According to a new report from the masters of the sports car scoop at Britain’s Autocar, the coupe version of the Fiat 124 Spider—which we assume will be called the Fiat 124 Coupe, as there’s already precedent for the name—will be pushed as a more performance-oriented version of the car designed to boost the carmaker’s street cred as a maker of sporty machines.
Of course, there’s historical precedent for a 124 Coupe as well. Fiat sold a 124 Sport Coupe alongside its Spider during the 1960s and 1970s, though the Coupe was based on the 124 Sedan, with the Spider on its own, shorter platform.
Autocar suggests that the fixed roof Fiat 124 would probably offer a more potent powertrain option to the 124hp 1.4T unit in the Spider, which could deliver up to 180hp.
This isn’t the first time Fiat is turning its lightweight sports car into a sports coupe, as it was originally done in in the late 60s and lasted three generations into the mid-70s.
Its return may not blow the MX-5 RF out of the water, but would offer some much needed competition. Hopefully the 124 C