After more than 30 years, the Fiat 124 Spider is back. Fiat has announced that the first shipment of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spiders has arrived at ports in the U.S., with sales kicking off this month.
“After much anticipation, the all-new Fiat 124 Spider is here in the U.S. and will start to arrive at Fiat studios next week,” said Bob Broderdorf, Director of Fiat Brand North America. “Just in time for the prime convertible season, customers will now have the opportunity to experience our Italian-designed, fun-to-drive roadster for themselves.”
The 124 Spider’s roots date back to Nov. 2, 1966, when the original Fiat 124 Spider was introduced at the Turin Auto Show. Spider sales in the U.S. began in 1968 and concluded in 1985. Although the 124 Spider shares its bones with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, it gets unique styling details and different engines.
The roadster is powered by a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine, the engine’s first application in a rear-wheel-drive vehicle. The engine delivers 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque on Classica and Lusso, 164 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque on Abarth, and is available with a six-speed manual transmission (26 mpg city/35 mpg highway) or a six-speed automatic transmission (25 mpg city/36 mpg highway).
Pricing starts at $24,995.