In 1981, the American version was followed by the European one. Now, as back then, introducing the 124 Spider Europa in Limited
Edition: the true Italian-style Spider
Exclusive Red Passione color, silver wing mirror covers, red grille badge and old-school wheel rims.
The steering wheel hosts a range of modern equipment, with all the commands for the infotainment system, but also recalls the style of the past, with its three spokes in satin finish steel and perfectly round leather crown.
Getting into the 124 Spider Europa is a pleasant experience. The driver’s seat can be adjusted in six directions and there is plenty of space for the shoulders, heads and legs, even with the hood down.
Each command in the 124 Spider Europa is located exactly were you would like it to be. The flawless ergonomic design of the vehicle turns each move into an instinctive gesture, from the very first time.
In the interior, where black is the main colour, the refined chrome and satin finishes of the handles and side air vents stand out. The round shape is a subtle yet effective vintage touch.
A ride into the future with the on-board technology of Fiat 124 Spider, featuring a 7’’ touchscreen display, DAB radio, Wi-FI and Bluetooth connectivity, two USB ports and an AUX input.
The instrument panel features three round indicators, clustered around the tachometer, which stands out in the centre. As the needle rises, it accompanies the surge of emotions felt when putting your foot down on the accelerator.
The commands of the infotainment system, located on the spokes of the steering wheel, allow the motorist to make full use of all the multimedia functions available on board the 124 Spider Europa, in absolute safety.
In the 1980s, the 124 Spider was the epitome of charm. Now, more than back then, and indeed more than ever before, the careful attention to detail makes life on board a truly unforgettable experience. Not just because of the privilege of travelling with the hood down, but also because certain details, such as the numbered badge, remind us that we are driving an exclusive, limited edition vehicle.
The 17-inch historical wheel rims with their four spokes are a reminder of the sporty trim flaunted by the original Fiat 124 Spider in the golden years.
The hexagonal shape of the grille recalls the grille of the glorious original 124 Spider from the past. And a further reminder is the exclusive red 124 badge: the seal of class for a unique vehicle.
The Premium Silver mirror caps on the exterior recall the chrome effect of those on the original model and bring that extra touch of elegance that is a perfect match for the pillar and the edging of the windscreen.
Red has always characterised the best Italian Spiders. But the colour is not enough, so the Fiat 124 Spider Europa Limited Edition also features other details which reconfirm its exclusivity: from the silver mirror caps to the red badge on the grille, to the historical wheel rims. Details that recall the vehicle’s original charm.
The tradition and exclusivity of Fiat 124 Spider Europa are certified by a numbered badge. Celebrate uniqueness and drive a limited edition car.
Tested Model: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Automatic · 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Shown The iconic 124 sports car first made the scene in the Swingin’ Sixties, and Fiat has brought it back with help from Mazda. The 124 Spider is an MX-5 Miata underneath, reskinned with throwback styling details and powered by a Fiat 1.4-liter turbo four in place of the Miata’s 2.0-liter inline four. Of course, a slick manual transmission is available. The Fiat also gets revised suspension tuning and some different interior bits—all of which imbue it with its own, slightly different, flavor.
Major redesigns occur every five years or so; not much changes in between. Dividing them into generations provides more meaningful distinctions in the shopping process.
September 2016 By MIKE SUTTON Photos By CHRIS DOANE AUTOMOTIVE View 61 PhotosView 61 Photos
We’re not shy in our affection for Mazda’s latest MX-5 Miata, a 10Best Cars–winning roadster that embodies all of the driving joy we desire in a small, fun sports car. That Fiat’s new 124 Spider is basically the same car underneath makes it very good as well, an observation as we’ve noted in several reviews, including a comparison test between the two in which the sportiest Club version of the Miata bested the 124 Spider Abarth.
While the Fiat’s most basic configuration reviewed here sits at the opposite end of the lineup from the zesty Abarth, it’s still wonderfully elemental if somewhat more relaxed than its Mazda cousin.
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider range starts at the $25,990 Classica trim with the six-speed manual transmission, which costs a scant $240 more than the base 2016 Miata Sport (Mazda has yet to release 2017 pricing). While the overall execution of Fiat’s retro design is a subjective matter, it’s mostly classy once you look past the comically oversize Fiat badge on the nose. Our test car’s small 16-inch wheels, however, combined with the 124’s additional 5.5 inches in length versus the Mazda, lent it a gawkier appearance than the svelte and toned MX-5. Granted, the taller sidewalls of our car’s Yokohama Advan Sport tires (sized 195/50 versus the optional 205/45R-17s) afford a slightly more compliant ride over rough roads, but the smaller rollers leave altogether too much empty space in the wheel wells. Those all-season tires also returned the least amount of lateral stick we’ve recorded for any “Fiata” (0.85 g), as well as a so-so 171-foot stop from 70 mph.
