2017 Fiat 124 Spider

2017 Fiat 124 Spider
2017 Fiat 124 Spider

2017 Fiat 124 Spider


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 26 mpg City, 35 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.4 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 164 HP
  • Transmission: Manual (standard)
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 2
  • Doors: 2

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What You Will Like

The FIAT 124 Spider has a base price of just below $25,000. For that money, there are very few convertibles available and fewer still that claim to be actual sports cars. In fact, the only two top-down performance cars at a somewhat similar price are the Mazda Miata and the Ford Mustang. While the Mustang might have a tiny bit of straight line speed on the 124 Spider, it's a much bigger and heavier vehicle which negatively impacts handling. The Miata on the other hand is nearly the exact same size and weight as the FIAT, in fact the two cars share many parts with each other. The FIAT however, costs almost exactly the same amount, comes with a turbocharged engine and has a cheeky Italian personality (with better looks to boot!) So why not go with the more exclusive 124 Spider?

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What's New For 2017

The FIAT 124 Spider is a new car for 2017. It is the first FIAT to be sold in the U.S. that isn't a part of the (growing) 500 lineup since FIAT's return to the American market. The 124 Spider takes the carefree, fun filled attitude of the 500 Abarth and turns it up a couple of notches. While the 500 Abarth is a sports car in a practical subcompact hatchback body, the 124 Spider is a sports car in a sports car body. The new Spider makes very few compromises in its pursuit of driving enjoyment.


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Specifications for 2017 Fiat 124 Spider

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Side Airbag Head Extension
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
    • ParkView Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Fixed Antenna
    • Wireless Streaming
    • 4 Speakers
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and External Memory Control
    • Radio: AM/FM Bluetooth w/7" Display
  • Exterior Features
    • Tires: P205/45VR17 3 Season Performance
    • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Black Side Windows Trim, Metal-Look Front Windshield Trim and Black Rear Window Trim
    • Metal-Look Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Manual Convertible Top w/Lining, Glass Rear Window and Fixed Wind Blocker
    • Black Grille
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • LED Brakelights
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Front Fog Lamps
    • Wheels: 17" x 7" Gun Metallic Aluminum
  • Interior Features
    • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • Manual Tilt Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Sport Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Cargo Access
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Automatic Air Conditioning
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
    • Leather/Microfiber Sport Seats
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Interior Accents and Leatherette Upholstered Dashboard
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Full Floor Console w/Locking Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
    • Instrument Panel Bin and Interior Concealed Storage
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Down
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Fixed Front Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
    • Driver And Passenger Heated-Cushion, Driver And Passenger Heated-Seatback
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 1.4L I4 MultiAir Turbo
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
    • 50 State Emissions
    • Rear-Wheel Drive
    • 3.45 Axle Ratio
    • Engine Oil Cooler
    • 450CCA Maintenance-Free Battery
    • 150 Amp Alternator
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Sport Tuned Suspension
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 11.9 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Mechanical Limited Slip Differential

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 4.9
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 450
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 150
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - EAM
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 1.4 L/83
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 164 @ 5500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 184 @ 2500
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 90.9
    • Length, Overall (in) - 159.6
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 68.5
    • Height, Overall (in) - 48.5
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 58.9
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 59.1
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 11.9
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 2
    • Front Head Room (in) - 37.4
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 43.1
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 52.1
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 52
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 30
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 26
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 35
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 30.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - FIAT 124 Spider
    • Body Style - Convertible
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - TPW
    • Rear Tire Order Code - TPW
    • Front Tire Size - P205/45VR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P205/45VR17
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - DAG
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.36
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.35
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.65
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.26
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.84
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.86
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.45
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Two-Seaters
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 5.9
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2436
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Photos & Colors


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Available Colors

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  • Bianco Gelato (White) Bianco Perla (White Tri-Coat) Grigio Argento (Aluminum) Nero Cinema (Jet Black) Rosso (Red)
  • Bianco Gelato (White)
  • Bianco Perla (White Tri-Coat)
  • Grigio Argento (Aluminum)
  • Nero Cinema (Jet Black)
  • Rosso (Red)

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The proportions are classic and so is the name, which conjures up memories of the sweet little roadster that graced Fiat showrooms from 1966 to 1982, and later reappeared as the Pininfarina Spider from 1983 to 1985.

Although the 2017 Fiat 124 owes as much to Japan as it does to Italy, it’s true to the spirit of the original, a two-seater with equal measures of style and sports car purity. Make that affordable sports car purity.

The Japanese part of the story comes from Mazda, the engineering source for the Fiat 124’s chassis, which is shared with the MX-5 Miata. The cooperative engineering makes all kinds of financial sense for Fiat, which was saved the expense of developing its own sports car architecture from scratch.

From the point of view of the finished product, this is a very good thing. The Miata has been exemplary in terms of structure through its first three generations, and the latest chassis is not only far more rigid, it’s also substantially lighter. Underway, the handling is beautifully balanced. Thus Fiat engineers were able to skip directly to suspension tuning.

The shared engineering has led some to adopt an invidious nickname for the new roadster—Fiata—but this is too glib by half. Although the platform, convertible top, and some interior elements are shared with the Miata, the sheetmetal is all Fiat, and the turbocharged 1.4-liter engine comes from the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) inventory.

