First unveiled at the LA Motor Show 2015, the Fiat 124 Spider is also on show at the Detroit Motor Show 2016 and GTspirit went out to check the vehicle.
Based on the Mazda MX-5, the new 124 Spider is unlike any other car in the current Fiat range and thanks to its sleek design, looks undeniably Italian. Under the hood of the Fiat 124 Spider is a 1.4-litre MultiAir turbocharged engine that deliver 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.
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.
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