The 2018 Fiat 124 Spider pays loyalty to a strange 124 Spider, introduced 50 years ago and regenerated with classical Italian styling and performance.
The ultimate Italian roadster knowledge is a multiple of record and safety, with pushing fad and iconic design.
The 124 Spider reinterprets pattern cues from a original, one of Fiat’s many pleasing cars, with a low-slung profile, classically pleasing physique sides, offset proportions and sporty cabin-to-hood ratio.
Three models are available: a bare-bones Classica ($24,995), a more-comprehensively versed Lusso ($27,495) and, for opening enthusiasts, a assertive Abarth ($28,195).
All models come customary with a MultiAir Turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with twin intercoolers and an atmosphere intake; a engine’s initial focus in a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, producing best-in-class 160 horsepower in a Classica and Lusso, and 164 hp in a Abarth. A six-speed primer delivery or an discretionary six-speed involuntary sends energy to a back wheels.
Options packages for a Lusso and Abarth have been updated for 2018, permitting business some-more flexibility.
One package, a Technology and SiriusXM Group ($1,295), is accessible for a bottom Classica. Comfort and Convenience, Navigation and Sound and Visibility Groups are accessible for Lusso and Abarth.
The all-new Red Top Edition is accessible for a Lusso, and red Brembo four-wheel front opening brakes are accessible for a prohibited Abarth.
Three new extraneous colors are accessible for 2018: Puro Bianco Perla (tri-coat white pearl for $595), Grigio Chiaro (silver metallic) and Blu Scuro (dark-blue metallic). Up to 8 extraneous colors are available, depending on a indication chosen.
My 124 Spider Abarth was Grigio Chiaro with red-stitched Nero Black leather and microfiber competition seats, propitious with a sox-speed Aisin involuntary transmission, roving on 17-inch Gun Metallic aluminum wheels with three-season opening tires.
The Brembo brakes ($1,495) peeked by a 5 V-shaped spokes. Gun Metal extraneous accents (rearview mirrors, headlight and DRL housings) combined sportiness, along with singular aggressive-looking front and back fascia. Wide rectilinear LED taillights were easy to see.
Abarth shields punctuated a case lid and a center of a creased hood, with smaller representations in red on a circle heart covers.
Abarth is an Italian racing- and road-car manufacturer founded by Carlo Abarth. The defense shows a black, stylized scorpion on a yellow and red background. A hand-painted Heritage Racing Stripe is accessible for $1,995.
A performance-tuned cessation (specifically tuned for larger fortitude during braking and turning), limited-slip differential and a pushing mode selector with Sport and Normal modes were standard. A sport-tuned empty with 4 dark-chrome tips combined a world-renowned Abarth sound.
Choosing a involuntary delivery combined $1,350, and enclosed a leather-wrapped change doorknob and steering circle paddle shifters. The Aisin delivery supposing well-spoken full-throttle launches and discerning upshifts and downshifts, delivering a more-direct feel in response to acceleration.
The petite 124 Spider Abarth was fun to drive, and could conduct 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds. Once adult to highway speed, overtaking was discerning and easy.
Handling was nimble, even darty during highway speeds, with minimal physique roll-in turns. Braking was organisation and straight.
My Abarth was mileage-rated for 25 mpg city and 36 highway, and we managed 32.4 mpg pushing mostly on a highway.
With $5,335 in options and $995 in end charges, my 124 Spider Abarth delivered for $34,525.