Design-wise, the 124 coupe could look something along the lines of the brightly-coloured Fiat Abarth 124 Rally concept that was revealed at the Geneva motor show in March.
According to the report, the 124 coupe’s powertrain is still being considered, with the company tossing up between the UK-market Fiat 124’s 104kW 1.4-litre turbo, the higher-output 119kW version available in the US, or the 127kW tune that is fitted to the Abarth 124 Spider, which will arrive in Australian showrooms next year.
Even if it happens, $30,000 coupes don’t sell in big numbers after the first model year, as evidenced by the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S (now Toyota 86). But if Fiat can add significantly more power—something Subaru and Toyota have refused to do—it may have a gem that could be more compelling than costlier premium coupes like the BMW 228i.
As Fiat has yet to officially confirm such a model is in development, it’s impossible to cite definitive specs and figures. That being said, it’s incredibly likely that the fixed-roof Fiat 124 will retain the 160-hp turbo-four engine from the Spider we already have, and the lack of any folding roof mechanisms should also mean the 124 Coupe shouldn’t be porkier than 2,400 lbs.
Prices also shouldn’t be drastically higher over the Spider either, with our guess being somewhere in the $27,000 ballpark. We even may see the Fiat 124 Coupe before 2017 draws to a close, but hopefully won’t have to wait too long before finding out more on the hard top Fiat 124.