Almost 50 years since the original was introduced, the Fiat 124 Spider is back! True to its celebrated nameplate, the all-new Fiat 124 Spider brings classic Italian styling and pure driving pleasure to a new generation. The new car brings a powerful turbo-charged petrol engine, sophisticated suspension and a traditional rear-wheel drive layout.
Designed at Centro Stile in Turin, Italy, the new Fiat 124 Spider takes its inspiration from the 1966 original, not only in terms of its proportions and stance but also in terms of its detailing. A horizontal line emerges from the front wing, kicking up over the rear haunch and flowing toward the tail lamp, aping the distinctive bodywork of the original car, while the style and position of the LED headlamps, and the hexagonal upper grille, both draw heavily from the details of the classic roadster.
The bonnet of the new sports car also emulates the twin domes of the Fiat 124 Spider while the rear view is defined by two main features. An integrated rear spoiler enhances the aerodynamic performance, while twin exhaust outlets underline the performance capability.
The interior mixes Italian style with the classic ingredients of a driver-focussed roadster. The low-slung seats are comprised of a lightweight structure, aligning the driver with the steering wheel, pedals and gear-shifter. Of course, the Fiat 124 Spider is more than an exercise in nostalgia, under the bonnet lies Fiat’s 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo engine producing 160hp and 184lb/ft of torque, driving the rear wheels for the first time via a lightweight, quick-shifting six-speed manual transmission.
Fiat will launch the 124 Spider next summer, and the first 124 examples will be offered in a limited-edition Prima Edizione Lusso trim, with individually numbered badges. Those first samples will be available in a unique Azzurro Italia (blue) paint.
Fiat hasn’t announced pricing on the 124 Spider just yet, but judging by the spec sheet and option list, we anticipate the car will be positioned as a slightly-more-upscale variant to the $25,000-and-up Miata.