Supercars and their fancy carbon fiber engine covers be damned, we have a clear winner here in the name of Abarth’s 300hp four cylinder rally car.
Fiat claims it will race this 300 horsepower, rear-drive Abarth 124 hardtop in 2017. Don’t you dare lie to me, Fiat. This car is too good and my heart is too tender.
Fiat turned the regular 2017 Fiat 124 Spider into an Abarth 124 Spider with 170 horsepower, a mechanical LSD, Brembo brakes, Bilstein dampers and a loud exhaust, and while they were at it, the performance brand also rolled out a rally version for Geneva. Oh hell yeah.
We managed to snag a listen to the exhaust note of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider last night, but it was just for a few seconds, and we didn’t get to hear much. But, incredibly long and convoluted and frightfully boring story short, we managed to follow it up a bit later with a much better glimpse into what a Mazda Miata…
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is basically a Miata with a Fiat 500 Abarth engine. But does the 124 sound as good as the 500? We (kinda sorta) found out.
The new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider has its engines made in Italy, then shipped all the way to Japan for final assembly. That’s a long and complicated production process, but surely it’s not the worst.
Regardless of your feelings on vintage-inspired cars, you have to be excited for this new roadster. The Fiat display at the LA Auto Show brought new and old Spider styling together. Raphael Orlove has mixed feelings, but come on. We all want to drive this thing.
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is not the most beautiful car in the world. It is not the most powerful or perfect. But to hate it is a misdeed, as I can explain.
We’ve known pretty much what the newly-reborn Fiat 124 Spider is going to look like ever since we got those spy photos back in September. We’ve known basically what it’s going to be like, dynamically, since we drove the new Miata, because, well, it pretty much is one. But now we really, really know what it’s like,…
Fiat is taking the already-outstanding 2016 Mazda Miata, adding some turbocharged Italian power and mixing in some tasty retro throwback looks for good measure. Everyone, meet the new Fiat 124 Spider.
Fiat may be coming out with a tarted-up MX-5 in the near future, but the original Fiat 124 Spider set such a high bar for pure joy that it’ll be tough to live up to. There’s no single car I’ve driven that’s as much fun and as easy to drive as the old 124 Spider. Here’s why you, too, must track an old roadster.
“It’s good, but what if it had more power?” Such is the question that has dogged the Mazda Miata for decades. Save for tuners and one turbo Mazdaspeed version, we’ve never really gotten it. Now the Italians are here to answer that question for us: the Fiat 124 Spider will get an “extreme” Abarth version.
Mazda and Fiat have been cooking up a new roadster based on the 2016 Miata platform for a while now. First it was supposed to be an Alfa Romeo, then it was punted over to Fiat after Alfa decided to make their own roadster. (Apparently Mazda wasn't Italian enough for them.) But now we have an official name for the Fiat…
[To protect its windshield from rocks and trees and whatever else you might encounter on a rally in the early '70s, this Fiat Abarth 124 Spider had a sort of ante-windshield made of mesh bolted to the fenders. I have never seen one outside of this press picture. Photo Credit: Fiat]
Though we rarely see 124 Spiders on the street nowadays, they are still out there. Here's one that hung on long enough to see five different decades.
Once I found the Fiat Strada, I knew I'd have to be able to find a 124 somewhere on the island. Sure enough, on the same block as the aquamarine '65 Impala, here was this fine example of Italian Malaise. These things used to be quite common on the island (as were MGBs), but... well, you know the rest of that story.