 2016, we expect it to be around $5,000 more than the base MX-5.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider Engine
Engine wise, instead of the 1.6 or 2 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 engines of the Mazda, Fiat went for its own engine, a 1.4 liter MultiAir turbocharged inline 4 which is also found on the Abarth 500. This engine makes 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque which is actually quite a bit more than the 2 liter MX-5. In order to make use of all that power, it features a different rear axle ration and a slightly longer 6 speed manual gearbox. This means that the acceleration times are similar to those of the MX-5 but the top speed is considerably higher. The automatic gearbox on the other hand is the same as the one found on the MX-5 and it is there for those who want an easy to drive cabriolet.
The design of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is very close to perfection in our eyes. They managed to add a few inches of length and keep the design perfectly balanced. The car actually looks like a modern-retro sculpture with big round headlights, an aggressive looking grille and a back end which we swear is the one on the SRT Viper! As standard it comes with 17 inch wheels and a small boot spoiler.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider Interior
The interior is a bit less impressive because it is the same as the one found on the MX-5. This means that it gets the same minimalistic design and the same equipment level. The only differences between the two being that the 124 comes with a different badge on the steering wheel and slightly different upholstery on the seats.