Road Test: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Classica

Road Test: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Classica


Price (MSRP): $30,995

Engine: 1.4L Turbocharged Multiair, SOHC, 16-valve Inline-4

Trans: 6-speed manual

Power: 160 hp@ 5,500 rpm

Torque: 184 lb-ft @ 3,200 rpm

Curb Weight: 2,436 lbs./1,105 kg

Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) 9.0/6.7


New for 2017: The Fiat 124 Spider is an all-new model for 2017 and utilizes the same platform and structure as Mazda’s MX-5 (Miata) but with a few upgrades including the body, engine and suspension which allow it to be reminiscent of the original Fiat 124 Spider roadster.

Segment Competitors: Mazda MX-5, Subaru BRZ, Toyota 86

The Skinny: Last sold in North America over 30 years ago, the Fiat 124 Spider is back and carries with it similar Italian styling and performance as the original model but with some new technology that truly brings it to the 21st century. A 1.4-litre turbocharged engine is found under the hood that pushes out fairly impressive power numbers that actually feel much higher than they truly are while the sport-tuned suspension provides enough stability when called upon but provides a somewhat tame ride during normal driving situations.

Pros: This car will provide anyone who drives it with endless amounts of fun whether your fan of it or not.

Cons: If you are a somewhat tall person, you will need a very good stretch after long drives.

The Verdict: The Fiat 124 Spider is one of the best examples of a drop-top, 2-seater convertible available today. Building on the already fun Mazda MX-5, Fiat has added enough flair to distinguish itself from the Mazda but retains enough to keep the same fun factor.


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