By Shane McGlaun

2017 Fiat 124 Spider: Fiatazoom in

I’ll admit right up front that I was a bit disappointed with the specs of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider that have gone official. I was hoping the car would have significantly more power than its MX-5 cousin, but that isn’t to be. The 124 spider has 160 hp, only 5 hp more than the Mazda. What the 124 does have is significantly more torque with 184 lb-ft of twist – 24% more than its cousin.

The car will put power to the ground via a 6-speed manual or 6-speed auto transmission. Another thing the 124 Spider has is a completely new body; the two cars don’t share any body panels. The 124 is actually bigger than the MX-5 with a larger trunk. I suspect that larger size means more weight negating the power and torque gains to some extent.

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I’ll admit right up front that I was a bit disappointed with the specs of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider that have gone official. I was hoping the car would have significantly more power than its MX-5 cousin, but that isn’t to be. The 124 spider has 160 hp, only 5 hp more than the Mazda. What the 124 does have is significantly more torque with 184 lb-ft of twist – 24% more than its cousin.

The car will put power to the ground via a 6-speed manual or 6-speed auto transmission. Another thing the 124 Spider has is a completely new body; the two cars don’t share any body panels. The 124 is actually bigger than the MX-5 with a larger trunk. I suspect that larger size means more weight negating the power and torque gains to some extent.


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Buyers can get the Classica or Lusso versions that differ in trim. Classica buyers get cloth seats and a 3-inch touchscreen. Lusso buyers get leather seats and a 7-inch touchscreen. That engine I mentioned before is right out of the Fiat 500 Abarth, and an Abarth version of the 124 Spider is still rumored.

Pricing is unannounced at this time, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s an Italian premium for the car compared to the Miata.

Source:: 95 Octane