Fiat have announced a return of the 124 Spider at the LA Motor Show, almost 50 years since its predecessor was launched.
Just like what Fiat did with the 500, the Italian car make have taken inspiration from their original 1966 124 Spider. The bonnet has similar twin ‘humps’ along with hexagonal grille and horizontal rear lights.
It’s easily recognisable that Fiat are directly rivaling the Mazda MX-5. In fact the 124 Spider will be made in the same factory as the MX-5 and even similarities can be seen with the current MX-5.
Fiat has paired the new 124 with a 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo engine producing 140hp and 240Nm of torque to the rear wheels. A quick-shifting six-speed manual transmission will pair the MultiAir engine which Fiat claim will maintain “responsive characteristics across the rev range while lowering fuel consumption under low or medium load.”
The engine is positioned nearer the centre of the car to improve handling. Tuned suspension and steering makes sure the car has good ride quality with the roof up or down.
The Fiat 124 Spider will go on sale in the UK next year in the summer. Pricing and finalisation of specification are to be announced.