Fiat 124 Spider

 fiat 124 spider

124 SPIDER CONVERTIBLE SPECIAL EDITIONS - 1.4 Multiair S-Design 2dr



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Fiat borrows a familiar name for its latest affordable open-top model - and it runs on familiar underpinnings too. Jonathan Crouch looks at the brand's appealing little 124 Spider.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
124 SPIDER CONVERTIBLE SPECIAL EDITIONS
1.4 Multiair S-Design 2dr
PETROL
£25,955.94

Ten Second Review

Fiat is at last back in the roadster market with this appealing little 124 Spider model. There's nothing especially innovative about the familiar engine and borrowed underpinnings but everything's been woven together into a desirable package that offers a tempting blend of Latin flair.

Background

It's been over ten years since Fiat brought us an open-topped roadster - the much-loved Barchetta. That was based on front-driven Punto architecture and sold only in limited numbers. This 124 Spider though, looks to have much more than that to offer, its name referencing the Pininfarina-designed 124 Sport Spider of the 1960s. This modern model borrows its underpinnings from the best affordable roadster on the market, Mazda's MX-5, though Fiat has decided to fit its own 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo engine beneath the bonnet to replace the 1.5 and 2.0-litre normally aspirated units used by Mazda. The idea is to bring the authentic, Italian roadster driving experience to a whole new generation of British enthusiasts.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
148
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
72
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
84
CC
1368
Cylinders
4
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
16
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
NORTH SOUTH
Compression Ratio
9.8:1
Transmission
MANUAL
Gears
6 SPEED
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
33.2
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
55.4
EC Combined (mpg)
44.1
General
Coin Series
S-Design
Coin Description
Multiair
Safety Concerns?
False
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
999999
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
8
Special Edition
True
Special Order
False
Based On ID
74602
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
26E
Badge Power
140
Badge Engine CC
1.4
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Generation Mark
1
Performance
Engine Torque - MKG
24.5
0 to 62 mph (secs)
7.5
Top Speed
134
Engine Power - BHP
140
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
Engine Power - KW
103
Engine Power - RPM
5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
177
Engine Torque - NM
240
Engine Torque - RPM
2250
Tyres
Tyre Size Rear
205/45 R17
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
17" ALLOY
Tyre Size Front
205/45 R17
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Vehicle Dimensions
Height
1233
Length
4054
Width
1740
Wheelbase
2310
Weight and Capacities
Minimum Kerbweight
1050
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
45
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
140
No. of Seats
2
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
9.4
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Driving Experience

The design of this 124 Spider may borrow much from Mazda's rival MX-5, but what lies beneath the distinctive bonnet is all Fiat's own. Here, you'll find the brand's proven 1.4-litre MultiAir, turbo-charged four-cylinder petrol engine which delivers 140bhp and 240Nm of torque to the rear wheels via six-speed manual transmission and a compact rear differential. This unit is capable of accelerating to 62mph in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 134mph. If that's not enough, there's a pricey Abarth variant with a 170bhp version of this same engine and a limited slip differential to better get torque to the tarmac. The 124 Spider's suspension uses a double-wishbone layout in front and a multilink set-up in the rear, specifically tuned for greater stability while braking and turning, while the dual-pinion electric power steering system has been specifically tuned to give the Spider a responsive, Italian feel. We've yet to drive the car but it should indeed feel different from its MX-5 rival, if only because Mazda declines to use turbocharged power beneath the bonnet.

Design and Build

Designed in the FIAT Style Centre, the front-end of the 124 Spider aims to encapsulate the essence of its classic predecessor in a modern and bold package. Under the skin, the underpinnings may be borrowed from Mazda's MX-5 (the fabric hood is too) but the Italian brand has done much to give this model its own identity. The profile view is pure classic roadster, with its long wheelbase, a cockpit hunkered low near the driven rear axle and a long bonnet, all tied elegantly together by a horizontal line that emerges from the front wing, kicking up over the rear haunch and flowing toward the tail lamp, aping the distinctive bodywork of the original 124 Spider. The nose of today's version also takes its inspiration from the 1966 original, with the style and position of the LED headlamps and the hexagonal upper grille all drawing heavily from the details of the classic roadster. The bonnet of this car also emulates the twin power domes of its predecessor, while the rear view is defined by two main features: the swallow-tail rear wings, the upper surface of which cascade inward toward the decklid: and the sharp horizontal tail lamps with their distinctive ring shape. An integrated rear spoiler enhances aerodynamic performance, while twin exhaust outlets are a reminder of this car's sporting pedigree.
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