Fiat 124 Spider (2016)

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Fiat 124 Spider
Fiat 124 Spider 1368cc registered September 2016.jpg
FCA Italy (Stellantis)
Also calledAbarth 124 Spider
Model years2017–present
2017-2020 (North America)
AssemblyJapan: Hiroshima (Mazda Hiroshima plant)[1]
Body and chassis
ClassSports car/roadster (S)
Body style2-door convertible
LayoutFMR layout
PlatformMazda NE/NF
RelatedMazda MX-5 (ND)
Engine1.4 L MultiAir I4 (turbocharged gasoline)
Transmission6-speed manual
6-speed automatic Aisin B400[2][3][4]
Wheelbase2,310 mm (90.9 in)[4]
Length4,054 mm (159.6 in)[4]
Width1,740 mm (68.5 in)[4]
Height1,233 mm (48.5 in)[4]
Kerb weight1,050–1,070 kg (2,315–2,359 lb)[4]
PredecessorFiat Barchetta

The Fiat 124 Spider (Type 348) is a front-engine, rear-drive, two-passenger roadster manufactured by Mazda for FCA, having debuted at the 2015 LA Auto Show for model year 2016.[5]

Largely based on the fourth generation Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster, and manufactured alongside the MX-5 at Mazda's Hiroshima plant,[5][6] the 124 shares its platform, mechanicals, interior and top mechanism with the MX-5 — it is distinguished by an FCA engineered and manufactured turbocharged Multiair engine, uniquely tuned shock absorbers, unique exterior styling and slightly increased length and cargo capacity over the MX-5.[7][8][9]

The 124 nameplate and exterior styling details recall the Pininfarina-designed Fiat 124 Sport Spider, manufactured from 1966 to 1985.[5]


In May 2012, Mazda and Alfa Romeo — at the time a subsidiary of the Fiat Group, now Stellantis — announced a joint venture to manufacture a common rear wheel drive platform. The companies would "develop two differentiated, distinctly styled, iconic and brand specific, lightweight roadsters featuring rear wheel drive", with the two variants offering proprietary engines unique to each brand.[10]

In December 2014, FCA's Sergio Marchionne determined Alfa Romeos would be manufactured only in Italy,[11] saying "some things belong to a place. Alfa belongs to Italy," adding "I remain committed to that architecture, with our powertrain. I'm not sure it will be with Alfa. But it will be with one of our brands."[12]

At the time, Alfa Romeos were manufactured only in Italy, while Fiats were manufactured in Italy, but also globally — from Tychy, Poland, to Toluca, Mexico.

With their prior agreement in place — for FCA to market a roadster based on the MX-5 to be manufactured by Mazda at its Hiroshima factory — FCA conceived of marketing a Fiat badged variant in lieu of the Alfa Romeo variant.[7] In August 2016, FCA formally announced the Fiat 124 Spider based on the Mazda ND platform.[13][14]

The 124 Spider, rear

In December 2016, the Detroit News stated "in partnering with Mazda’s MX-5 Miata to resurrect the classic Fiat 124 Spider, Fiat Chrysler not only gained a halo sports car for its struggling Italian brand, but likely saved the most celebrated small sports car of the past 25 years (the MX-5)" — citing the markedly increased cost of developing a new car at the time[15] and "the costliest wave of government regulation since the 1970s."[15]

In January 2019, FCA announced that the Fiat 124 Spider was to be withdrawn from the market in the United Kingdom with immediate effect. The Abarth 124 Spider continued to be sold, but this too was withdrawn from the UK market in April 2019.

