Meet Fiat’s 124 Spider, Italy’s MX-5-based answer to the MX-5

Nov 20, 2015 505

by Rowan Horncastle

Say 'ciao' to the new Fiat 124 Spider, Italy's take on the Mazda MX-5's two-seat, rear-drive roadster formula. And a very faithful take it is too. Unveiled today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Fiat has revived the 124 nameplate for the first time in nearly fifty years.

But don't be fooled, because under those funky new lines lurks much of the hardware from Mazda's lovely two-seater: indeed, the 124 will be built at Mazda's Hiroshima facility. Though it shares its wheelbase with the MX-5, that more voluptuous bodywork renders the Fiat a touch longer, a smidge wider and tiny bit taller. 

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