UK appraisement for the new Fiat 124 Spider has been announced. The new two-seater sports car will alpha at £19,545, which is about £1,100 added than its Mazda MX-5 counterpart. Three trim levels will be available: Classica, Lusso and Lusso Plus.
All models will appear with air-conditioning, keyless start, cruise control, an infotainment arrangement with USB and Bluetooth connectivity and 16-inch admixture auto as standard. Mid-range Lusso trim, priced at £22,295, will bandy in a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment arrangement – a £500 advantage on abject Classico blueprint – forth with sat-nav, a abandoning camera, acrimonious covering seats and keyless entry. The abundant Lusso Plus, priced at £23,295, adds automated LED headlights and a BOSE stereo system.
A 124 Spider Ceremony Edition was advised to admire the 50th ceremony of the actualization of the aboriginal auto in 1966, and amount from £23,295, but it has already awash out.
The aboriginal time we saw the 124 Spider in the beef was at the 2015 LA Motor Show. The Mazda MX-5-based 124 was accepted by Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne beforehand this year, afterwards our absolute adventure appear the firm’s plans.
The best apparent affection is the front-end, with a decidedly best beanie than the fourth-gen Mazda MX-5 on which it is based. With agnate accommodation to a BMW Z4, the 124 gets a bulging jawline, hexagonal grille and caved-in LED headlamps, while at the ancillary you can acutely see the MX-5 underpinnings.
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The rear end is absolutely altered to the Japanese roadster, too, with hints of the old Dodge Viper in the design. Fiat says it is authentic by two capital features: the ‘seagull’ wings that abatement inwards appear the bootlid, and a aciculate accumbent appendage lamps, which answer those on the new Fiat 500 supermini. You’ll additionally acquisition a baby addle-brain and accompanying exhausts – both hinting at the car’s antic potential. We apprehend the forthcoming Abarth version (confirmed by Auto Express beforehand this year) to attending alike added racy.
Moving central and the berth is actual agnate to the Mazda. Every dial, about-face and bulge is identical to those you’ll acquisition in the MX-5, with the aforementioned seven-inch colour affectation on the birr controlled by the hinge caster on the centre console. Like the MX-5, the 124’s roof is operated by hand, with no electric option.
Fiat will canal Mazda’s naturally-aspirated 1.5 and 2.0-litre engines for its own 1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir petrol agent from the 500 Abarth. With 138bhp and 240Nm of torque it’s liekly to be faster than the MX-5, and a added able 160bhp adaptation will be offered in the US, admitting there’s no chat yet on whether this will appear to the UK. All British cars appear with a six-speed chiral transmission.
Standard accessories will accommodate Bluetooth, USB connectivity and a six-speaker stereo, while an added bureaucracy appearance a seven-inch touchscreen sat-nav, DAB and a abandoning camera. Upgrades accommodate a nine-speaker Bose stereo.
The Fiat 124 Spider will go on auction in the UK ‘during the added bisected of 2016’, with prices and exact specs due at a after date. Due to ability and blueprint capacity accessible now, we apprehend the 124 to sit amid the 1.5 and 2.0 MX-5s, with prices from about £20,000.
As allotment of the collective adventure acceding with Mazda, both the Fiat 124 Spider and the Mazda MX-5 are to be fabricated at Mazda’s branch in Hiroshima, Japan. The acceding amid Fiat and Mazda was that the MX-5 will barrage aboriginal and booty centre date in 2015, with Fiat’s another alms advancing 12 months after in 2016 – that agency we should see the Fiat barrage in summer abutting year.
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Being based on the MX-5, the new Fiat Spider will, of course, allotment assertive key apparatus such as the wheelbase and failing anatomy with its Mazda stablemate.
This agency the new auto will counterbalance in at beneath than 1,000kg, while for the Abarth adaptation the 1.4-litre agent could be acquainted to “200[bhp] after issue”. On top of the added power, apprehend the Abarth to get stiffer suspension, added advancing administration and bigger brakes.
Given that the basal MX-5 has aloof 129bhp and does 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds, a 200bhp-plus adaptation could action 18-carat Porsche Boxster-rivalling performance.
Our antecedent additionally hinted that a lightweight, added affordable, Caterham 160-style archetypal could be on the cards. This would accept animate auto and a “mechanically sensible” powertrain. It would be bare of annihilation non-essential, though, with a focus on back-to-basics, rear-wheel-drive handling.
Prices and specs will be accepted nearer the time, but accustomed the predicted ability increases over the MX-5, we brainstorm a starting amount of aloof over £20,000.
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