On December 23, 2020, Stellantis announced that the 124 Spider and 500 will be withdrawn from their North American model lineup after the 2020 model year and will not return for 2021, as is the situation with 500L (all the models are expected to sell into 2021 until stock depletion).[16]


The 124 Spider is powered by Fiat's 1.4 litre MultiAir turbocharged inline-four, producing 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) and 240 N⋅m (177 lb⋅ft) of torque[1] in European specification—and 160 hp (119 kW; 162 PS) and 184 lb⋅ft (249 N⋅m) of torque in North American specification.[3] The 124 manual transmission is from the third generation MX-5's six speed transmission to cope with the turbo's torque.[17]

Multiair is a hydraulically actuated variable valve timing (VVT) engine technology enabling "cylinder by cylinder, stroke by stroke"[18] control of intake air directly via a gasoline engine's inlet valves. Developed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies, the technology bypasses a primary engine inefficiency: pumping losses caused by restriction of the intake passage by the throttle plate, used to regulate air feeding the cylinders.[19]

Engines and performance[edit]

Note: MT6 = six speed manual transmission, AT6 = six speed automatic transmission.

Model Engine type Power Torque Trans. 0–100 km/h
(0–62 mph)
Top speed CO2
Fiat 124 Spider[4] 1,368 cc I4 MultiAir turbo (petrol) 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 5,000 rpm 240 N⋅m (177 lbf⋅ft) at 2,250 rpm MT6 7.5 s 215 km/h (134 mph) 148 g/km
AT6 7.6 s 214 km/h (133 mph) 153 g/km
Fiat Abarth 124 Spider[20] 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) at 5,500 rpm 250 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft) at 2,500 rpm MT6 6.8 s 232 km/h (144 mph) 148 g/km
AT6 6.9 s 229 km/h (142 mph) 153 g/km

Engines and performance, North American models[edit]

Note: MT6 = six speed manual transmission, AT6 = six speed automatic transmission.

Model Engine type Power Torque Trans. 0–60 mph
(0–97 km/h)
Top speed Fuel economy (combined) CO2
Fiat 124 Spider 1,368 cc I4 MultiAir turbo (petrol) 160 hp (119 kW) at 5,500 rpm 184 lb⋅ft (249 N⋅m) at 2,500 rpm MT6 6.8 s n/a 30 mpg‑US (7.8 L/100 km) 298 g/mi
AT6 6.8 s n/a 29 mpg‑US (8.1 L/100 km) 302 g/mi
Fiat 124 Spider Abarth 164 hp (122 kW) at 5,500 rpm 184 lb⋅ft (249 N⋅m) at 2,500 rpm MT6 n/a n/a n/a n/a
AT6 n/a n/a n/a n/a

Limited editions[edit]

At the 124's debut, Fiat marketed a 124 Spider Anniversary edition, with 124 units carrying the designation—to commemorate the 50th anniversary of original 124 Sport Spider. Including features of the 124 Spider Lusso Plus trim, the edition also includes chromed mirrors, red '124' badge on the front grille, interior numbered plaque, red exterior and black leather interior.[21]

Abarth 124 Spider[edit]

The Abarth 124 Spider is a performance version of the Fiat 124 Spider (2016). It features an upgraded version of the 124's 1.4 litre MultiAir Turbo engine tuned to produce 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) at 5,500 rpm and 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) of torque at 2500 rpm.


Jeremy Clarkson, in his "Driving" column of The Sunday Times, gave the Fiat 124 Spider three out of five stars, saying that "You'd expect the Fiat, being Italian and all, to be sportier and more manic than the MX-5, but actually it's quieter and less fun."[22]


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  15. ^ a b Payne, Henry (20 June 2016). "Payne: How Fiat saved Mazda's Miata". Detroit News. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  16. ^ Hurd, Bryon (23 December 2020). "Fiat 124, 500L dead for 2021; 500X gets $250 price hike". Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  17. ^ Car and Driver: the previous-gen Miata’s six-speed gearbox to cope with the turbo’s torque, accessdate: 12. October 2017
  18. ^ "Fiat's Multiair engine wins Popular Science award". Popular Science via 17 November 2010. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016.
  19. ^ Gillies, Mark (October 2009). "Fiat's Multiair Valve-Lift System Explained". Car and Driver.
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