The MX-5 is looking a bit frumpy right about now.
Combining the all-new Miata's platform with the 500 Abarth's 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four and some sharp Italian styling, this is the new Fiat 124 Spider. Unveiled at the LA Auto Show this week, there are some cute references to the original model that debuted some fifty years ago. The hexagonal grille on the upright fascia, power-dome hood, rounded lamps and rectangular taillamps are the most obvious cues to the past, while LED DRLs, and crisp sharp styling ground the roadster in the present.
The turbo-four is rated at 160 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque, and can be mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Fiat has hopefully mimicked the Abarth's engine soundtrack, because that little puppy has one mean bark. Inside, the 124 Spider is almost identical to the Miata save for badging and fine details, and there is plenty of room for the larger gentleman. And if you're quick off the mark, the first 124 vehicles will be offered as a Prima Edizione Lusso, with a commemorative badge, exclusive Azzuro Italia exterior and Saddle leather seats. Fiat may charge a bit more than Mazda for its MX-5 clone, but trust us when we say that this car will be worth it. We've seen it and it's nothing short of gorgeous. Live shots by Alden Tatum.