Fiat 124 Spider sports car shares its platform with the recently redesigned Mazda Miata. Though the two share same platform, they look distinctly different and will have different power trains as well.
Both cars will be produced side by side at the company’s Hiroshima plant. Fiat 124 Spider has seen an evolution through 1960s to 1980s. The Spider is predominantly a 2+2 while the newest version will opt for the two seat layout also seen on the 2015 Mazda Miata.
While Mazda will sport a 2.0 liter inline four engine offering 155 hp power and 148 lb/ft torque, Fiat is testing various prototypes with different power train options. The base model is slated to receive a turbocharged 1.4 liter engine also seen on the 500 Abarth, 500L, 500X and Jeep Renegade.
Where looks are concerned, Fiat 124 Spider will be completely different. It will be longer than the Miata with its front fascia extending over the front axle. Interiors will be similar to the Miata with regard to steering wheel, dash design, central display panel and rotary control dial. There will, however, be one change in the Fiat 124 Spider where upper part of doors is concerned which will be covered in material rather than paint seen on the Miata.
The LA Show starts in November when more details and price of the Fiat 124 Spider will be revealed.
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