Fiat-Chrysler has just unveiled their small sports car, the fruit of a collaboration between Fiat and Mazda. The Fiat 124 Spider may be based on the Mazda MX-5, but it’s named and styled after the classic 124 Sport roadster from the late 1960s.
The chassis and identical interior are shared with the Mazda, but the Fiat is more than 100mm longer in the rear and 40 kg heavier, but comes with Fiat’s own slightly-more-powerful turbo engine. The 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo engine is standard, but it makes 140 hp and 240 Nm of toruqe in Europe whereas the American version has 160 hp and 249 Nm. The US-spec 124 Spider will be offered with both a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic.
An “extreme” Abarth version may be on its way though, most likely using some variant of the 240 hp 1.75-litre turbo engine from the 4C. It seems unlikely that the Spider will be offered in the GCC any time soon, although the Mazda MX-5 just went on sale in the UAE this month.