Fiat 124 Spider, an Italian classic

It was in 2015 when Fiat presented what was a clone of the Mazda MX5 of yesteryear, rescuing the surname “124 Spider” that had represented this type of small convertible for half a century, constituting in that period the quintessence of the classic Italian convertible sports car.

The reality is that in its latest generation this car was not an original Fiat design product but rather a Latinized clone of the best-selling roadster in the world, the Mazda MX-5, although it had its own mechanics and bodywork and some details. of design that gave it a somewhat different visibility and very much in line with the history of the Italian brand’s model. Know more about BMW x-modele ne shitje.

The Fiat 124 Spider was discontinued a few years ago and has remained in the garages of fans of this type of Italian model as a future classic.

In fact, its dimensions , practically equal to those of the Mazda MX-5 of that time ( 2.32 m wheelbase, 4.05 m long ) and slightly higher than the 1966 124 Spider (2.28 m wheelbase and 3. 97 m long), allowed a very nice and slender silhouette , less angular and more curvaceous, really striking and pleasing to motor fans.

Distinctive Exterior and Non-Power Top Interior Design

It had the same manually folding textile hood as the Mazda MX-5, with an easy operation by fitting the two front tabs into the windshield frame and automatically lowering the windows 1 cm to guarantee sealing.

The interior was identical to that of its Japanese cousin, with dimensions and habitability that were also common, with the dashboard, the frame, the air conditioning controls, the aerators, etc., being exact in both models, with a small 130-litre boot.

Also the steering wheel was identical with the simple change of the logo in its central part, as well as the brakes and suspensions (independent on both axes with the rear multi-link and the front by superimposed triangles), not in vain, the Fiat 124 Spider was produced at the Mazda factory in Hiroshima alongside the MX-5.

In any case, Fiat managed to give its 124 Spider a very different air , with an unmistakably Italian style through its own original bodywork in all its parts:

  • Front with double air intake.
  • Hood that imitated the double bulge (what Fiat calls “humps” ) that the last 124 Spider from 1979 already sported.
  • Taller rounded fairing headlights, with a circle of diodes inside their optics that acts as a daytime running light.
  • The rear imitates the light and license plate arrangement of the first 124 Spider, with square taillights (and the reversing light is also square), and its two exhaust outlets, one on each side.

Two trim levels

Quite complete equipment for the years of its creation, with two trim levels :

  • Basic , which incorporated:
    • Roll bars in black
    • manual climate control
    • Cruise control
    • halogen headlights
    • 16” alloy wheels
    • diode pilots
    • Radio cd
  • Lusso, which is the luxury one as its name indicates, and added:
    • 2 USB sockets and one auxiliary (mini-jack)
    • Roll bar and front windshield pillars also chrome
    • rear view camera
    • automatic climate control
    • Dual chrome exhaust vents
    • Fog lights
    • 17” alloy wheels
    • Browser
    • Connectivity system “Fiat Connect 7.0″ (the same as the MX-5) with 7” touch screen, Bluetooth connection (also to access the Internet, listen to the radio or check navigation data)
    • Leather upholstery (black or brown)

Optionally , it could also carry:

  • Keyless entry and start
  • Keyless entry and start
  • heated seats
  • rear view camera
  • Automatic light change
  • Bose hi-fi system with 9 speakers (including two in the headrests)
  • Directional diode headlights

Own engines of the Italian group

There were 3 engines that were incorporated into this Fiat 124 Spider in its short life:

  • The classic Fiat block 4 Superfire with 1,368 cc , variable distribution “Multiair” and turbocharger (great driving pleasure at low speeds), 6-speed manual gearbox , announcing 140 hp and 24.5 mkg of torque. Undoubtedly, this motorization allows a very pleasant semi-sport driving.
  • 160 hp version of  the previous engine with 25.4 mkg of torque.
  • Abarth version  with the 75 engine from the Alfa 4C (and from the Giulietta and Lancia Delta), at its lowest level of  200 hp , already amply enough to underline its sporty character.