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While Fiat has yet to confirm performance figures, sources suggest that the 0-62mph time could well match that of the more powerful 2.0-litre MX-5 (7.3sec), since the 124 Spider trumps that car’s torque but is said to match the kerbweight of the lighter 1.5-litre Mazda.


The Fiat 124 Spider is a new rear-wheel drive, two-door, two-seat sports vehicle which is based on the Mazda MX-5. Fiat says that positioning the engine far back in the engine bay has improved the car’s handling. Paying homage to the original 124 Spider almost 50 years after its introduction, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider delivers the ultimate Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology and safety combined with iconic Italian design. Under its hood is FCA’s familiar turbocharged, 1.4L four-cylinder engine that develops 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. And so here we are, the much discussed, long awaited Fiat 124 Spider. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. The rear-drive, two-passenger 124 Spider also gets its own powertrain. Those who want an “MX-5 Turbo” might have found their answer in the 124 Spider. The Fiat 124 Spider has now gone official with a debut at the LA Auto Show and it does pack more power, but only a tiny bit. The Fiat 124 runs a double-wishbone front suspension and a multi-link rear arrangement. The 124 Spider has a timeless low-slung presence, with a classically attractive bodyside, well-balanced proportions and a sporty cabin-to-hood ratio. The interior is crafted and created to focus on the occupants, with premium soft-touch materials throughout. A Bose stereo upgrade will also be available. It’s affordable, fun and cute and makes the ideal starting point for a new auto from Fiat – step forward the new Fiat 124 Spider. Fiat’s first 124 units in SA will carry the limited-edition Prima Edizione Lusso moniker and will come nicely fitted with an individually numbered commemorative badge and the exclusive Azzurro Italia (Blue) exterior hue. 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is a Mazda MX-5 with Italian flair

We can’t wait to road test this car…

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