Based around the latest Mazda MX-5, the brand new 2016 Fiat 124 Spider has been released at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2015. The Italian drop-top shares its underpinnings with the MX-5 but utilises a completely bespoke body while also bringing with it a new turbocharged petrol engine.

Power for the Fiat 124 Spider is provided exclusively through a 1.4-litre MultiAir turbocharged engine that pumps out a total of 140 hp and 240 Nm of torque. That engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission driving the rear wheels. Fiat claims that it has positioned the engine in such a way that it improves the weight distribution and therefore results in better handling.

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The body of the Fiat 124 Spider is made from aluminium and high-tensile steel with straight beams providing most of the vehicle’s strength. There are also front sub-frame and rear cross members connecting to these straight beams. Aluminium has been used for the bonnet, boot lid, bulkhead panel, underbody cross-member, front and rear bumper reinforcements and the seatback bars.

For a car focused on the driver as heavily as this, it is logical that Fiat has focused heavily on the suspension system. Ultimately, it has opted for a double-wishbone front and multilink rear arrangement as well as electric power steering.

Exterior wise, the differences between the 124 Spider and the Mazda MX-5 is obvious with completely custom body panels as well as new headlights and taillights. Interestingly, the interior has gone relatively unchanged from the MX-5 meaning it incorporates a simple and stripped-back design.


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