2017 Fiat 124 Spider: First Drive Review

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
On the Road
For a driving enthusiast, it’s hard not to like a rear-wheel drive 2-seat roadster. The 124 Spider is balanced and agile, providing great fun on twisty roads. Steering is precise with proper feedback from the road. Thanks to an integrated windscreen behind the seats, wind noise and turbulence are kept to a minimum, even with the top down. That said, we weren’t big fans of the automatic transmission. When left to shift on its own, it seems to be geared more for fuel economy than performance — which is fine for some situations, but not all. The Abarth allows for easy shifting with the paddles and also features a sport mode that improves performance dramatically; unfortunately these assists are not available on the Classica or Lusso.

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