The Spider’s bodywork is entirely unique to Fiat, while the FCA’s own 1.4-liter MultiAir engine can be found under the hood. The turbocharged four is good for 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, delivered via a six-speed gearbox in manual or automatic form.
As soon as you take the wheel of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, drivers who are very familiar with the MX-5 will instantly notice that there’s no comparison.
And yet, both cars come from the same plant in Hiroshima, with the exception of the engine. The MX-5 has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder that generates 155 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque, while Fiat uses its 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo that develops 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. in the 124 Spider. This engine is sent to the plant in Hiroshima to be inserted into the modified body, which is nearly five inches longer than that of the MX-5.
Under the long, alluring hood lies a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-banger with 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Yes, it is similar to the engine that equips the Fiat 500 Abarth and Jeep Renegade. 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h)? 6.8 seconds, which is eight-tenths down on the MX-5 Miata with the 2.0 SkyActiv-G engine.
Depending on the transmission (six-speed manual or auto), the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider drinks 91-octane gas and is able to return 29 or 30 mpg, respectively, combined. For those who want the full course, the 2017 Abarth 124 Spider is the one to go for. Boasting 164 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, the range-topping model starts from $29,190. The Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring, for comparison, starts from $30,900.