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2017 FIAT 124 SpiderClassica 2dr Convertible

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A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and this one works as brilliantly in the Italian job as the six-speed unit found in the Mazda. Shifts are short and precise, and the engine is alert enough to make rev-matching a joy.
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The 124 Spider has returned to the FIAT line-up for the first time since 1985 when the last generation ended its production run. The 124 Spider looks to add driving excitement and iconic Italian design to the FIAT North America family of small cars.

The two-seat, rear-wheel drive 124 Spider roadster is powered by a turbocharged MultiAir 160-hp (164-hp in the Abarth) 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. In classic Italian flair, the trim names are Classica, Lusso and Elaborazione Abarth, and each are available with unique features and design elements to set them apart. All trims are standard with power windows and mirrors, cloth top, aluminum wheels, cruise control, keyless entry, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, leather steering wheel and leather shift knob. The Lusso adds auto headlamps, fog lamps, rain-sensing wipers, 17-inch aluminum wheels, auto climate control, leather seating and a 7-inch touchscreen audio system. The Abarth ups the sportiness with a performance suspension, sport steering wheel, a limited slip differential and sport fascias.

The FIAT 124 Spider is all-new for 2017.

Introduction

The proportions are classic and so is the name, which conjures up memories of the sweet little roadster that graced Fiat showrooms from 1966 to 1982, and later reappeared as the Pininfarina Spider from 1983 to 1985.

Although the 2017 Fiat 124 owes as much to Japan as it does to Italy, it's true to the spirit of the original, a two-seater with equal measures of style and sports car purity.Make that affordable sports car purity.

The Japanese part of the story comes from Mazda, the engineering source for the Fiat 124's chassis, which is shared with the MX-5 Miata.The cooperative engineering makes all kinds of financial sense for Fiat, which was saved the expense of developing its own sports car architecture from scratch.

From the point of view of the finished product, this is a very good thing.The Miata has been exemplary in terms of structure through its first three generations, and the latest chassis is not only far more rigid, it's also substantially lighter.Underway, the handling is beautifully balanced.Thus Fiat engineers were able to skip directly to suspension tuning.

The shared engineering has led some to adopt an invidious nickname for the new roadster-Fiata-but this is too glib by half.Although the platform, convertible top, and some interior elements are shared with the Miata, the sheetmetal is all Fiat, and the turbocharged 1.4-liter engine comes from the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) inventory.

Mazda Miata and Fiat 124 Spider share the same 90.9-inch wheelbase, but the Fiat is 5.5 inches longer overall than the Mazda, and fractionally wider.That shows at the scales, adding about 100 pounds to the Fiat version.A little of the added weight can be attributed to sound deadening and the Fiat's turbocharged engine, but most of it can be written down to style.

The Miata's skin fits like Spandex, while the Fiat's exhibits character lines on the side panels, a higher decklid (sheltering a slightly bigger trunk), a longer hood, with a hexagonal upper grille reminiscent of the original 124.

It adds up to a striking Italianate design, with no exterior resemblance to the Miata.Add competitive dynamics and surprisingly attractive pricing and you have a very tempting sports car proposition.

Lineup

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is available in three trim levels: Classico ($24,995); the more luxurious Lusso ($27,495); and the performance-oriented Abarth ($28,195).There is also a launch version, the Prima Edizione, consisting of the first 124 cars, collectable and probably sold out ($35,000).

As the pricing suggests, the Classico is the base model, the Lusso (automatic only) is more lavishly equipped including handsome leather seats, and the Abarth that includes Bilstein shock absorbers, limited-slip differential, sport mode that alters the engine controls for added punch, and other performance enhancements.There will also be several Mopar chassis enhancements available in the fall, as well as a high performance exhaust and turbo bypass air valve.(Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge ($995).

Walkaround

The Fiat 124 strikes an attractive balance between its revered predecessor, combining classic sports car proportions and contemporary styling trends.The hexagonal grille, headlight scoops, and hood details recall the original 124, while the strong bodyside character line, high rear deck, rear spoiler, and modern alloy wheels (16 inches on the Classico, 17 on the higher trims) are from today's design playbook.

Mazda's convertible top, easy to operate with one hand, easily secured with a single windshield header latch, transfers to the Italian job almost unchanged, which is good, since it is beyond reproach in terms of operational simplicity.However, fabric of the Fiat top is more substantial, for additional sound insulation.Also, the 124 does not adopt the Miata's new hard top option, at least not yet.

Interior

The Fiat 124 cockpit is distinguished by a Fiat instrument package, Fiat-designed inner door panels, soft touch materials, Fiat-specified cloth upholstery in the Classico version, and elegantly stitched Italian leather in higher trim levels.

And of course there is the availability of navigation and connectivity, with readouts on the little screen jutting from the top of the center dash, a la Miata.The Miata's twin rollover hoops, set behind the seats, also persist.

Although the 124 is longer than the Miata, that extra dimension doesn't affect the cockpit.It's snug, particularly on the passenger side, exactly like the Miata.FCA development engineers claim abundant room for occupants of generous vertical dimensions, but we suspect folks exceeding six feet could find themselves challenged, particularly with the top up.

On the other hand, with the top up, the 124 seems to be quieter than the Miata.Fiat's noise suppression efforts pay off quite well.

Driving Impression

What do you expect of sports car? Level cornering? Feline reflexes? Eager responses? Quick steering with laser accuracy? The car as an extension of the driver's will?

