The first photos of the long-awaited, Mazda MX-5-based Fiat 124 Spider have now hit the web, showcasing a compact Italian sports car with Japanese underpinnings. That sounds like a helluva recipe, and indeed it is. It just doesn’t look particularly delicious.
We were given to understand that the Mazda-Fiat partnership would result in a gorgeous Alfa Romeo Spider with the MX-5’s superb drivetrain. But then they passed the project on to Fiat, and they have come up with their own modern interpretation of a classic Spider with the 124. It is a nice and cool looking car, but we can’t help but think how much more awesome that canceled Alfa model would have been.
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is inspired in its design by the original Fiat 124 from the sixties, as clearly shown by the similarities between the two around the headlights and front grilles. The Fiat appears bulkier and overall manlier than the Mazda upon which it is based, thanks to features like the muscular bonnet and silver windscreen frame.
Powering the new Fiat 124 Spider is a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Abarth 500. Although it is even smaller than the MX-5’s 1.5 liter unit, this small motor pumps out a decent 160 horsepower and around 250 Nm of torque. If the Abarth is any indication, it should also sound pretty amazing which makes the whole experience a lot more enjoyable.