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Fiat 124

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Fiat 124 Parts & Accessories

Fiat has returned to the roadster market after more than a decade absent. Bringing the iconic 124 name back to life.

Retro remnants from the old 124 have made their way into the new car’s design - The almost bug-eye headlights, big open grille, 'Floating' tail-lights and the square rear end give a feeling of nostalgia to those who saw the original 124 in all it’s glory back when it was released back in 1966. Where the old 124 Sport Spider borrowed the running gear from the tin top 124, its modern equivalent gets the tried and tested base used by Mazda to underpin the Italian design bodywork and running gear.

Nevertheless, it makes perfect sense when you're standing by the car, which shares the Mazda’s interior (a good thing) while substantially altering the bodyshell. While it obviously shares the MX-5’s wheelbase, the Spider is a little longer (5 ½”) and fractionally wider , The cloth roof stays untouched and keeps the simplicity of the MX5.

The most notable evidence of Fiat stamping their own development process of the 124 is the engine. With the MX5 being powered by Mazda’s Skyactive naturally aspirated engines, the 124 gets the tried and tested turbocharged 1.4-litre Multiair unit. The incredibly small but super effective four-pot’s 138bhp puts it between the MX-5’s two outputs (the spritely 1.5, and the torquey 2.0), but when there’s boost, there’s torque, giving the 124 an advantage over it’s Japanese cousin. The 124 Spider is in the same ballpark as the Mazda to drive, which is a result of it sharing the same double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension. Saying this, Fiat have tuned the chassis further and with it’s heart transplant, it’s given it a noticeable character as compared to the MX5.

The weight difference between it and the MX-5 is negligible, but the Fiat feels a mite heavier through a thicker-rimmed steering wheel and heavier steering rack and it has had some of the Mazda’s devil-may-care body lean exorcised from its cornering manners. It feels unmistakably rear-driven but well-mannered and pleasingly direct, although some of the ride effervescence that made its half-sister so special has been engineered out, too, leaving in its place a curious if discreet bit of bodyshell shimmy at times.