A historic masterpiece from the Italian major, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider was officially revealed at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Making a grand comeback from the pages of history, the new 124 Spider brings back the Italian roadster that Fiat prodcuced over 50 years ago but with a lot of modern elements, new features and more power, but the same stunning Italian design. While we wipe the drool of our face, here are the things that you should know about the little new roadster.
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider convertible has been designed at Centro Stile in Turin, Italy with the classic touch from the past and advanced features from the future. The interesting part also lies with the fact that underneath those beautiful lines resides a Mazda Miata, one of the most famous roadsters of modern times. Power on the 124 Spider is attributed to a 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo petrol four-cylinder engine that churns out a decent 160 HP and 250 Nm of torque. The little Italian is rear-wheel drive with power sent to the rear wheels via a 6ix-speed automatic or manual transmission options. We prefer the latter though.
Fiat has made remarkable changes with its lightweight frame, steering and suspensions, balanced weight distribution and Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH) levels with an acoustic front windshield and insulation treatments to offer a pleasurable ride. Technologically, the Italian giant has adopted a double-wishbone suspension on the 124 Spider at the front and a multi-link for the rear and has particularly tuned the same for better stability, especially while braking and turning. The steering wheel uses an electric power assist system that makes it lighter and offers superior response.
The new Fiat 124 Spider does come with some good number of safety features like a high-strength body, Blind-spot Monitoring system, Adaptive front headlamps, ParkView rear backup camera and Rear Cross Path detection system. For the fun on the inside, passengers are entertained with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with the Fiat Connect 7.0, Bluetooth connectivity, heated seats and multimedia control system.
With the number 124 on the convertible, Fiat has plans to launch the first 124 cars as Special edition units named as ‘Prima Edizione Lusso’, and all units will be finished in the eye-grabbing blue shade with the seats upholstered in premium leather. Also, each car will hold a commemorative badge that will represent the car number of the lot. Pretty exclusive, eh! Now go back up and check out the jaw dropping images of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider similar to what we are doing right now.