Tiny, light cars are a big deal in Italy, and Fiat has made several over the course of its history. The latest is the 124 Spider, which shares much of its underside with a Mazda Miata – the car that has defined the modern roadster experience.
Under the hood of the 124 lives a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that produces 160 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque paired with a six-speed short-throw gearbox. The more aggressive Abarth model uses the same engine with a slight bump of four horsepower.
Inside, the 124 will continue to get Uconnect infotainment and a four-speaker sound system. The cars can be upgraded with options packages, some of which bring features like navigation, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, parking assistance, and various appearance upgrades.
The 124 Spider really only has one direct competitor, and that’s the car it’s based on: The Mazda MX-5 Miata. Otherwise, buyers may shop for the Toyota 86 or Mini Cooper instead. Pricing will start at $25,440.