2017 Fiat 124 Spider – U.S. Wonder
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is easily the best car in Fiat’s four-vehicle U.S. lineup and a worthy successor to the storied original Fiat 124 Spider that debuted in November 1966. The two-seat convertible coupe shares a platform with Mazda’s MX-5 Miata and the cars are built in the same plant in Japan. 124 Spider has a Fiat engine and transmission that produce 160 hp and 184 pounds-feet of torque.
Pricing for the 124 Spider as follows, The Classica base model starts at $25,990. The top-end Abarth, with an additional 4 hp and a six-speed automatic, starts at $30,540. The midrange Lusso model starts at $28,490. All pricing includes a $995 shipping charge, also you can add automatic six-speed transmission at the price of $1,350. IHS Automotive projects annual U.S. sales volume under 10,000 vehicles.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider vs. 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
|2017 Fiat 124 Spider||2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata|
|Wheelbase||90.9 inches||90.9 inches|
|Length||159.6 inches||154.1 inches|
|Width||68.5 inches||68.3 inches|
|Height||48.5 inches||48.6 inches|
|Curb weight||2,436 lbs.||2,332 lbs.|
|Engine||1.4 liter I-4 turbo||2.0-liter I-4|
|Horsepower||160 hp @ 5,500 rpm||155 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Torque||184 lbs.-ft. @ 2,500 rpm||148 lbs.-ft. @ 4,600 rpm|
|EPA mpg||26 city/35 hwy||27 city/34 hwy|
Power: Turbocharged, 1.4-liter four-cylinder, six-speed manual transmission ( Can add automatic six-speed transmission at the price of $1,350).
Technology: Optional 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Bose audio system.
Safety: Four front airbags, optional rear-vision camera, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive front headlamps.
Competitors: Mazda MX-5 Miata, Mini Cooper, VW Beetle.
Weaknesses: Turbo lag is evident at times; cupholder is ridiculously hard to reach.