Fiat – Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:04:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Fiat Considering Fixed-Roof Coupe Variant of the 124 Spider: Report http://www.automobilemag.com/news/fiat-considering-fixed-roof-coupe-variant-124-spider-report/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/fiat-considering-fixed-roof-coupe-variant-124-spider-report/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:51:50 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=983176 Are you sick of the Toyota 86 and the Subaru BRZ yet? If you want a brand-new, low-cost, fixed-roof four-cylinder coupe, those are unfortunately your only two options in the U.S. However, if a new Autocar report is to be believed, that might not be the case for much longer, as Fiat mulls over a hard-top...

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Are you sick of the Toyota 86 and the Subaru BRZ yet? If you want a brand-new, low-cost, fixed-roof four-cylinder coupe, those are unfortunately your only two options in the U.S. However, if a new Autocar report is to be believed, that might not be the case for much longer, as Fiat mulls over a hard-top 124 sports car.

According to the report, the 124 coupe would serve to widen the gap between the Mazda Miata, the little roadster that provides the bones of the 124 Spider. The coupe would eschew the roof mechanism from the upcoming Miata RF targa, and instead feature a roofline not dissimilar from the bygone Z4 Coupe.

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Autocar says some stylistic hints can be found in the wickedly-cool Fiat 124 Rally concept (pictured above) that debuted alongside the Abarth variants in Geneva. The report suggests that other sources expect the not-yet-confirmed coupe to sport a highly restyled rear-end, with a trunk accessed through an integrated rear window.

Power-wise, the coupe would likely only be offered stateside with the sporty Abarth engine under the front hood, packing the same 178 hp offered from the Spider. If the costs were kept low, Fiat might create the perfect Italian alternative to the Toyobaru twins.

We’ll report back with any further news we hear of this new Fiat sports car.

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This 1969 Fiat 850 Sport is Possibly the Coolest First Car We’ve Seen http://www.automobilemag.com/news/1969-fiat-850-sport-possibly-coolest-first-car-weve-seen/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/1969-fiat-850-sport-possibly-coolest-first-car-weve-seen/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:34:41 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=982538 No matter what cars come after, your first car is always your most special. Just ask 19-year-old Loïc Maschi, the subject of the newest Petrolicious video. His little 1969 Fiat 850 was one of the driving forces behind his overwhelming passion for vintage cars. He claims it all started with a toy car from when...

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No matter what cars come after, your first car is always your most special. Just ask 19-year-old Loïc Maschi, the subject of the newest Petrolicious video. His little 1969 Fiat 850 was one of the driving forces behind his overwhelming passion for vintage cars.

He claims it all started with a toy car from when he was just six months old. As he grew up, he incubated his passion by covering vintage car events and rallies, culminating in the purchase of the 1969 Fiat featured in the video.

1969 Fiat 850 Sport Petrolicious rear three quarters

He purchased the Fiat at 16 years old, a good while before he even had a full license. In the interim period between learners permit and license, his parents tagged along while he drove the 850 around town.

Eventually, he began repairing little odds and ends around the car, snowballing to a full-bore restoration job. As the Fiat became more and more disassembled, Maschi’s parents believed the car would never find its way back together. He took this as a challenge, and despite some setbacks with shoddy paintwork from an unscrupulous body shop, he finished the car right on time to display at a Concours he was invited to. On the show green, he was proud to show the car to his parents the complete car for the first time since disassembly.

Check out Maschi’s gorgeous little 1969 Fiat 850 in the newest episode of Petrolicious below.

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Buy a Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, Get Free Driving Lessons at Bondurant http://www.automobilemag.com/news/buy-fiat-124-spider-abarth-get-free-driving-lessons-bondurant/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/buy-fiat-124-spider-abarth-get-free-driving-lessons-bondurant/#respond Sat, 20 Aug 2016 00:30:07 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=979808 The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving recently dumped its long-time association with GM and the Chevrolet Corvette to partner with FCA. Along with adding FCA products like the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat to its fleet of student cars, Bondurant will also offer free driving instruction to every person who buys a...

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The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving recently dumped its long-time association with GM and the Chevrolet Corvette to partner with FCA. Along with adding FCA products like the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat to its fleet of student cars, Bondurant will also offer free driving instruction to every person who buys a Fiat 124 Spider Abarth or 500 Abarth.

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Customers who purchase or lease an Abarth model will receive a complimentary one-day course at the Bondurant school. Bondurant offers a similar program to buyers of 2015-2016 SRT models, and extended the same deal to new Corvette owners before the FCA partnership was forged. But those who don’t own an Abarth can still get in on the fun. Bondurant is adding a number of 500 Abarth and 124 Spider Abarth cars to its fleet as part of its Fiat Trackside and Road Rally programs. The Trackside program includes classroom instruction and skid, slalom, and autocross exercises. The day concludes with a team rallycross event and hot laps on the track. The optional second day takes students on a road rally spanning 180-220 miles of scenic Arizona highway. A morning coffee break and lunch are included.

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In addition to those courses, the Fiat 124 Abarth will be featured in a special race series for Fiat Trackside members. The program begins in November, but Abarth owners can get more information starting in September by entering their VIN here.

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2016 Macchine Italiane Rally at the Lane Motor Museum http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2016-macchine-italiane-rally-lane-motor-museum/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2016-macchine-italiane-rally-lane-motor-museum/#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:00:43 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=967847 As the Ford F-150 rushed past me, the mustachioed driver howling obscenities, I continued to white-knuckle the pencil-thin steering wheel of the 1939 Fiat. I maneuvered the pre-war roadster through moderate traffic, praying not only for a clean shift into the next gear but an extra ounce of power from the 0.9-liter four-cylinder. Sitting astride...

