The Fiat 124 Spider has been in the Fiat bloodline since the 60’s, and recently have been revived with some pipe work from the Mazda MX-5. The 124 Spider is a fun little rear wheel drive sport coupe that is stealing the hearts of American buyers.
It is a classic formula for a new age, all starting at just under $25,000. For that price you get two seats, rear drive, a small but capable 1.4 L turbo four and a six speed manual.
The new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider comes in three trim levels: Classica, Lusso and Abarth, which are about as Italian as you can get.
The little city cruiser might not have a massive V8 or anything crazy of the sort, but it’s just as fun and attractive as sport convertibles come. Plus the underpinnings of the great MX-5 Miata make a strong base for the 124 Spider.
The exterior of the 2017 Fiat 125 Spider is as charming as it gets. The dual grille set up looks great, the LED surroundings of the headlights are lovely and its face loves being downtown on a sunny day. The 124 Sprider has the trademark long front end that every proper roadster should have. Between the Classica and Lusso trim levels, things are pretty consistent. The Lusso trim adds a bit of flavor to the car over all with fog lights, different interior selections and rims. the Classica is the gas station cappuccino, while the Lusso is that little coffee shop downtown in the upscale neighborhood with exposed brick walls and little tables outside.
Then we have the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth. This is the highest trim level in the 124 Spider family. It pretty much completely changes what the 124 Spider is all about. With the Abarth, you get a much angrier face with black and red trim all over the place to let you know how much more tough this little guy is. You get bulging muscles out of the hood as well which is just like the original 124 Spider. Along with the swooping body lines, there are slight nods to the original 124 and I adore that. While the black stripe is an option, it really completes the style of this car.
The rear of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth is the coolest thing I’ve seen from Fiat ever. The top level trim starts at $28,000, and you get a set of fitting quad exhaust tips, a sizable diffusor, black rims and air outlets on the outsides of the rear bumper. I absolutely love the back side of the Abarth 124 Spider, and that feeling is amplified when you turn the car on.
The sound that comes from the small engine is absolutely phenomenal. It is throaty and pops like a much larger engine. Honestly, the 124 Spider’s exhaust sound is a master piece.
The interior of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is lovely. There are a few shared elements with the Miata, but they’re generally sparse. For example, the infotainment system is pretty much identical which isn’t bad, since the system is a very good system for cost effective infotainment. It’s like a less flashy iDrive system essentially, and I like it.
The interior here on the Lusso trim is perfect for a small roadster like the 124 Spider. You get a large tachometer in the center of the gauge cluster, and the steering wheel feels fantastic in your hands. The only issue I have with the base 2017 Fiat 124 Spider interior is that the standard entertainment system is this tacked-on thing that looks like it’s from the early 2000’s. I’m sure it helps the costs of the car to be low, but it just looks so cheap.
Then we have the fantastic interior of the Abarth trim. Alcantara and red leather is splashed everywhere in here, and it looks so cool. This is by far the best looking variant of the car, and if you can dish out the extra few thousand, it is well worth the investment. The Abarth trim completely changes the attitude of the whole car.
The base engine for the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is a 1.4 L turbo four. That doesn’t sound like much, but the little engine packs 160 hp, and 184 pounds of torque. Power is sent straight to the rear wheels as well. You can get a classic 6-speed manual transmission, as well as a 6-speed automatic for the Spider. There are no steering wheel paddles on the Classica and Lusso trims, but the Abarth has them prepped and ready. On top of that, the Abrath trim features Billstein performance suspension for an exceptional ride and great handling.
0-60 isn’t a speedy affair, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fun one. The standard 124 Spider will do 0-60 in about 10 seconds, while the Abarth trim will do it in 6.3 seconds. It’s about the journey, not the destination.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider – Specs:
|Vehicle Type:||Sports Convertible Coupe|
|Power Plant:||1.4 L Tubro 4 cyl.|
|Gearbox:||6-speed manual, 6-speed auto|
|Power:||160 – 164 HP|
|MPG:||36 Highway, 25 City (est.)|
|Torque:||184 – 190 Lb-Ft.|
|Length:||160 Inches (4.0 Meters) (est.)|
|Width:||69 Inches (1.75 Meters) (est.)|
|Height:||49 Inches (1.24 Meters) (est.)|
|Wheelbase:||90.9 Inches (2.3 Meters) (est.)|
|Top Speed:||136 MPH (218.8 KPH)|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||10 seconds – 6.3 seconds (est.)|
|Base Price:||$24,995 – $28,995(est.)|
Sum It Up:
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is a great little convertible for those who love fun. It looks great in every trim level, and have just enough power to show some love to its driver. The 14 Spider may well be Fiat’s new best-seller (since it was back in the 60’s) and I look forward to how well the market receives the little Italian. While a lot of enthusiasts are quick to write it off as a dolled up Miata (which is essentially is) I think it looks better, and I reckon it is better.