It has been thirty two years since the last 124 Spider Roadsters have been sold in the United States. With that many years, there is still 8,000 Fiat 124 Spider’s still registered and on the road today. 2017 will mark the change of that streak with multiple models available for Spider fans to choose from. In the beginning of July, the first roadsters have reached the shores of Baltimore and San Diego and are making their way to dealerships. This vehicle is the least expensive turbo-powered convertible available on the market.
The power plant is a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine with a strong reputation. This is the first application of this power plant in a rear wheel drive vehicle. Depending upon which model is selected, the engine can produce 160 horsepower with 184 lb.-ft. of torque for the Classica and Lusso editions. For the Abarth edition, the motor provides 164 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. They both are available with either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. Fuel efficiency is excellent with both transmission options providing 25 city and 36 mpg highway for the automatic transmission. The manual transmission provides 26 miles per gallon for the city with a 35 with highway driving.
An enjoyable driving experience is provided with its suspension system. The rear uses a multi-link suspension, while the front uses a double-wishbone suspension coupled with stabilizer bars. Driver related features for safety can include up to blind-spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, and a backup camera. Additional features can add keyless entry and ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, heated seats, and a specialized entertainment system with Pandora, Stitcher, and Aha apps with the Fiat Connect system. The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Roadster starts around $24,995 and can be found at dealers such as Brown Daub Fiat.