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As the Ford F-150 rushed past me, the mustachioed driver howling obscenities, I continued to white-knuckle the pencil-thin steering wheel of the 1939 Fiat. I maneuvered the pre-war roadster through moderate traffic, praying not only for a clean shift into the next gear but an extra ounce of power from the 0.9-liter four-cylinder. Sitting astride the microscopic Italian barchetta, I felt embroiled in the middle of the Mille Miglia, with bright sun, missing roof, and conspicuous lack of seat belts. Only, this wasn’t the Mille Miglia; I was 5,000 miles from Brescia, at the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennesse.

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Just as spring began to roll into summer, the Lane opened its paddocks to wide-eyed journalists. This was the Macchine Italiane rally, a celebration of what the Lane calls “the Italian motoring spirit.” For those who have yet to make the pilgrimage down to the Lane, shame on you. Make time, squirrel away some cash for the plane ticket, and treat yourself to the most eclectic collection of cars this side of the Atlantic Ocean. Over the years, owner Jeff Lane has amassed an inventory of the weirdest, most irreverent, and sometimes shocking four- (and three-) wheeled contraptions you will ever see. On that sunny Nashville morning, we weren’t visitors but participants. We were offered the rare opportunity to exercise some of the best Italian jewels in the collection and drive cars we may never see elsewhere.

1964 Ferrario Lucertola 500 Lane Motor Museum articulation

It began in the museum’s parking lot, where the team assembled some of the “less” road-worthy runabouts. First up: a Fiat-powered six-wheeled wonder called the Ferrario Lucertola 500. Think of a three-way collision of a John Deere Gator 6×6, a Fiat Cinquecento, and, oh, a VW Thing for good measure. With six wheels and a dangerous sense of go-anywhere, we chugged around the former Sunbeam bakery grounds, crashing over curbs, gravel pits, and damn near everything we wanted to.

Next came the 1958 Vespa 400, a brief four-wheeled venture by the storied scooter company. “You’re going to have to rev it pretty high to get going. It doesn’t have much torque at all,” Lane told me as I folded myself into the dainty coupe. He wasn’t kidding about the torque, or lack thereof. Stall a couple times, and eventually you’ll figure it out. Rev it up to just beneath the point of valve float, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll get it moving. Once you manage this, you’re in for a treat. Steering was almost Lotus-like, and the shifter was a deliciously quick dogleg three-speed.

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After sampling a few more oddities, we prepared for the journey to the local park that served as the rally home base. We were all given car assignments by the watchful mechanics of the Lane, as well as instructions on how to operate the delicate machinery. I was handed the keys to a fabulously voluptuous 1939 Fiat 508C Balilla 1100 barchetta. Just as I had imagined in my most feverish daydreams of the Targa Florio, driving the little Fiat proved to be as hairy-chested as the wheeling the biggest, sweatiest, meatiest muscle car from the Big Three.

First off, it was right-hand drive, my first time ever sitting on the “wrong” side of a car. The shifter was one of those angled contraptions you find in some pre-war cars, shooting straight toward the seatbacks, almost perpendicular to the windows. The shifter was connected to an unsynchronized four-speed that emitted all sorts of clunks, bangs, and other mechanical grievances as I bashed my way through the cogs. Speaking of windows, the little Fiat had none. As far as I could tell, there was no enclosure available. No seat belts, either. Out on the mean streets of Nashville, I was alone in my little roadster.

1939 Fiat 508C Balilla 1100 Lane Motor Museum in motion

After some corporeal origami, I sat behind the wheel, albeit just barely. The banjo-style steering wheel rested firmly on my thighs, while my regular-sized feet could hardly operate the matchbook-sized pedals. Apropos, the clutch had a nasty habit of sticking to the floor. How far of a drive did you say? Fifteen miles? Andiamo.

It was one-third of the way there when I lost use of fourth gear. At the half-way point, third gear slogged the engine. The car began to slow down to the point that I posed a legitimate threat to the flow of traffic. Cue the rightfully vindictive F-150 driver. As I entered the park grounds in first gear, the Fiat could hardly manage 10 mph.

The problem? Apparently, every time I used the brakes, they locked themselves closed a little more, eventually clenching to the point of a near four-wheel lockup. The mechanic, who was a hero that day, administered a quick hammer blow to the master cylinder, popping the brakes free of the drums. I was hot, weary, and stank heavily of gas and exhaust. Would Tazio Nuvolari complain? Probably not. With this in mind, I quickly regained composure. With both confidence and energy returned, I worked my way over to a rather pernicious-looking Lancia Delta HF Integrale ticking over in the shade.

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This was my first foot-to-pedal interaction with what many consider to be a “hero car,” the great-granddaddy of the modern super-hatch. Forget the Evo I or the original WRX, this all-wheel-drive terror was one of the first roadbound rally specials. Like all great rally homologation specials, the car was an exercise in unrestraint. The 2.0-liter turbo-four was pressure-fed to the point of popping, the steering was quick, and the shifter was notchy.

Easily the fastest car at the rally, we surged through the surrounding roads with the overconfidence these all-wheel-drive terrors are often blessed with. Despite the cocaine attitude, it was easy to drive, even slowly. Insane turbo lag meant you could pull away from a stop sign without launching into the rump of the car ahead of you, and the surprisingly soft suspension kept things comfy when the road turns rough. I burbled back into the park wearing a mile-wide smile. Don’t meet your heroes? Oh, please. It was a pleasure to make your acquaintance, Signore Integrale.

1966 Fiat Nuova 500F Lane Motor Museum in motion 2

Next, a handful of vintage Fiats. An original Cinquecento here, a 1963 Fiat Multipla there. Like my long bygone 1974 VW Beetle, these were cheap and cheerful. Built for the tight alleys of Rome, they were a laugh out on public roads, dwarfed more than once by a Mini or VW Golf. They made a righteous racket as we clattered around tight service roads with the aural ferocity of a straight-piped golf cart.

