I wish they would start making more cars to look more retro with all
of today's technology features.
Fiat has a definite use for its recent US trademark on the 124 Spider
name, and it's something that should make many performance fans quite
happy. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed to Auto Express that the
Italian brand's future roadster would bear the classic name.
Auto Express reportedly asked Marchionne directly about the
convertible at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The CEO said: "Do we
want to do it now?" After another executive verified the name,
Marchionne responded: "There you go a world class premiere
right in this room!"
Autoblog reached out to Fiat Brand communications boss in the US Ariel
Gavilan for more information, and he verified the story. Gavilan said
that brand head Olivier François confirmed the 124 Spider name to
international media during a briefing in Geneva.
FCA isn't going quite so far as officially confirming that the 124
Spider shares a platform with the latest Mazda MX-5 Miata, but that's
almost a certainty. The two automakers jointly developed the chassis,
and the original plan was for it to underpin an Alfa Romeo. However,
Marchionne didn't want an Alfa assembled outside of Italy. Fiat even
hinted at this possible change as far back as the corporation's
five-year plan last summer.
Insiders tell Auto Express that the 124 Spider reportedly carries
retro-inspired style, and hopefully, that means the roadster evokes
the look of the original 124 Sport Spider (pictured below) by
Pininfarina. Fiat allegedly is also aiming for a weight less than
2,205 pounds, and the engine range is likely comprised of versions of
the brand's 1.4-liter turbo. The mill already pumps out 160 horsepower
and 183 pound-feet of torque in the Fiat 500 Abarth in the US.
According to Auto Express, Fiat and Mazda have an agreement to launch
the Miata in 2015 and the 124 Spider in 2016. A hotter Abarth version
could come along eventually, too.
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