What is it? Its 50 years since the original 124 Spider was unveiled at the Turin motor show. It was a car that captured the very essence of pure driving enjoyment and now its back with a modern twist to shake things up in the two-seater market.
First impressions of the new Fiat 124 Spider? With perfect sportscar proportions the exterior pays homage to the original, touches such as the style and position of the LED headlamps, and the hexagonal upper grille, both draw heavily from the details of the classic roadster.
What about the interior? Inside there is little to distinguish it from Mazda’s MX-5, the car it is based on, but the 124 does have new instrument panels, steering wheel and gauge design. The dash looks good and all the fittings seem good quality.
Under the bonnet? Powering this diminutive sports car is 1.4-litre petrol engine that will launch the 124 from 0 to 60 in just 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 134 mph. But the 124 spider is not about power or speed, but rather it reminds you that life is a journey and not a destination.
Fiat 124 Spider on road? A low-slung driving position makes it very comfortable and the small steering wheel feels sporty. Out on the open road it delivers perfect grip and control plus you get a super slick six-speed manual gearbox. A wind deflector and well-positioned heaters will keep you nice and snug with the roof down and that engine sound will be music to your ears.
How much? Three trim levels are offered: Classica, Lusso and Lusso Plus. Classica starts at £19,545 OTR for the Classica version, with the Lusso model prised at £22,295 and the top Lusso Plus trim £1,000 more at £23,295. Standard equipment is good and includes four airbags, air conditioning, a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls, a leather-trimmed gear knob, cruise control with speed limiter, 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless engine start and a powerful infotainment system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity. A seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB, WiFi, two USB ports and a multimedia control knob is available as a £500 option.
How safe? The Fiat 124 Spider is as safe as any car its size can be. There are a range of active and passive safety devices, plus because this it is a roadster the body is designed specifically to absorb energy and lessen the impact in the event of an accident .
3 words to describe the Fiat 124 Spider? Pure; Balanced; Gorgeous
6th December, 2016