After nearly 50 years since its famous predecessor was introduced to the world, the Fiat 124 Spider is back! Taking inspiration from the 1966 original, the new Fiat 124 Spider includes the traditional style and attitude that the vehicle is renowned for, whilst adding advanced features to appeal to a new generation.
Outside, the new Fiat 124 Spider maintains its edgy styling with horizontal lines emerging from the front wing which glide up over the rear side and flow towards the tail lamp. Further details maintained from the classic roadster are a hexagonal upper grille and the positioning of the LED headlamps.
The bonnet also imitates the twin power domes of the second generation Fiat 124 Spider, while the rear view is defined by two main features, the “seagull” style wings and the pointed horizontal tail lamps, which now integrate the latest body-coloured insert styling recently found on the new Fiat 500.
In keeping with the exterior, the inside of the new Fiat 124 Spider flows in Italian styling with a strong focus on the driver. Premium, low-slung and lightweight seats ensure the driver is not only comfortable but also aligned perfectly with the sporty steering wheel, pedals and gear-shifter. Throughout the cabin soft-touch materials and unique detailing can be found to really set the new Roadstar apart, along with a three-gauge instrument cluster for extra excitement.
Attention to detail is maintained in the soft top roof, with spring-assisted opening and closing – eradicating the need for a power assist system. Fiat’s optimised reward-mounted windscreen frame means that with the roof retracted and windows rolled down the vehicle minimises wind striking occupants, as well as improving the overall aerodynamics of the car
Powering the new Fiat 124 Spider is a 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo engine which produces 140hp and 240Nm of torque. Specially optimised for this high torque output is a swift six-speed manual transmission which drives the rear wheels for the first time. The MultAir engine ensures high responsiveness whilst lowering fuel consumption under low or medium load.
Essential to the dynamic capabilities of the Fiat 124 Spider is its lightweight body structure thanks to aluminium, high-tensile steel and innovative engineering. Underpinning the whole structure is a strong backbone frame comprised of robust, straight beams. A front sub-frame and rear cross unites the backbone to the front and rear sections, resulting in a structure that is light, safe and firm.
The new Fiat 124 Spider is packed with intelligent technologies to enhance the driving experience as well as keeping occupants safe. The three-gauge cluster ensures all important information is fed directly to the driver, with the standard infotainment unit offering a generous level of equipment including USB and Aux input, six speakers and Bluetooth connectivity. Higher spec versions will see the addition of a seven-inch touchscreen display, DAB digital radio, two USB ports, multi-media control, a reversing camera and 3D navigation system. A Bose premium sound system with nine speakers is also an additional option offered.
Fiat has not forgotten about safety with the new 124 Spider, with the model being engineered to meet the highest safety standards. The strong body of the vehicle provides excellent impact-absorption with highly innovative design for frontal, side and rear impact. As standard the new Fiat 124 Spider comes with a number of safety features including Pedestrian-friendly “active” bonnet, stability control, traction control and rollover mitigation. Features such as adaptive headlamps, reversing camera, rain-sensitive wipers, keyless entry ‘n’ go and voice-operated infotainment and navigation systems will be standard or optional dependant on grade.
The new Fiat 124 Spider is expected to go on sale in the UK during the second half of 2016 with pricing and final specifications to be announced nearer to the date,
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