After a short blast in a wonderful 1971 Fiat 124 Spider, I approached the vermilion 1976 Lamborghini Urraco P300 that waited under a nearby tree. Inside, it’s exactly as you’d imagine a 1970s Lamborghini is. Gauges are haphazardly shotgunned onto the center binnacle, easily visible through the freakishly concave steering wheel that had to have been lifted from a concept car. A note written on strips of painter’s tape plastered next to the tachometer sternly warned me to stay under 5,500 rpm. Right. Apparently, Urraco transmissions aren’t a dime a dozen, so I nursed the dogleg transmission from gear to gear. Even if I wanted to, it’s not as if I could have banged through the cogs with any sense of urgency. The gated shifter was heavy, requiring a deliberate hand to smoothly engage each gear.

1976 Lamborghini Urraco P300 Lane Motor Museum in motion 2

After so many delicate microcars, the Urraco was an earthbound bolide. The 3.0-liter V-8 engine was a raucous, snarling dynamo compared to the minuscule two- and four-cylinders that populated the rest of the 1960s and 1970s fleet in attendance. The Fiat 124 was a contemporary of the Urraco, and by comparison the Lambo was as capable as a modern-day Ferrari is to a Miata. The 247-hp 3.0-liter might be downright asthmatic by today’s standards, but lined up next to the buzzy twin-cam four-banger in the Spider, it was explosive.

I roared through the park’s recreation area, the howl of the 3.0-liter reverberating through the nearby residential streets. As I passed in a fit of exhaust crackles, kids playing on front lawns stopped, stared, and pointed at the orange wedge, a timelessly appropriate reaction to a Lamborghini making a public appearance.

1976 Lamborghini Urraco P300 Lane Motor Museum rear

I returned to the 124 Spider, attempting to mentally frame the Urraco as much as I could. As I pointed the bright blue roadster down the main access road, I was a quarter-mile behind a Multipla. Halfway down the route, the Urraco blasted by the opposite direction with righteous sound and fury. For the briefest of moments, I was in Italy circa 1974. The wind was warm, the engines were loud, and I was 5,000 miles away, rushing through the foothills of the Italian Alps. I returned to the parking lot, stopped the 124 in the cluster of little Fiats, and waited for the return of the Lamborghini. I had to have at least one more run before I returned home from my personal Mille Miglia.

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2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth vs. 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-fiat-124-spider-abarth-2016-mazda-mx5-miata-club/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-fiat-124-spider-abarth-2016-mazda-mx5-miata-club/#respond Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:00:01 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=967359 The new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth and 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Sport are the best antidotes for the coming onslaught of autonomous vehicles. No lane-departure controls, no adaptive cruise controls, no cross-traffic alerts, nor blind-spot information systems. Say “hell no” to automatic braking systems. Autonomy? We don’t need no stinkin’ autonomy. The...

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The new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth and 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Sport are the best antidotes for the coming onslaught of autonomous vehicles.

No lane-departure controls, no adaptive cruise controls, no cross-traffic alerts, nor blind-spot information systems. Say “hell no” to automatic braking systems. Autonomy? We don’t need no stinkin’ autonomy. The Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth and the Mazda MX-5 Miata Club are cars to drive, not to be driven in. The only concession to such modern automation gadgetry is the navigation system in the Spider Abarth and the rotary knob that controls infotainment screens in both, poorly located too close to the gearshift.

The Miata and Spider Abarth—Spiata, if you will—are your first defenses against the onslaught of these building blocks towards driverless cars. If you accept the theory that autonomous vehicle technology will soon begin accelerating the way computers and the internet have, then it won’t be long before you’ll have to trailer your sports car to a private racetrack just to experience the joys of cranking a steering wheel and executing a perfect heel-toe downshift.

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As we approach that cold, automated future, the last roads in the U.S. to be coordinated for autonomous driving comfortably inside your compact sport/utility vehicle’s navigation system will be those like California Highway 58 between McKittrick and Santa Margarita: remote, twisty, and hard to map precisely. Highway 58 and its ilk are perfect for cars like these. They’re not heavily traveled, and the twisty mountain bits play to their handling rather than to their power and torque. Pairs of eyes, hands, and feet will be fully involved in the drive.

This could well end up an AUTOMOBILE Collectible Classic feature circa 2040, but it’s our first opportunity to compare the new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth head to head with our Four Seasons 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club on the type of road for which these cars were built. Of course, the first thing you’ll ask is, which do we prefer?

The short answer is that either of these two represent top-of-the-list choices for navigating the driver’s roads hidden from the coming throngs of multi-camera, LIDAR-equipped, rolling, driverless, wireless hotspots. One nice advantage of the Miata and Spiata is that they don’t have adjustable chassis that demand you complete the final suspension tuning. Their relative simplicity of controls just requires you to get in the car and go. After serious study on 17.4 choice miles of Highway 58 (see Trip Notes), it’s easy to conclude this is a good thing. And when it comes to chassis tuning, there is as much difference between the two roadsters as between the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86, which is to say, degrees.

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Like the Scion FR-S-slash-Toyota 86, the 124 Spider Abarth is set up to be the bigger drifter of the two. Prior to Highway 58, we had the chance to autocross three Spider Abarths—two six-speed automatics and a six-speed manual—as part of Fiat’s introduction program at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The autocross course was loose enough to allow a third-gear straight along with mostly second-gear turns, and it revealed a sports car that could dance around the cones like Gene Kelly shuffling on and off the curb in “Singin’ in the Rain.”

As on the autocross, you want the traction/stability control off for both cars on Highway 58. Stability control allows a bit of snap-throttle oversteer that’s quickly blunted after a short slide, but turn it off (it defaults to “on” with every push of the ignition button) and oversteer is as catchable and predictable as ever, so you can snap the tail into the apex more quickly. But there’s a clear difference in the way the Miata and the Spider behave.

