Fiat Chrysler is taking direct aim at the Mazda Miata with its all-new 124 Spider roadster. How do we know? Because it’s priced the Spider in the same ballpark.
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Classica will start around $24,995, just a tad higher than the 2016 Miata MX-5 which has a base of $24,915. The rest of the Spider lineup includes the mid-level Lusso starting at $27,495 and top-of-the-line Abarth starting at $28,195. If you opt for one of the first Spiders to hit the road, 124 limited edition Prima Edizione Lusso models, you’ll shell out the most at a cool $35,000.
So how do the Spider and Miata compare in the power department? Well, the Spider does have a slight edge.
The Spider comes standard with a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine. It’s good for 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque or 165 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque depending on the model. The Miata delivers 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque and comes with Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT under the hood.
As far as the transmission goes, both roadsters offer the choice between a manual or automatic.
Here’s a closer look at the 124 Spider lineup:
The base Spider model is the Classica. It features dual-tip exhaust, black roll bar finish, and body-color header, side sills and door handles. The vehicle also comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, cloth seats, halogen headlamps and LED tail lamps. Inside, soft-touch materials on the instrument panel are highlighted with light silver accents.
The Lusso “Luxury” model adds standard 17-inch alloy wheels, silver-painted A-pillar header and roll-bar cover and dual-tip chrome exhaust. The interior features heated premium leather seats and a leatherette-wrapped cluster brow.
The Abarth is the most performance-oriented with the most horsepower. Features include a front and rear Bilstein sport suspension, mechanical limited-slip differential, front strut tower bar, Sport Mode selector and sport-tuned chrome quad-tip exhaust with the world-renowned Abarth sound. It comes with 17-inch Gun Metal aluminum wheels, Gun Metal exterior accents and an available hand-painted hood stripe. Other available features include a Brembo braking system and Recaro seats for added sportiness.
The Fiat 124 Spider arrives this summer.
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