Cars Then & Now

2018 Fiat 124 Spider
Current Base Price: $24,995
The current Fiat 124 Spider arrived on U.S. shores last year, marking its return after a 30-year absence from the U.S. market. The result of a collaboration between Fiat and Mazda, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but with Italian styling and Fiat drivetrain, suspension and tuning. The new Fiat 124 Spider was designed in Turin, Italy, and takes styling cues from the original 124 Spider, including the hexagonal upper grille, power domes on the hood and sharp horizontal taillights. The double-wishbone front suspension, multi-link rear suspension and steering are all tuned for a dynamic driving experience. The soft-top can be manually operated from the driver’s seat and stows behind the seats without a tonneau cover. The rear-wheel-drive 124 Spider is available in Classica, Lusso and Abarth versions, powered by Fiat’s 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo 4-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower (164 in Abarth) and 184 lb-ft of torque, combined with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic. The 124 Spider Abarth also includes a sport instrument cluster, leather-trimmed sport seats, a sport steering wheel, performance-tuned suspension, a limited-slip differential, a gunmetal roll bar and 17-inch gunmetal aluminum wheels.

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