|2017 Fiat 124 Spider Manual REVIEWS|
We're not modest in our warmth for Mazda's most recent MX-5 Miata, a 10Best Cars–winning roadster that typifies the majority of the driving happiness we want in a little, fun sports auto. That Fiat's new 124 Spider is essentially the same auto underneath makes it great too, a perception as we've noted in a few surveys, including an examination test between the two in which the sportiest Club rendition of the Miata bested the 124 Spider Abarth.
While the Fiat's most essential arrangement looked into here sits at the inverse end of the lineup from the fiery Abarth, it's still brilliantly basic if to some degree more casual than its Mazda cousin.
|2017 Fiat 124 Spider Manual|
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider range begins at the $25,990 Classica trim with the six-speed manual transmission, which costs an insufficient $240 more than the base 2016 Miata Sport (Mazda has yet to discharge 2017 estimating). While the general execution of Fiat's retro configuration is a subjective matter, it's for the most part tasteful once you look past the humorously oversize Fiat identification on the nose. Our test auto's little 16-inch wheels, notwithstanding, consolidated with the 124's extra 5.5 inches long versus the Mazda, loaned it a gawkier appearance than the svelte and conditioned MX-5. In truth, the taller sidewalls of our auto's Yokohama Advan Sport tires (estimated 195/50 versus the discretionary 205/45R-17s) bear the cost of a marginally more consistent ride over unpleasant streets, however the littler rollers leave through and through a lot of void space in the wheel wells. Those all-season tires likewise gave back minimal measure of sidelong stick we've recorded for any "Fiata" (0.85 g), and also a so-so 171-foot prevent from 70 mph.
The Italian Job
Our 2429-pound test auto was around 100 pounds lighter than the last 124 we tried with the discretionary six-speed programmed transmission yet about the same sum heavier than our long haul Miata Club model with the manual. The keep going Abarth rendition on our scales was 80 pounds porkier still. The more prominent mass shows in the Fiat's driving conduct, with the Spider feeling a touch bigger and more blunt, yet less apprehensive, than its Mazda kin. Fiat's standard suspension blocking dials out a significant part of the body move Mazda heated into the MX-5, and the 124's electrically helped controlling is somewhat less willing to start a turn. The Spider remains an inconceivably lithe and material two-seater and can be effortlessly urged into floats around corners, it's simply not as fresh or as engaging close as far as possible. Despite the fact that our estimations don't uncover much contrast, the 124 Spider's additional sound protection and thicker glass do marginally decrease the uproar of street and wind clamor found in the Miata, especially on the expressway.
|2017 interior Fiat 124 Spider Manual|
Calmer both in sound quality and character is the turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir inline-four under the Fiat's twofold vented hood; it's as laggy and unexciting as the Miata's actually suctioned 2.0-liter four-barrel is fizzing. There is more power close by—an aggregate of 160 steeds in this present auto's non-Abarth trim, and a heavy 184 lb-ft of torque—and it conveys strong midrange punch. Be that as it may, the turbo support constructs gradually beneath 2500 rpm, and the fun rapidly decreases above 5500 revs, requiring extra footwork from the driver to keep the motor in its sweet spot. To deal with the more prominent measure of torque, Spiders likewise utilize a chunkier shifter connected to the manual gearbox from the past era MX-5. While it functions admirably, with positive engagements of every proportion, the most recent Mazda's stick is significantly sweeter in its activity. Driven more as an open-top cruiser than as a byway charger, the 124 is wonderful and enough effective, with a decent snarl from its double fumes pipes that won't wear on you like the Abarth's less muted burble.
|2017 engine Fiat 124 Spider Manual REVIEWS|
Our test auto dashed to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, which is 0.5 second slower than our long haul MX-5 yet 0.5 second snappier than the programmed 124 Spider. Those edges recoil marginally at the quarter-mile mark, yet our manual Fiat still split the two pretty intimately with a 14.9-second go at 95 mph. We arrived at the midpoint of a respectable 27 mpg over more than 1000 miles, an impressive change over the 21 mpg we saw with the programmed rendition. The Fiat turned in 39 mpg in our 200-mile, 75-mph street test.