Nearly 50 years have passed since the introduction of the original; now the FIAT 124 Spider is back! Loyal to its name, the brand new FIAT 124 Spider brings up the classic Italian style and the driving pleasure to this generation with its potent turbo-charged petrol engine, refined suspension and a conventional rear-wheel drive layout.
Having been designed at Centro Stile in Turn, Italy, the new FIAT 124 Spider was inspired by its 1966 original predecessor in terms of proportions, stance and details. This new creation has a horizontal line emerging from the front wing, passing up above the rear haunch and coming in towards the tail lamp as it pays homage to the original’s concept design.
The distinctive style and position of the LED headlamps and the hexagonal form of the upper grille resemble the classic roadster and has many of its signature details as well. The bonnet of the latest FIAT 124 Spider resembles the twin power domes of this car’s second generation (a functional design inspired by the need of fitting its bigger engines).
Meanwhile, its rear view has two primary features: the ‘”seagull” wings whose upper surface is falling towards the decklid, and its sharp horizontal tail lamps. These lamps utilize a new FIAT style of inserts in the same color as the body similar to those offered with the new Fiat 500.
The rear spoiler of the FIAT 124 Spider improves its aerodynamic design while its twin exhaust outlets allow this car’s engine to perform better. The FIAT 124 Spider’s interior (matching its external design) merges Italian style with that of a classic driver-focused roadster.
Its low-slung seats are made out of a lightweight structure composed of a unique foam shape covered in high quality upholstery, allowing the driver to sit in such a way that he or she is aligned and can steer the wheel properly as well as handle the pedals and the gear-shifter comfortably.
Meanwhile, the three-gauge instrument cluster is made of soft-touch materials and is designed with artistic and unique details to delight the senses of any driver, setting the FIAT 124 Spider apart for its quality and elegance, honoring the best Italian traditions.
The attention-oriented philosophy of the automaker in designing this car is evident in the soft top opening mechanics, which uses springs to open and close rather than counting on a power assisted system. Its automatic windows open and close when the header-real lock levers are operating.
Seats are designed with the roof operation system in mind as well since its narrow shoulder bolster will let the upper body move freely, allowing complete roof operation from the driver’s seat. The aerodynamics of the rearward-mounted windscreen frame is designed to optimize the flow of air above the heads of the occupants and towards the rear of the car while the roof is retracted and the windows are down, aiming to reduce the air striking the passengers and minimizing the drafts buffering from behind.
Reduction of noise, vibration and harshness are important parts that the automaker took into consideration when designing this piece as well. The specially-tune engine mounts, carefully engineered isolation of the transmission and differential, the suspension components of differing resonances, the aerodynamic and efficient design of the rear edge of the hood and even the little details such as the positioning of the mounting seatbelt have been developed and built to answer the design considerations mentioned previously.
The soft top of the 124 Spider also answers its noise reduction needs. It is fitted with a headliner inside the vehicle to enhance the noise absorption and there is also a rear package mat to provide insulation and absorb even more sound.
FIAT 124 Spider is not only a model that brings back the old memories of the roof-down-style. The vehicle is powered by the 1.4 liter MultiAir Turbo engine which is able to reach up to 140hp of power at 240Nm of torque. See how powerful the North American version: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider.
For the first time on the Spider, it is available with a lightweight, quick-shifting six-speed manual transmission, designed to meet the needs of its high torque engine. The MultiAir induction system ensures excellent response across the rev range while lowering the consumption of fuel under medium to low load. The engine’s positioning near the center of the car reduces the yaw inertia of the car, improving its maneuverability.
This car’s suspension is comprised of a double-wishbone front and multilink rear arrangement, with a rear set-up engineered specially to increase toe-in under cornering forces in order to improve the stability of the car. The straight steering shaft is positioned in order to gain more linear and positive steering responsiveness. It relies on an electric power-assist (dual-pinion) system that provides light, consistent and responsive steering characteristics.
New FIAT 124 Spider offers to the customers a wide range of technological advances to improve the driving experience while keeping the passengers safe. The most important information is displayed to the drivers through its beautifully designed three-gauge cluster composed by an analogue tachometer in the center, a speedometer and an information displayer.
The standard infotainment unit offers an USB/auxiliary input, six speaker and Bluetooth compatibility while the enhanced version comes with a seven-inch touchscreen display, DAB digital radio, two USB ports, multimedia control, a reversing camera and a 3D navigation system, with phone calls, music and navigation all voice-controlled. A Bose premium sound system with nine speakers, including twin headrest speakers per seat and a subwoofer, is also available as an option.
The system also provides drivers with access to Aha and Stitcher Internet radio apps via Bluetooth connectivity. The pleasurable driving experience that the FIAT 124 Spider offers doesn’t come at the cost of the passenger’s safety.
Quite the contrary, this concept is built to meet the highest safety standards. Its high strength body is specially engineered to ensure impact absorption. In the event of a frontal impact, the multi-load path structures within the car’s body will distribute the impact’s energy through two main channels, dispersing and absorbing it within special crash structures and across the side sills, B-pillars and central tunnel.
On the other hand, the energy from any possible impact on the sides is handled by a ring like structure that incorporates the rear portion of the sills, rear cross member and setback bars, making the entire body to absorb the collision. Passenger’s safety is ensured by combining the use of high-tensile steel robust structures with strategic deformation control and load distribution channels within the body.