That positions it right in between the basic 1.5-litre Mazda MX-5 that it’s faster than, and the 2.0-litre MX-5 that it’s (just marginally) slower than. Fiat also argues the 124 Spider has a “high” standard spec including air con, cruise control, Bluetooth and keyless go.
You get some of that on the base 1.5 MX-5 SE, of course – but you don’t get a turbo and only get 131hp from the rev-happy 1.5-litre engine. With vastly more torque as well (177lb ft instead of the Mazda’s weedy 111lb ft), the Fiat is likely to feel the faster, sportier car during the all-important dealer test-drives.
Available to order soon in the UK, Fiat’s this week showing off the new 124 Spider to the world’s motoring press: Motoring Research is on an early wave and our first drive review will be up soon.
When it’s rolled out in the UK, buyers will get to choose from eight body colours – five regular metallics, tri-coat pearlescent white plus two ‘pastel’ (read: solid, and free) shades, either red or white.
Fiat’s also selling £22,295 124 Spider Lusso and £23,295 Lusso Plus models; the former adds sat nav, heated leather seats and a silver finish on the windscreen frame and rollover bars onto Classica trim, with the latter adding fancy LED headlights plus Bose stereo with speakers in the headrests on top.
Eager to get configurating but want to read a review before you go ahead and commit? The come back to Motoring Research tomorrow (Wednesday 8 June) for our first verdict on the reborn Fiat 124 Spider.