2017 Fiat 124 Spider

An Italian classic 2-door convertible with iconic heritage.

  • Likes
  • Sleek styling
  • Fun to drive
  • Dislikes
  • Limited space

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Convertible CarsGAYOT'S Top 10 Best New Cars and GAYOT's Top 10 Fun-to-Drive Cars

Debuting at the LA Auto Show, the long-awaited 2017 Fiat 124 Spider seems to be more than just a rebadged Mazda MX-5. It features all new sheet metal with a design that is a clear homage to the original Fiat 124 Spider from fifty years ago. Round headlights and a pronounced character line, along with a more upright grille, distinguish the Fiat from its more sharklike Mazda sibling. The Fiat roadster’s proportions are classic, with the hood long and the deck short, and it looks like the 2017 124 Spider will be strictly a two-seater.

The Fiat 124 Spider does share the 2016 Miata’s chassis, including the suspension, frame and steering gear, but the Fiat gets a totally different engine and transmission, and that should change the character of the roadster quite a bit.

Expect to see a version of Fiat Chrysler’s 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 160 horsepower. If the Fiat Spider’s weight is anywhere near that of the Mazda, it should prove to be the quicker of the two. At any rate, with the same engine as the Fiat 500 Abarth, the 124 Spider will definitely sound unique, with a soundtrack much sportier and more Italian car-like than the melodious but sedate Miata.

The interior of the Fiat 124 Spider is much like that of the Miata. Obvious badge-engineering here, but we suspect nobody will complain, since the 2016 Miata has one of the simplest, most driver-focused cabins of any production car.

Scheduled to go on sale in the US this summer, prices should be near that of upper-trim level MX-5s.

Warranty/Service: 4 year/50,000 miles basic warranty, 4 year/ 50,000 miles powertrain warranty

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Specs

Base Price: $26,500

  • 26 / 35 mpg
  • EPA
  • 6 sec
  • 0-60
  • 160 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 130 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: Turbocharged MultiAir 1.4-liter engine
  • Horsepower: 160 hp
  • Torque: 184 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Curb Weight: 2,450 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 90.9 in
  • Length: 159.6 in
  • Width: 68.5 in
  • Height: 48.5 in
  • Brakes: Anti-lock brake system (ABS)
  • Suspension: Double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension
  • Traction: Traction Control
  • 0-60 mph: 6 sec
  • Top Speed: 130 mph
  • EPA City: 26 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 35 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 30 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 2
  • Safety: Front seat-belt pretensioners, Electronic stability control, Electronic brake-force distribution, Advanced multistage air bags

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