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    Fiat 124 Spider (Fiata) unveiled

    An Italian heart in a Miata body:



    Source: http://www.motormag.com.au/news/1511...at-124-spider/

    The cloth has been dropped off the Fiat 124 Spider to reveal more than merely a re-badged Mazda MX-5 – but only just.

    The 124 Spider remains Japanese built, but scores an Italian-made turbocharged engine, and its Los Angeles auto show reveal highlights its target of boosting the brand’s slow return to the US market.

    Fiat’s Spider version of the Mazda roadster gets higher rear hips that flow into a new side character crease dipping just above the front door handle. The new bonnet drops towards a nose – which looks Dodge-esque to us – that has been pulled forward, possibly to accommodate a front-mounted intercooler for the fresh engine.

    Don’t go looking for many changes inside, because the only differences to the MX-5 are added door grabs, new door handles and Fiat font for the gauges. Even Mazda’s MZD-Connect infotainment system remains.



    Watch the "official" unveiling here at about 1:00pm ET: Fiat USA

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    Re: Fiat 124 Spider (Fiata) unveiled

    When is it coming to America, "It wants to live in America"
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    Re: Fiat 124 Spider (Fiata) unveiled

    Kind of looks like an updated NB. I like it!
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    Re: Fiat 124 Spider (Fiata) unveiled

    Specs convert something like:

    Fiat_________Mazda
    2431lb_______2272lb
    160hp_______155hp
    184tq________148tq

    I wonder if the motor is that much heavier in the Fiat or if there's something else adding weight. Seems like that's a sizeable chunk of extra weight they added.
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    Re: Fiat 124 Spider (Fiata) unveiled

    Last edited by minuteman048; 11-18-2015 at 10:55 AM.
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    Re: Fiat 124 Spider (Fiata) unveiled

    Found this in the comments section of the later article. The picture was one of the designs considered before they decided on what is being offered. I have to agree with the commenter. I would have liked this one better.

    I owned a 124 a long time ago, and I see very little resemblance to that car in this one. Take off the hood humps, and this doesnít resemble a Spyder at all. I would have loved to see some round headlights, maybe some tasteful rear fins, or at least more of a nod to the original. This mockup was much more appealing to me;
    That said, itís not a bad looking car. Personally Iíd still probably choose the MX5 just because I donít see (on paper, yet) much advantage of the Fiat engine over the Mazda one. Iíd have to drive them both for sure though, and who knows - maybe this Fiat looks better in person.
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    Re: Fiat 124 Spider (Fiata) unveiled

    Me too. It's much cleaner especially without the rear antenna which I don't know why cars have anymore. I don't really like the current one's many front lights, dual front openings and different grill pattern in each. That can me remedied at home though.

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    Re: Fiat 124 Spider (Fiata) unveiled

    Quote Originally Posted by minuteman048 View Post
    Kind of looks like an updated NB. I like it!
    agreed!

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    Re: Fiat 124 Spider (Fiata) unveiled

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    Re: Fiat 124 Spider (Fiata) unveiled

    Still no price range, and a small increase in HP and Torque. But wait an Abarth turbo is coming late 2017 or 2018.
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