The day most anticipated by many, myself included, has arrived. Returns an icon of the Italian industry, an emblem in itself, the Fiat 124 Spider. The fact that Fiat has recovered a name, almost antidiluviano, is not a coincidence. Fiat appeals to the history to return to offer a convertible race. And that has probably been the reason for which they have entrusted to you, with much success, on the platform of the roadster the world’s most famous, also recently upgraded, the Mazda MX-5. The question we ask is the following: what we are looking at a Mazda MX-5 with a suit Italian? or will the Fiat 124 Spider you will be able to mark the distance, and made to look like a different alternative in the eyes of the customers?
One of the aspects that has worked with Fiat, and note, is its exterior finish. Outside is 100% Italian, although their dimensions may not be able to hide that originally shared a platform with the Mazda MX-5.
The reality is that it jumps to the view. The Fiat 124 Spider for 2016 is presented with a body work completely different, which obviously can not hide its origins in its proportions, the hood lengthened, and above all, the design of the rear.
featuring a front more rounded, a hood more bulky, lenses of western eyes, that we might remember those animated series japanese that round the eyes of their characters to a point almost grotesque. Features a large front grille, with a few optical groups taller and wider in the rear. In short, the Fiat 124 Spider and the Mazda MX-5 are not two drops of water, but also does not conceal a common origin.
Two hits Fiat: to differentiate it aesthetically, and a lot, and opt for a line mechanics – which determine its performance – that is completely different from Mazda. The Fiat 124 Spider is turbo.
According to Fiat, the design of the new 124 Spider is 100% italiano. Each and every one of the outer panels that make up this car are own by Fiat. In its external dimensions, the Italian is about 13 inches long. And pending more data, the Italian could also be about 50 kilograms heavier, a difference equivalent to travel with the tank half full or half empty, although this may not amount to much at the time of the truth if we take into account the engines that used the Fiat 124 Spider.
instead of following the current japan, the respect and the confidence for the naturally aspirated engines, Fiat has opted for choose the heart of a small rebel. The engine 1.4 Turbo Abarth 500, with 160 HP, will take the place of the 2.0 SKYACTIV-G used by the japanese. It will be offered with manual change and automatic change-over, there would be no more.
This is really important, while the difference between a motor’s maximum torque, which for your enjoyment has to be carried to a diet high, and a turbo engine with many low-and middle-and strength in all your arrangements, can influence the performance greatly. The client at the end choose the car that best fit for your eyes, so to speak so colloquially, but we are convinced that between the Italian and the japanese, the turbo and the atmospheric, there will be large differences, significant enough so that each can find their target audience just for this reason.
Where Fiat has not been concerned about differentiate your roadster has been in the cabin, the Fiat 124 Spider is virtually a carbon copy of the Mazda, although it probably would end up making a difference in certain finishes.
On board is perhaps where the similarities are greater. Fiat has not bothered to hide the resemblance between the new 124 Spider and its brother, the Mazda MX-5, at least in your car. The Fiat 124 Spider and the Mazda MX-5, at least in the board, are as like as two drops of water. The layout of the dashboard, and the dashboard, the design of the controls for the climate control, the air vents, etc., etc. If you look with attention, Fiat has not bothered to change the steering wheel. It is exactly the same wheel used by the Mazda MX-5, with the difference that the wings of the Vehicle have been replaced by the emblem of Fiat.
Fiat has not bothered to replace the computer entertainment of Mazda, on the other hand works really well.
And perhaps this, the of worrying only about differentiating the Fiat 124 Spider in its exterior design, and performance of the hand-engines are very different, has been a good decision. Don’t you think?
In any case we are in luck. Fiat returns to have a roadster, with a great pint. The client has the opportunity to choose a roadster with a base MX-5 and a completely different design, so that there is variety. And finally, the Fiat 124 Spider, offers us the opportunity to enjoy a Mazda MX-5 turbo. Which is not trivial.
With which we can not do anything other than to say: “you are welcome Fiat 124 Spider!
Source: Fiat | Via: Autoblog