Fiat has unveiled its new 124 Spider Roadster at the Los Angeles Auto Show, nearly 50 years after the original hit the streets in 1966.
The new 124 Spider shares the same wheelbase and lightweight chassis with the MX-5, the car on which it is based. However, Fiat has ditched the Mazda's naturally aspirated motors for the 1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir petrol engine found in the 500 Abarth.
Design wise, the 124 Spider features recessed LED headlamps and a hexagonal grill up front. It also bulges out a bit up front. The twin blisters on the hood are a nice throwback to the original 124 Spider. At the rear, the ‘seagull' wings as Fiat calls them slope inwards towards the bootlid. The taillamps look similar to the ones found on the 500 and feature sharp horizontal lines that mirror the incline of the wings. Also present are a small spoiler that sits at the end of the boot and twin exhausts.
Everything inside including the switches, the low slung seats to the three gauge instrument cluster with the tacho front and centre are all identical to the ones found on the Mazda MX-5. Even the fabric roof is the same and is operated by hand.
Standard equipment includes a six-speaker stereo system with bluetooth and USB connectivty. An enhanced setup is also available with Fiat's DAB Digital Radio System along with a seven inch satellite navigation display with touch capabilities and a reversing camera. Owners can also upgrade to a Bose Stereo System with nine speakers.
The Fiat 124 Spider will hit the roads during the second half of 2016 and an Abarth version is expected to follow soon after.