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First, the Miata has sharper steering, reacting immediately to inputs. We’ve heard complaints the MX-5’s steering feels “nervous” and needs constant corrections. This is not quite true: The Mazda suffers some bump-steer, reacting to every imperfection in the road. Find a rare bit of virgin highway pavement and the car tracks steady. The upside is the quick turn-in and perfect feedback, which makes it easy to tackle a tight second-gear turn with precision and casually collect the car when the tail snaps out.

The Spider’s steering is perfectly fine. It’s a Fiat-tuned variation of the Mazda’s electrically assisted power steering that feels a bit more relaxed. It’s such a subtle difference that you wouldn’t notice it if you’ve never driven an ND Miata.

All Fiat 124 Spiders feature exclusive Fiat tuning of the Mazda’s double-wishbone front/multi-link rear suspension, and the Abarth manual adds a limited-slip differential and Bilstein shocks, like the Miata Club. As with the Miata, there’s some initial compliance at turn-in, with springs becoming stiff as the body takes a set. The difference is that the Spider Abarth feels a bit stiffer in its initial compliance and a bit softer after turn-in. Again, it’s a subtle difference that requires back-to-back drives to discover. Hard work, that, especially on Highway 58.

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Powertrain differences are not as subtle. Aside from the short-lived NB Mazdaspeed Miata, Mazda has left turbocharging of the Miata’s inline four to the aftermarket, even the original NA model’s 116-hp 1.6-liter. That number is now 155 hp and 148 lb-ft, from a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine from the Skyactiv family with direct gas injection. For the 124 line, Fiat ships its 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo-four to Hiroshima for installation in the Spider. In the Abarth, the engine is rated 164 hp (4 more ponies than in the Classica and Lusso trim levels) and 184 lb-ft.

Both engines arrive at 30 mpg combined EPA fuel economy averages, with the Skyactiv 2.0 doing so with 27/34 mpg city/highway, and the MultiAir 1.4 achieving 26/35 mpg city/highway. Similarities end there.

While Miatafisti will recognize the naturally aspirated 2.0’s linear power delivery, the turbo 1.4 in the Spiata features a strong mid-range with lag at the low end and lack of steam at the high end. When Mazda first unveiled the ND Miata at Laguna Seca, a few of us bristled at the Sport button placed at the bottom of a prototype’s gearbox shifter. We feared it was a suspension adjustment.

“It’s for holding upshifts with the automatic,” a Mazda product planner explained. But it’s also for the 124 Spider, manual or automatic, in which a Sport button lowers the 184 lb-ft peak torque’s kick in to 2,500 rpm, from 3,200 rpm, likely at the expense of reaching those EPA numbers. Loping around town, non-sport on the Spider Abarth is sufficient. You’ll want it on for the Highway 58s of the world, but there’s still that lack of linearity you’ll find in the Mazda’s bigger, naturally aspirated four. This becomes most obvious when double-clutching or heel-toeing a downshift. The Miata matches high rpms easily and naturally, while the Spider Abarth requires a more deliberate throttle blip. Fiat pairs the MultiAir engine with the previous generation, NC Miata’s six-speed box, by the way, to handle the turbo four’s greater torque.

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Features editor Rory Jurnecka says the Fiat is “a bit more playful on the throttle” and finds its mid-range torque useful around town. “Unfortunately, when you’re trying to keep the momentum on a hilly, winding section of a road like 58, the car feels outside of its ideal operating range much of the time. You’re either waiting for boost in the lower rev range or running out of steam on the high end.”

The famously dieted ND Miata is about 125 pounds lighter than the Spider. Some of this is the Fiat’s turbocharger and its nearly 5 inches added length and filled-out body form. It’s also better at sound insulation, thanks to an acoustic windshield, which pays off with improved sound attenuation with the top up (the Spider Abarth’s exhaust note, sampled with the top down, is disappointingly unlike the Fiat 500 Abarth’s). The Fiat’s interior is a better place to be, anyway, with more upper- and lower-dash panel padding, unique door panels eschewing the Mazda’s body-colored door inserts, and better seats, though Jurnecka prefers the palm-fitting sphere of the Miata’s gearshift knob to the “irritating” square knob on the Spiata. The 124 Spider Abarth’s optional suede-trimmed Recaros are perfect in the way they hold you in place, and offer this author’s back just the right degree of lumbar support without need for adjustment. Clearly, Fiat didn’t have time to decontent an interior originally designed for Alfa Romeo.

So which should you choose?

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It’s not—really, it’s not—a cop-out to say that both the Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth and the Mazda MX-5 Miata Club deserve to be at the top of your list for surviving post-autonomocalypse driving pleasure. Drivers who favor a European sensibility and style can buy the Spider safe in knowing that the Fiat Chrysler engineering and Centro Stile design blend well with the “Made in Hiroshima” stamp.

Those of us who might be described as overly familiar with the Miata as a modern and reliable European-style sports car will prefer the MX-5’s natural power delivery and the way its very capable steering and handling can push the driver to improve his or her skills on challenging roads.

Unlike the NC Miata, the ND cannot be had with the Grand Touring package’s luxuries combined with the Club Sport’s Bilsteins and LSD, but a properly optioned Spider Abarth essentially solves that issue. Both sports cars suffer Germanic paint palettes; they could use brighter, happier color choices.

“My perfect car would be the Fiat with the Miata engine,” Jurnecka says.

Indeed, the problem with two distinct cars off the same excellent sports-car platform is you’re unlikely to find the perfect setup. But it’s clear that without Fiat’s partnership in this program, not only would there be no Spiata, there would be no ND Miata, two modern, efficient, and affordable sports cars that will help us survive a bleak enthusiasts’ future of roads filled with zombie automobiles.