The 124 checks all the boxes, and scores a few bonus points.For example, with the top down the cockpit is fairly free of turbulence up to 80-plus miles per hour.Baseball hats stay on.Conversation is possible, albeit at voice levels well above living room decibels.With the top up, the interior is surprisingly quiet; wind noise doesn't become a real issue until speeds advance beyond legal limits.

And for all its athleticism, the 124 is reasonably supple in the ride department, at least in Classico and Lusso versions.The Abarth version was available only for an autocross, set up in a stadium parking lot, where it performed impressively but provided no real sense of what it would be like to live with day to day.

The Lusso version, our main ride during our Southern California preview, was pleasant enough, although the 6-speed automatic transmission leaves something to be desired for this sports car application.Shifting is smooth, but leisurely, and the manual function, achieved by moving the shift lever fore and aft, yields similar unhurried responses.

The 6-speed manual, which is from the Miata inventory, is far more satisfying, with crisp engagements and a sweet clutch.

Thrust from the 1.4-liter turbo, 160 horsepower (164 in the Abarth version), 184 pound-feet of torque, is respectable, and there's enough of it, particularly torque, to offset the 124's extra mass.It's the first application of this Fiat engine in a rear-wheel-drive chassis, and if it doesn't rev as enthusiastically as the Miata's naturally aspirated 1.5-liter four, there's enough low-end punch to deliver sprints that should be pretty similar to those posted by its counterpart from Hiroshima.Let's say 0-to-60 in about 6 seconds.

The bottom line: sports car fun with a welcome overlay of refinement.

Summary

The Fiat 124 Spider is a delightful sports car that will be a welcome addition to Fiat showrooms when it arrives this summer.The Miata may be a little more of an athlete, although the jury is still out on that score.But the 124 holds the edge in comfort and style.What's more important to you? Nice to have a choice, isn't it?

New Car Test Drive founding editor Tony Swan filed this report after his test drive of the Fiat 124 in Southern California.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeFixed
Digital Audio InputYes
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Memory Card SlotYes
RadioAM/FM stereo
RadioAM/FM stereo
RadioAM/FM/HD
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Colors
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Roof typeSoft top
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Dash trimMetal-look
Dash trimMetal-look
Door trimMetal-look
Door trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimLeather/metal-look
Shift knob trimLeather/metal-look
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet1
12V DC power outlet1
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Center ConsoleFull with locking storage
Convertible Wind BlockerWind blocker
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate, windows
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Remote trunk releaseMechanical
Seatback storage1
Steering wheelTilt-adjustable
Dimensions
Angle of Approach13.1 degrees
Front Head Room950 mm
Front Hip Room1,320 mm
Front Leg Room1,096 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,325 mm
Front track1,496 mm
Overall height1,232 mm
Overall Length4,054 mm
Overall Width1,740 mm
Rear track1,501 mm
Wheelbase2,309 mm
Doors
Rear door typeTrunk
Driver Seat
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Drivetrain
Axle ratio3.45
Axle ratio3.58
Driven WheelsRear-wheel
Engine
Compression Ratio9.80 : 1
Compressor TypeIntercooled turbo
Cylinders4
Displacement83 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Horse Power160 hp
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Keyless IgnitionPush button start only
Max RPM5,500 RPM
Max Torque RPM2,500 RPM
Size1.4 L
Torque250 Nm
Total Valves16
TypePremium unleaded
Valve GearSOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack
Fuel Consumption
City9.0 L/100 km
Combined7.9L/100 km
Highway6.7 L/100 km
Header
CompressorIntercooled turbo
Compressor Type - VAIntercooled turbo
Doors2
Driven WheelsRear-wheel
Engine Size1.4 L
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
Trans Type - VAManual
TransmissionManual
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsFixed
Instrumentation
ClockIn-radio display
ClockIn-radio display
External tempExternal temperature display
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Roof
Convertible roofManual
Convertible windowGlass rear window
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity2
Total Seating Capacity2
UpholsteryCloth
Security
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassTouring
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeDouble wishbone
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter16.0"
PrefixP
Profile50
Speed RatingV
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
TypePerformance
Width195 mm
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds6
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Auxilliary engine coolerRegular duty
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size7.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distance100,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distance160,000 km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place140 L
Curb weight1,123 kg
Curb weight1,105 kg
Fuel Capacity45 L
Gross vehicle weight1,334 kg
Gross vehicle weight1,334 kg
Max cargo capacity140 L
Turning radius5 m
Wheels
Diameter16
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Width6.5
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows2
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Remote window operationYes
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Convertible roof lining
Convertible roof wind blocker
Glass rear window
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
Air conditioning
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Front reading lights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Panic alarm
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Leather shift knob
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

IncentiveAmountExpires
FIAT CA Consumer Cash Discount Program
124 Spider
$2,500 Jul 31, 2017

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Fiat CA Lease Residuals
124 Spider Classica 6sp
51% 42% 33% 25% N/A N/A Jul 31, 2017
Fiat CA Lease Residuals
124 Spider Classica at
51% 43% 34% 26% N/A N/A Jul 31, 2017
Fiat CA Lease Rates
124 Spider Classica
2.99% 2.99% 2.99% 2.99% N/A N/A Jul 31, 2017

2017 FIAT 124 Spider Classica 2dr Convertible, Vaughan, Ontario

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