Mazda Miata and Fiat 124 Spider share the same 90.9-inch wheelbase, but the Fiat is 5.5 inches longer overall than the Mazda, and fractionally wider. That shows at the scales, adding about 100 pounds to the Fiat version. A little of the added weight can be attributed to sound deadening and the Fiat’s turbocharged engine, but most of it can be written down to style.

The Miata’s skin fits like Spandex, while the Fiat’s exhibits character lines on the side panels, a higher decklid (sheltering a slightly bigger trunk), a longer hood, with a hexagonal upper grille reminiscent of the original 124.

It adds up to a striking Italianate design, with no exterior resemblance to the Miata. Add competitive dynamics and surprisingly attractive pricing and you have a very tempting sports car proposition.


The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is available in three trim levels: Classico ($24,995); the more luxurious Lusso ($27,495); and the performance-oriented Abarth ($28,195). There is also a launch version, the Prima Edizione, consisting of the first 124 cars, collectable and probably sold out ($35,000).

As the pricing suggests, the Classico is the base model, the Lusso (automatic only) is more lavishly equipped including handsome leather seats, and the Abarth that includes Bilstein shock absorbers, limited-slip differential, sport mode that alters the engine controls for added punch, and other performance enhancements. There will also be several Mopar chassis enhancements available in the fall, as well as a high performance exhaust and turbo bypass air valve. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge ($995).


The Fiat 124 strikes an attractive balance between its revered predecessor, combining classic sports car proportions and contemporary styling trends. The hexagonal grille, headlight scoops, and hood details recall the original 124, while the strong bodyside character line, high rear deck, rear spoiler, and modern alloy wheels (16 inches on the Classico, 17 on the higher trims) are from today’s design playbook.

Mazda’s convertible top, easy to operate with one hand, easily secured with a single windshield header latch, transfers to the Italian job almost unchanged, which is good, since it is beyond reproach in terms of operational simplicity. However, fabric of the Fiat top is more substantial, for additional sound insulation. Also, the 124 does not adopt the Miata’s new hard top option, at least not yet.


The Fiat 124 cockpit is distinguished by a Fiat instrument package, Fiat-designed inner door panels, soft touch materials, Fiat-specified cloth upholstery in the Classico version, and elegantly stitched Italian leather in higher trim levels.

And of course there is the availability of navigation and connectivity, with readouts on the little screen jutting from the top of the center dash, a la Miata. The Miata’s twin rollover hoops, set behind the seats, also persist.

Although the 124 is longer than the Miata, that extra dimension doesn’t affect the cockpit. It’s snug, particularly on the passenger side, exactly like the Miata. FCA development engineers claim abundant room for occupants of generous vertical dimensions, but we suspect folks exceeding six feet could find themselves challenged, particularly with the top up.

On the other hand, with the top up, the 124 seems to be quieter than the Miata. Fiat’s noise suppression efforts pay off quite well.

Driving Impressions

What do you expect of sports car? Level cornering? Feline reflexes? Eager responses? Quick steering with laser accuracy? The car as an extension of the driver’s will?

The 124 checks all the boxes, and scores a few bonus points. For example, with the top down the cockpit is fairly free of turbulence up to 80-plus miles per hour. Baseball hats stay on. Conversation is possible, albeit at voice levels well above living room decibels. With the top up, the interior is surprisingly quiet; wind noise doesn’t become a real issue until speeds advance beyond legal limits.

And for all its athleticism, the 124 is reasonably supple in the ride department, at least in Classico and Lusso versions. The Abarth version was available only for an autocross, set up in a stadium parking lot, where it performed impressively but provided no real sense of what it would be like to live with day to day.

The Lusso version, our main ride during our Southern California preview, was pleasant enough, although the 6-speed automatic transmission leaves something to be desired for this sports car application. Shifting is smooth, but leisurely, and the manual function, achieved by moving the shift lever fore and aft, yields similar unhurried responses.

The 6-speed manual, which is from the Miata inventory, is far more satisfying, with crisp engagements and a sweet clutch.

Thrust from the 1.4-liter turbo, 160 horsepower (164 in the Abarth version), 184 pound-feet of torque, is respectable, and there’s enough of it, particularly torque, to offset the 124’s extra mass. It’s the first application of this Fiat engine in a rear-wheel-drive chassis, and if it doesn’t rev as enthusiastically as the Miata’s naturally aspirated 1.5-liter four, there’s enough low-end punch to deliver sprints that should be pretty similar to those posted by its counterpart from Hiroshima. Let’s say 0-to-60 in about 6 seconds.

The bottom line: sports car fun with a welcome overlay of refinement.


The Fiat 124 Spider is a delightful sports car that will be a welcome addition to Fiat showrooms when it arrives this summer. The Miata may be a little more of an athlete, although the jury is still out on that score. But the 124 holds the edge in comfort and style. What’s more important to you? Nice to have a choice, isn’t it?

New Car Test Drive founding editor Tony Swan filed this report after his test drive of the Fiat 124 in Southern California.

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