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Trip Notes

President Obama called in to Garrison Keillor’s last “A Prairie Home Companion” broadcast as host last summer. The first question the nearly retired Minnesotan asked the soon-to-be former president was, “Will they let you drive?”

“I’m working with the Secret Service on that,” Obama told Keillor, “perhaps on certain roads.” He’s not interested in getting stuck in urban rush-hour traffic or blasting across I-80 but perhaps cruising something more picturesque, like the Pacific Coast Highway.

We’ve got news for you, Mr. President. PCH is over. Done. If there was any chance of finding some free, open bit of PCH before you took office in 2009, that isn’t true anymore. May we suggest something a bit more open and out of the way?

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California Highway 58 essentially connects the desert town of Bakersfield with the Central Coast wine country of San Luis Obispo County, but the salient part is 17.4 miles of constantly twisting mountain road west of the small town of McKittrick. Start there, drive 18 miles or so, then turn around to enjoy the opposite direction, then make the westward drive all over again before continuing on to Santa Margarita for about 69 miles total. If the rare truck or SUV that gets in your way turns out to be a local, the driver will probably pull over to let you pass. Turns and switchbacks allow aggressive speeds, though you don’t need to get anywhere near 10/10ths in the right car, whether Miata, Spider Abarth, Subaru BRZ, Toyota 86, or even Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman (you won’t need an S model) to have fun and improve your motoring skills.

In Santa Margarita, try The Porch Cafe for breakfast until 11:30 a.m. if you start with an eastbound run, or stop for espresso, burgers, sandwiches, salads, or wraps at the end of your drive. Tell them the AUTOMOBILE Anti-Autonomy Brigade sent you.

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2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price: $29,190/$37,870 (base/as tested)
Engine: 1.4L turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4/164 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 184 lb-ft @ 3,200 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Layout: 2-door, 2-passenger, front-engine, RWD convertible
EPA Mileage: 26/35 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H: 159.6 x 68.5 x 48.5 in
Wheelbase: 90.9 in
Weight: 2,477 lbs
0-60 MPH: 6.8 sec. (est)
Top Speed: 140 mph (est)

2016 Mazda Miata Club Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price: $29,420/$32,820 (base/as tested)
Engine: 2.0L DOHC 16-valve I-4/155 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 148 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Layout: 2-door, 2-passenger, front-engine, RWD convertible
EPA Mileage: 27/34 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H: 154.1 x 68.3 x 48.8 in
Wheelbase: 90.9 in
Weight: 2,332 lbs
0-60 MPH: 6.0 seconds
Top Speed: 140 mph (est)

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Four Seasons 2016 Mazda Miata Club Specifications

Overview

  • Body style 2-door front-engine RWD convertible
  • Accommodation 2-passenger
  • Construction Steel unibody
  • Base price (with dest.) $29,420
  • As tested $32,820

Powertrain

  • Engine 16-valve DOHC I-4
  • Displacement 2.0 liters (106 cu in)
  • Power 155 hp @ 6,000 rpm
  • Torque 148 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm
  • Transmission 6-spd manual
  • Drive rear-wheel
  • EPA Fuel Economy 27/34/30 (city/hwy/combined)

Chassis

  • Steering Electrically assisted
  • Lock-to-lock 2.7 turns
  • Turning circle 38.8 ft
  • Suspension, Front control arms, coil spring
  • Suspension, Rear multilink, coil springs
  • Brakes F/R Vented front discs, solid rear discs
  • Wheels 17-inch aluminum
  • Tires F/R Bridgestone Potenza S001
  • Tire size F/R 205/45R 17

Measurements

  • Headroom 37.4 in
  • Legroom 43.1 in
  • Shoulder room 52.2 in
  • Wheelbase 90.9 in
  • Track F/R 58.9/59.17 in
  • L x W x H 154.1 x 68.3 x 48,8 in
  • Cargo capacity 4.6 cu ft
  • Weight 2,332 lb
  • Weight dist. F/R 52/48 %
  • Fuel capacity 11.9 gal
  • Est. fuel range 404 miles
  • Fuel grade 91 octane (premium)

Equipment

  • standard equipment

    • Sport suspension with Bilstein shocks, shock tower brace
    • Limited-slip differential
    • LED headlights with LED daytime running lights
    • Manual air conditioning/climate control
    • Black cloth bucket seats with red stitching and manual adjustment
    • 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Leather-wrapped shift knob and parking brake handle
    • Mesh-board windblocker
    • Touchscreen infotainment with rotary knob control
    • Remote keyless entry
    • Bose 9-speaker audio system
    • Bluetooth phone and audio, AUX port, CD player, USB connectivity
    • 17-inch aluminum wheels
    • Cruise control
    • Pushbutton start

Options

  • options for this vehicle:

    • Brembo/BBS Package ($3,400)
    • Brembo front brakes with red calipers
    • 17-inch forged aluminum BBS wheels
    • Advanced keyless entry
    • Aero kit: side sill extensions and rear bumper skirt
    • Ceramic Metallic paint: $0
    • Appearance package for Club ($0)
    • Front air dam
    • Rear lip spoiler

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After a 30-year hiatus, the Fiat 124 Spider has finally returned to our shores. Fiat has shipped the very first batch of new 124 Spider roadsters to the U.S.

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider roadsters arrived at the Port of Baltimore and the Port of San Diego, and will soon make their way to showrooms in North America. The very first copies will arrive at dealerships next week.

Mazda is producing the 124 Spider for Fiat at its plant in Hiroshima, Japan. The Fiat roadster shares its underpinnings with the Mazda MX-5 Miata. But in place of the Miata’s 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, the Fiat 124 utilizes a 1.4-liter turbo with 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. An Abarth version gets an additional 4 hp and is estimated to hit 60 mph in 6.8 seconds.

