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Fiat rekindles their love for roadsters with the unveiling of the all-new 124 Spider at the busy LA Auto Show. The Italian carmaker says the nameplate harks back to the original model that came out 50 years ago.

If you didn’t already know, the 124 Spider is built on the Mazda MX-5‘s platform. It may have a skeleton of Japan’s favourite roadster but FCA’s latest brainchild exudes sophistication of an Italian car.

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Designed in Turin, the 2017 124 Spider draws inspiration from the original Spider. The car’s low-slung, sporty profile is matched with distinctive design features such as the hexagonal grille, power domes on the front hood, as well as sleek horizontal tail lights.

Changes in the cabin are mostly insignificant although the 124 Spider seems to have the upper hand over the MX-5 in terms of exclusivity thanks to the premium soft-touch materials and leather upholstery.

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In terms of equipment, you’ll find a seven-inch touch display with Fiat Connect 7.0 infotainment system, keyless start/stop, Bluetooth, heated seats and Bose sound system. List of safety features include adaptive front headlamps, blind-spot monitoring, Rear Cross Path Detection and rear backup camera.

Motivating the 124 Spider is the 500 Abarth’s 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine packing 160 hp and 250 Nm of torque. The output is sent to the rear axle via a choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. To compare, the 2.0-litre MX-5 (which is the only variant offered in Malaysia) makes 158 hp and 200 Nm of torque.

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Like the roadster it’s based on, the 124 Spider rides on a double-wishbone suspension in front and a multi-link in the rear, which work hand in hand with the electric power assist steering system.

The roadster will be offered in two trim levels; Classico and Lusso. The first 124 examples will be offered as a limited-edition Prima Edizione Lusso with a commemorative badge for each vehicle.





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