Our 2429-pound test car was about 100 pounds lighter than the last 124 we tested with the optional six-speed automatic transmission yet about the same amount heavier than our long-term Miata Club model with the manual. The last Abarth version on our scales was 80 pounds porkier still. The greater mass manifests in the Fiat’s driving behavior, with the Spider feeling a touch larger and duller, albeit less nervous, than its Mazda sibling. Fiat’s standard suspension tuning dials out much of the body roll Mazda baked into the MX-5, and the 124’s electrically assisted steering is a bit less eager to initiate a turn. The Spider remains an incredibly agile and tactile two-seater and can be easily coaxed into drifts around corners, it’s just not as crisp or as entertaining near the limit. Although our measurements don’t reveal much difference, the 124 Spider’s added sound insulation and thicker glass do slightly reduce the cacophony of road and wind noise found in the Miata, particularly on the highway.
Quieter both in sound quality and character is the turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir inline-four under the Fiat’s double-vented hood; it’s as laggy and unexciting as the Miata’s naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder is effervescent. There is more power on hand—a total of 160 horses in this car’s non-Abarth trim and a stout 184 lb-ft of torque—and it delivers solid midrange punch. But the turbo boost builds slowly below 2500 rpm, and the fun quickly tapers off above 5500 revs, necessitating additional footwork from the driver to keep the engine in its sweet spot. To manage the greater amount of torque, Spiders also employ a chunkier shifter attached to the manual gearbox from the previous-generation MX-5. While it works well, with positive engagements of each ratio, the latest Mazda’s stick is even sweeter in its action. Driven more as an open-top cruiser than as a back-road charger, the 124 is pleasant and adequately powerful, with a nice growl from its dual exhaust pipes that won’t wear on you like the Abarth’s less muffled burble.
Our test car dashed to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, which is 0.5 second slower than our long-term MX-5 yet 0.5 second quicker than the automatic 124 Spider. Those margins shrink slightly at the quarter-mile mark, but our manual Fiat still split the two pretty closely with a 14.9-second pass at 95 mph. We averaged a decent 27 mpg over more than 1000 miles, a considerable improvement over the 21 mpg we observed with the automatic version. Moreover, the Fiat turned in 39 mpg in our 200-mile, 75-mph road test.
The 124’s cabin is instantly familiar from the Miata’s, and it’s quite nice for such a tiny car, right down to Mazda’s console-mounted control knob for managing the central infotainment screen. Along with the requisite Fiat badges, notable changes include a few additional soft-touch surfaces and slightly revised seats and upholstery that really stand out only if you’ve put a lot of miles on a new MX-5. Our Classica example came with halogen headlights and cloth seating as well as power windows, locks, and mirrors; an infotainment system with a 3.0-inch central display, Bluetooth, air conditioning, and 12-volt and USB outlets; and other basic amenities.
The only option on our car was the $1295 Technology package, which added a 7.0-inch central touchscreen display, keyless entry, and a rearview camera for a grand total of $27,285. Considering you’d have to spend more than $30K for an MX-5 Grand Touring model to get the quieter, insulated softtop that’s standard on the Fiat, the 124 Spider can be considered something of a value. It also has the Italian connection going for it, if reliving past memories with an original 124 Spider is your thing. What isn’t available at the FCA store for any price is the purity of the Mazda’s driving behavior—that unabashed playfulness we expect in a small roadster. We’re sure plenty of people could be happy with this car; we’re just not sure they wouldn’t be happier in a Miata.Photos Build and Price Shop Local Cars View All Features and Specs
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible
PRICE AS TESTED: $27,285 (base price: $25,990)
ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled SOHC 16-valve inline-4, iron block and aluminum head, port fuel injection
Displacement: 83 cu in, 1368 ccPower: 160 hp @ 5500 rpmTorque: 184 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual
DIMENSIONS:Wheelbase: 90.9 inLength: 159.6 inWidth: 68.5 in Height: 48.5 inPassenger volume: 49 cu ftCargo volume: 5 cu ftCurb weight: 2429 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 6.3 sec Zero to 100 mph: 16.9 sec Zero to 120 mph: 27.5 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 7.0 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 10.6 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 7.2 sec Standing ¼-mile: 14.9 sec @ 95 mph Top speed (drag limited): 136 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 171 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.85 g
FUEL ECONOMY: EPA city/highway driving: 26/35 mpg
C/D observed: 27 mpgC/D observed highway driving: 39 mpgC/D observed highway range: 460 mi
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