Prices start at $25,990 for the base model and $29,190 for the Abarth. A limited-edition 124 Prima Edizione, which features exclusive badging, Saddle leather upholstery, and an Azzuro Italia blue paint job, goes for $35,995.

Sales of the old Fiat 124 Spider began in the U.S. in 1968 and ended in 1985. Fiat estimates that nearly 8,000 of them are still registered in the U.S. today.

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Garage Italia Customs Creates Diesel-Branded Fiat 500 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/garage-italia-customs-creates-diesel-branded-fiat-500/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/garage-italia-customs-creates-diesel-branded-fiat-500/#respond Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:00:45 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=957757 Garage Italia Customs, led by Lapo Elkann, has just completed a new, tailor-made project. Based off the current Fiat 500 Convertible, the 555RR receives a heavy dose of the Diesel brand’s fashion, style, and spirit. Created for Renzo Rosso, the founder of Diesel, the 555RR features a sleek black exterior color with silver glitter and...

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Garage Italia Customs, led by Lapo Elkann, has just completed a new, tailor-made project. Based off the current Fiat 500 Convertible, the 555RR receives a heavy dose of the Diesel brand’s fashion, style, and spirit.

Created for Renzo Rosso, the founder of Diesel, the 555RR features a sleek black exterior color with silver glitter and matte/shiny effect Swarovski crystals around the front and rear lights, while the front bumper grille, alloy rim edges, and hubcaps feature a red contrast. The central band along the hood and hatch have been painted matte black, furthering the chromatic dualism of the exterior.

Inside, the central seats are lined with black lozenge-patterned Foglizzo leather, matching the black denim design details on the side panels, while the whole of the seat is outfitted with Foglizzo Lord leather. The sides feature a rock touch produced by pleated leather and leather lacing as lateral stitching.

The door panels and gear lever cover use denim, while the lever itself features a red pommel that replaces the traditional gear numbers for letters that spell out “Enjoy.” The ceiling is also lined with black lozenge-pattern Foglizzo leather.

“This particular project brought together two Italian specialists: Diesel in fashion and Garage Italia Customs in car customization. I’m proud of the result achieved by my Maestros, who were able to create a car that’s a perfect synthesis of Diesel’s style and rock spirit, exactly what Renzo asked me for,” said Elkann in a release.

What do you think of the Diesel-branded Fiat 500? Let us know in the comments below.

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2017 BMW 3 Series, 4 Series Gain New Turbo I-4, Lineup Gets iDrive 5.0 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-bmw-3-series-4-series-gain-new-turbo-4-lineup-gets-idrive-5-0/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-bmw-3-series-4-series-gain-new-turbo-4-lineup-gets-idrive-5-0/#respond Fri, 10 Jun 2016 19:54:49 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=954009 BMW has released a document outlining the changes to its 2017 car lineup. All models equipped with navigation will receive the newest version of iDrive, called iDrive 5.0, which first debuted on the 2016 7 Series sedan. Wireless charging and a wi-fi hotspot are also standard across BMW’s lineup. Meanwhile, the new 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4...

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BMW has released a document outlining the changes to its 2017 car lineup. All models equipped with navigation will receive the newest version of iDrive, called iDrive 5.0, which first debuted on the 2016 7 Series sedan. Wireless charging and a wi-fi hotspot are also standard across BMW’s lineup. Meanwhile, the new 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 that debuted in the 2 Series finds its way into the 3 Series and 4 Series.

The 3 Series and 4 Series receive major changes in the form of two new engines. A new 2.0-liter turbo-four replaces the previous N20 2.0-liter turbo, joining the new 3.0-liter turbo-six that was originally added in the 2016 model year. With the new engine comes a new name: 330i in place of last year’s 328i moniker. In the 2017 230i, this new 2.0-liter turbo-four makes 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, or 8 hp and 3 lb-ft more than the 328i. In the 4 Series lineup, the 428i and 435i name are replaced with the 430i and 440i respectively, indicating the addition of the new turbo-four and turbo-six engines to the lineup. The turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 in the 2016 340i makes 320 hp and 330 lb-ft.

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Other changes for the 3 Series and 4 Series include the addition of the M Sport package as standard equipment on the 340i. BMW Individual Composition is also now exclusive to the 440i, should you want to make it more exclusive and customize your 4 Series according to your tastes. The high-performance M3 and M4 now come standard with the adaptive M suspension. The newest version of iDrive, as seen in the new 7 Series and now standard across the lineup, features a touchscreen and gesture control; however the latter feature remains exclusive to the 7 Series

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The flagship 7 Series gains the display key as standard equipment while remote-controlled parking will be available starting with cars manufactured on July 16 and onwards. Additional standard equipment included in the 2017 Alpina B7 include integral active steering, the Autobahn package, the display key, a panoramic moonroof, and gesture control. A plug-in hybrid variant called the 740e xDrive has also been added and starts at $90,095 including destination. The 740e can travel up to 25 miles on electric power alone. The car’s plug-in hybrid powertrain combines a 2.0-liter turbo-four with an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission. The system is backed by a 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery and nets a combined output of 326 hp.

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A special edition of the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car called the Protonic Red Edition has been added and it comes with seats featuring red highlights, embossed headrests, gray seat belts, floor mats with black and red stitching, and  “Protonic Red Edition door sills.  The only color available is Protonic Red with Frozen Gray Metallic accents. The 2017 i3 now gets two years of complimentary fast charging, 19-inch wheels, and keyless entry as standard, in addition to the range increase to 114 miles per charge from 81 miles in the 2016 model.

Prices for the 2017 3 Series lineup have increased between $100 and $1,800, due to certain models gaining more standard equipment. The 2017 4 Series, on the other hand, has held steady with only the 440i Gran Coupe’s pricing increasing by $50 while the 440i xDrive convertible is $50 cheaper. The 2017 M4 is $800 more expensive compared to last year’s model.

