The Fiat 124 Spider… The Classic 60’s Sports Car Brought Bang Up-To-Date
August 31, 2017
Celebrating 50 years since the birth of the original Fiat 124 Spider, elements of that iconic 60’s design remain both in and out. Of course for a set of wheels in the 21st century, you’d expect all the mod cons of a modern day sports car and you do get those little luxuries to ensure you’re in for a thrilling ride.
Opting to test drive the Fiat 124 in stand out, sexy Passione Red (little convertible sports cars should always be red in my book), the Spider also comes in seven other show stopping shades including the racy Volcano Black and the colour popping Italic Blue.
With a top speed of 134mph and accelerating from 0-62 in just 7.5 seconds, the turbo charged petrol engine delivers 140 horsepower and a maximum torque of 240.
Having had a Mazda in the past, the similarities were obvious – based on the MX5, the 124 Spider is even built in the same factory in Japan and as a result, has a familiar steering wheel, dash and infotainment system. With some nice touches inside though including the luxurious Italian leather and trim, those low saddle seats are easy to get comfy in and although there isn’t that much storage space up front, the boot is nice and big and definitely enough to get a small case or bigger weekend bag, or of course a good few bags of shopping! The infotainment system is nice and easy to use, the handbrake is mounted high for easy control and there’s Bluetooth and USB ports to make sure your phone never runs out of juice.
And the drive? It’s niiiiiice. With soft suspension, a quiet engine and a six speed gearbox which reacts well, the Fiat is sharp, handles very well on the bends and feels really good on long drives. It has a good grip on the road in the rain, and although can be a little slow to kick in, it’s 1.4 litre engine is punchy, and most importantly, a lot of fun!
With extra features on the Lusso Plus (which I drove) including Bose sound speakers in the headrests and adaptive LED headlights, the roof is still a simple, manual clip lock latch, which rather than waiting for an electric hood, can be put or down in seconds – especially handy in British summertime when rain seems to come out of nowhere! There’s also beautiful 16″ alloys, keyless start to the engine, air con and cruise control to mention just a few of those special touches.
Although beautifully curvy, it’s definitely not just a girlie car. The Fiat 124 Spider is stylish, sculpted, reliable and exciting to drive. Yes it might feel a bit grown up for a little red sports car, but then as it celebrates its 50th birthday, what would you expect?! Not quite ‘mature’, we’ll go with sophisticated…
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield