The following is an excerpt from cnet.com | November 17, 2015 |
As it did with the compact 500, Fiat is once again rolling out a model that owes much to its forebear. This time, we're looking at the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, a Mazda-based roadster that's meant as a throwback to the original model, which debuted nearly half a century ago.
Fiat applied a whole host of changes to the donor Mazda MX-5, but most of the similarities are limited to the chassis. Both cars share the same double-wishbone front, multi-link rear suspension arrangement, as well as an electric power-steering system. The two also share the Miata's manual soft-top.
But that's where the similarities end. The 124 Spider features completely new sheet metal, giving it a radically different look. Fiat claims there are plenty of throwbacks to the original vehicle in the 2017 model, including grille patterns and what the company calls "power domes" atop the hood. The front lights have a very old-school appeal, as well. The taillights are a bit more modern, with the overall layout reminding us of -- dare we say it -- the Viper.
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