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The 6 Series range sees the coupe getting cheaper by $300 across the board while the convertible is now $300 more expensive compared to last year. Gran Coupe models, on the other hand, are $300 to $1,000 more expensive than the 2016 cars while all variants of the 2017 M6 are now $300 more than last year. For the 2017 model year, the 7 Series cuts $200 off its starting price, while the smallest M car, the M2, is now $995 more expensive. Pricing for the 2017 i8 stays at $141,695 on the standard car. The 2017 i3’s price has increased by $1,195 to $44,595 on standard models and $1,200 with the available range extender to $48,445.

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2017 Fiat 124 Spider First Drive http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-fiat-124-spider-first-drive/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-fiat-124-spider-first-drive/#respond Fri, 10 Jun 2016 04:01:57 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=953681 CARLSBAD, California — It was a maroon Nissan Rogue that blunted a nice run on the snake of an obscure mountain road northeast of San Diego. This 2017 Fiat 124 Spider being a pure sports car, driver and car were as one, gathering steam, getting into a rhythm with upshifts and heel-and-toe downshifts mostly between...

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CARLSBAD, California — It was a maroon Nissan Rogue that blunted a nice run on the snake of an obscure mountain road northeast of San Diego. This 2017 Fiat 124 Spider being a pure sports car, driver and car were as one, gathering steam, getting into a rhythm with upshifts and heel-and-toe downshifts mostly between third and fourth gear. After a mile or two, the sport-utility relented and pulled over to let the Fiat by. (Thanks, Rogue!)

Though there was enough free and open road to gather some decent first impressions of the 124 Spider, the Nissan’s driver was the only one I encountered who pulled over with no overt prompting—no tailgating here.

Such is the fate of the enthusiast who buys a basic, straightforward driver’s car such as this. We are a diminishing breed, or at least, a breed with diminishing opportunities to enjoy such cars without getting caught in traffic. In Southern California, many consumers don’t like to buy sports cars with manual gearboxes because they’ll spend too much of their road time in stop-and-go jams. This part of the world is single-handedly killing off what’s left of the three-pedal cars. (That’s not a personal opinion but an observation gleaned from talking to local auto hacks.)

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Back to the Fiat 124 Spider Classica: It comes with 195/50R-16 three-season Yokohama Advan Sport V105 tires on multi-spoke alloy wheels. The steering is unchanged from the Mazda MX-5 Miata’s double-pinion electric power system and it’s quick and direct, with excellent feedback, especially important when you get the tail loose. The Fiat is about 5 inches longer, with a filled-out body and a long, almost straight hood contrasting with the Miata’s drop-off nose. It’s also about 100 pounds heavier, depending on equipment.

I didn’t get the tail loose on these canyon runs; I would have had to drive too fast for the guardrail-less cliffside routes and the light traffic. In Classica form, the 124 Spider was perfectly neutral in these conditions—perhaps slightly more relaxed than its platform sibling, but so close that it will take back-to-back runs between the two to amplify differences. The Fiat in each of its versions shares with the other car a reassuring balance of ride and handling, with a significant degree of compliance going into a tight corner. Then it takes a set and guides you firmly around the corner with an easy willingness to rotate in a controllable way. It’s that same tasty polar moment of inertia that makes its sibling so much fun to drive, without being uncomfortable over crusty roads and expansion strips.

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The 124 Spider comes with one engine choice, and it’s not a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter like the Miata, but instead Fiat’s 1.4-liter turbocharged MultiAir four, rated at 160 horsepower (with dual exhausts) in the Classica and Lusso and 164 horsepower in the four-pipe dual-exhaust Edizione Abarth. It’s the first longitudinal application of the engine, assembled in Termoli, Italy, and sent to Hiroshima for installation in the Spider. Fiat uses the close-ratio six-speed manual from the old third-generation (NC series) Miata to handle the 184 lb-ft produced by the turbo engine. The torque rating is the same for both the 160- and 164-horsepower applications, but the gearbox is recalibrated for the engine, resulting in lower revs at freeway speeds compared with the NC Miata. (The engine produces 170 lb-ft normally; Sport mode ups the output to 184.)

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The turbo engine doesn’t change the car’s nature as much as expected, though that opinion might change on a road with tighter turns than the 124 experienced for this drive. It pulls nicely out of the mostly third-gear corners, but when launching from a rolling start—when a red light changes to green just before you come to a complete stop, for instance—you’ll need to row back into first instead of second. The NC’s gearbox is slick as ever, of course, with short, positive throws. Clutch takeup is perfectly linear for novice and expert alike, and the pedals are arranged for easy heel-and-toeing. Due to the turbo lag, though, you have to give the throttle a bigger blip to properly match revs for the downshift.

With the Fiat MultiAir sitting low and back in the cab-rearward chassis to create an almost front-mid-engine layout, there is still no space for a glovebox. The catalyst intrudes under the left side of the passenger’s footwell, and my drive partner, who’s a few inches taller than my 5-foot-11 frame, complained of a cramped passenger seat. It doesn’t have as much fore-aft travel adjustment as the driver’s seat, and his knees were up close to where the glovebox would be. Fiat uses Mazda seat frames but has its own seat foams in the car—there’s even different foam in the Abarth than in the Classica (the seat back is a bit too soft in this version) and Lusso (firmer). Dashboard materials are richer-looking in the 124 Spider than in the Mazda, and the door panels are unique, with no body-color plastic accents like the ND Miata’s. It’s classic Italian style and taste, certainly what Fiat’s designers were going for, and Alfa Romeo’s before that; the car originally was supposed to go to that brand until Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne declared that all future Alfa models will be built only in Italy.

