A heavily camouflaged Fiat 124 Spider test mule has been spied high altitude testing in production guise, courtesy of TFLcar.
Based on the fourth generation Mazda MX-5, the Fiat 124 Spider will mark the revival of the 1966 Fiat 124 Sport Spider. However, unlike the 124 Sport Spider that had a 2+2 seating configuration, the 124 Spider would be a two seater. Where we’ll see familiarity is probably be in the more expressive curves that also give it the much needed distinctiveness compared to the Mazda.
The Fiat 124 Spider is said to weigh as low as under 1,000 kg. As the Mazda MX-5 is offered with a 1.5-litre petrol engine, the Fiat 124 Spider is expected to be offered with a comparable small petrol engine, which could be the the 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo unit offered on many of FCA’s B- and C-Size cars.
Unlike the Mazda version, the Fiat will have a performance variant that will be sold under the Abarth sub-brand. The Abarth 124 Spider was confirmed by FCA CEO (for EMEA) Alfredo Altavilla in July. Reports say that it will be powered by a detuned version of the Alfa Romeo 4C’s 237-hp 1.75 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Another possibility is that the 180-hp 1.4-litre T-Jet turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Abarth 595 Competizione could be offered with revised outputs.
The Fiat 124 Spider is set to go on sale in Europe next year. Olivier Francois, Head of Fiat brand and Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the Group Executive Council (GEC) suggests that its official debut would happen at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March and there maybe an online reveal before.
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