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An Icon Returns: 2018 Fiat 124 Spider

Introduced last year, the all-new Fiat 124 Spider revives the storied nameplate, bringing its classic Italian styling and performance to a new generation. Paying homage to the original 124 Spider nearly 50 years after its introduction, the rear-drive Fiat 124 Spider delivers the ultimate Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology and safety combined with iconic Italian design.

The new design pays homage to past with a modern interpretation of styling cues. Designed at Centro Stile in Turin, Italy, the new roadster borrows cues from the original Spider. The 124 Spider has a timeless low-slung presence, with a classically beautiful body side, well-balanced proportions and a sporty cabin-to-hood ratio. Features like the hexagonal upper grille and grille pattern, “power domes” on the front hood and sharp horizontal rear lamps call to mind details of the historic Spider.

The 124 Spider is available in two trim levels: Classica and Lusso. Power for the Fiat roadster is generated by the automaker’s 1.4L MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine and is bolted to an Aisin B400 six-speed manual gearbox or a C635 six-speed automatic transmission. The 124 Spider’s suspension uses a double-wishbone layout in front and a multi-link in the rear, specifically tuned for greater stability while braking and turning. Steering is light and responsive with the use of an electric power assist (dual pinion) system.

The steering and suspension setup, lightweight frame, balanced weight distribution and turbocharged engine combine for a dynamic driving experience. Noise vibration and harshness (NVH) enhancements, including an acoustic front windshield and insulation treatments, also help to deliver a refined, quiet ride.

For an open-air driving experience, the Fiat 124 Spider’s soft convertible top is easy to operate and requires minimal force.

Inside the passenger cabin, the interior is crafted and designed to focus on the occupants, with premium soft-touch materials throughout. Ergonomics were applied to emphasize the driving experience and ensure easy operation of the steering wheel, pedals and shifter while driving. The Fiat roadster is also available with technology features for added comfort and convenience, including the FIAT Connect 7.0 system with 7-inch touch screen display, multimedia control, Bluetooth connectivity, heated seats and Keyless Enter ‘n Go. A Bose premium sound system with nine speakers, including dual headrest speakers, is also available for superior sound quality even with the top down.

The all-new roadster is available with an array of safety and security features, including adaptive front headlamps, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection and ParkView rear backup camera. A high-strength body helps to dissipate energy while optimizing occupant protection.

Dimensions & specifications
Wheelbase: 90.9; overall length: 159.6; width: 68.5; height: 48.5
All vehicle measurements are in inches.

Engine: 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder – 160 hp at 5500 rpm and 184 lbs-ft of torque at 3200 rpm.
Transmission: six-speed manual, six-speed automatic
EPA Fuel Economy: 26 city/35 hwy. (manual); 25 city/36 hwy. (automatic)
Cargo capacity: 4.94 cubic feet

Safety features
Dual front airbags, front seat mounted side-impact airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, traction control, electronic stability control, remote keyless entry, engine immobilizer, push button engine start, daytime running lights, Bluetooth hands free phone system, and tire pressure monitoring system. Lusso adds remote proximity entry, automatic headlamps, rain sensitive windshield wipers, ParkSense rear park assist, and ParkView rear backup camera.

Optional safety features include: adaptive LED headlights, blind sport monitoring and rear cross path detection, security alarm, universal garage door opener, and navigation system.

Basic: 4-year/50,000 mile
Corrosion: 5-year/100,000 mile
Roadside Assistance: 4-year/unlimited 24-hour

The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price for the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider convertible starts from $24,995 for the Classica and $27,595 for the Lusso. Destination charges add $1,245.00.

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Ken Chester, Jr.

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