Marchionne later said the switch from Alfa styling to Fiat styling delayed the Spider’s launch by just six months, which further helps the Mazda-Fiat Chrysler partnership. Sports car sales typically drop off after the first model year, and this gives the program, which probably wouldn’t have happened without Fiat, a second first-model year.

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The Lusso’s interior is tastefully rich enough that it could have been an Alfa. From outside, wheels and a silver-painted windshield header instead of the Classica’s body-colored header (charcoal on the Abarth) distinguish the trims. We saved our drive in this car—which comes with 205/45R-17 Bridgestone Potenzas on its own alloy wheel design, and standard heated leather seats in black or saddle—for after lunch. This portion was mostly on straight, boring roads and highways to and from Qualcomm Stadium, where we could try the Abarth on an autocross course. The Lusso also comes with a backup camera, chrome-tipped dual exhaust, and 7-inch infotainment display, straight out of the Miata Grand Touring package. We also saved the Lusso for this portion of the drive because all these test cars were equipped with the optional ($1,350) Aisin-supplied six-speed automatic.

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Fiat originally planned to sell Lussos only with the automatic option (it’s the only transmission on the limited, 124-unit, $35,995 Prima Edizione Lusso), but certain curmudgeons from outside the company complained. Fiat Chrysler design chief Ralph Gilles told me previously he’d passed on those complaints to the board, and now you can buy a Lusso manual.

The Lusso’s bigger wheels and tires didn’t transmit bumpy roads any more than the 16-inchers, but there was no real opportunity to push the handling. Not until we got to Qualcomm.

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Fiat set up a fairly long, fast autocross course, and we sampled a couple of Abarth Edizione automatics—the only version of the automatic that comes with paddle shifters—and a Mopar-equipped Abarth manual. Seats in the Abarth are either microfiber and leatherette, black leather, or black and red leather, and the 17-inch wheel design is unique to this version. Brembo brakes and Recaro seats are optional. Max torque comes in at 2,500 rpm, but there’s not much torque available at tip-in. The Sport mode and its extra torque made a big difference on this autocross circuit, which was all second-gear (automatic or manual), and with traction/stability control turned off. The only Mopar parts on the manual that change performance are a strut-tower brace, lower-arm bar, and a tunnel bracing kit, all of which tightened up the handling over the standard Abarths.

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Again, there’s Mazda-like compliance at turn-in, then the body motion takes a set, and then the car grips nicely and transmits its willingness to rotate. The tail is ready and willing to drift and it’s all safe and controllable. And fun. Again, there was no back-to-back with the Miata Club Sport in this setting, but you get the sense that the handling differences are much like that of Scion FR-S/Toyota 86 vs. Subaru BRZ. The Fiat 124 Spider Edizione Abarth seems to be the drifter.

The Edizione Abarth is the Spider enthusiasts will want. Considering the state of sports car popularity these days, the Fiat 124 Spider Lusso may better define the car as a stylish roadster with capabilities that go undiscovered—much like the off-road capabilities of all those Jeep Wranglers everybody seems to buy these days. Fiat’s participation probably saved the ND Miata, and now Fiat needs the 124 Spider to appeal to non-enthusiast customers to extend its popularity and volume beyond the first model year. Who knows? Maybe if a few of those fashion-conscious buyers find themselves on a twisty canyon road and any SUVs ahead pull over for them, we’ll get some new members for our community of enthusiasts.

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2017 Fiat 124 Spider Specifications

On Sale: Summer 2016 (Classica, Lusso, Prima Edizione Lusso), third quarter 2016 (Abarth)
Price: $25,990/$28,490/$29,190 (Classica/Lusso/Abarth) (base)
Engine: 1.4L DOHC turbocharged 16-valve I-4/160-164 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 184 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm
Transmissions: 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic
Layout: 2-door, 2-passenger, front-engine, RWD convertible
EPA Mileage: 25-26/35-26 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H: 159.6 x 68.5 x 48.5
Wheelbase: 90.9
Weight: 2,436-2,516 lb
0-60 MPH: 6.8 sec (mfr)
Top Speed: 134/140 mph (Classica, Lusso/Abarth)
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2017 Fiat 124 Spider Featured in Two New Commercials http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-fiat-124-spider-featured-two-new-commercials/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-fiat-124-spider-featured-two-new-commercials/#respond Fri, 13 May 2016 16:30:55 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=940380 Remember that rather risqué Fiat 500X Super Bowl ad from last year? The spot won both laughs and critical praise for the depiction of an elderly Italian man bemoaning the loss of his final Viagra. Well, the Italian automaker won’t let that geriatric love story end on a bad note, and returns with another “Blue...

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Remember that rather risqué Fiat 500X Super Bowl ad from last year? The spot won both laughs and critical praise for the depiction of an elderly Italian man bemoaning the loss of his final Viagra. Well, the Italian automaker won’t let that geriatric love story end on a bad note, and returns with another “Blue Pill” ad for the upcoming 2017 Fiat 124 Spider.

This time around, there isn’t a blue pill for our hero to accidentally toss into the gas tank of a Fiat 500X, as his medicinal reserves have run dry. As a quick “pick-me-up,” he hops into the driver’s seat of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider parked nearby.

Viewers are treated to gorgeous moving shots of the black 124 Spider in action, and we get quite the earful of the deliciously Italian soundtrack from the Spider’s 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. As for the elderly protagonist, well, you’ll have to take a look for yourself in the video below.  Let’s just say it all works out in the end.

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In addition to the “No Blue Pill Needed” spot, the 124 Spider stars in a second ad called “Free Like a Bird,” featuring gratuitous moving shots of the roadster on tight mountain roads. While moving through the green surroundings, the roadster is chased by a large eagle, eventually coming to rest on the rear decklid of the car. The video was shot using the eagles themselves, with tiny action cams mounted to the birds of prey.

Take a look at the “No Blue Pill Needed” and “Free as a Bird” videos below.

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