Fiat 124 Spider vs Mazda Miata
The Mazda Miata has always been a unique roadster in a segment all to its own. Some may wonder, then, why Fiat decided to develop their Spider roadster concept on the back of the niche Mazda two-seater. The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider seeks to enhance rather than take away from the recently debuted Miata MX-5’s legacy. At its core, the Spider employs classic yet unique styling, enhanced driving demeanor and fine Italian interior livery on top of the classic profile and outstanding performance of the Mazda Miata.
The outside of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider and 2016 Mazda Miata is where the two roadsters differ most. While they share a chassis and many common underpinnings, the Fiat’s exterior sheet metal adds five inches in length from its extended front and rear overhangs. This serves to balance out the proportions of the Miata frame, which opted for a wider, shorter form factor in its fourth generation design.
Also of note is the departure of the current, heavily sculpted Miata from its previously more well-rounded styling, something that will cause many Miata traditionalists to find solace in the 124 Spider’s style.
The biggest difference between the 2017 124 Spider and the 2016 MX-5 Miata lies in the Spider’s Italian-sourced engine and suspension. In the Miata, a 155 hp 2.0 liter four-cylinder drives the car, while the Fiat earns more push from its 160 hp turbocharged 1.4 liter four-cylinder. Abarth version Spiders get an added boost of 4 hp from improved exhaust and tuning.
Much of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider’s interior is shared with the 2016 Mazda Miata. Recaro seats are an optional upgrade that is easier to get hold of on the Spider, and the Spider also offers some luxuriant faux-suede seating finishes to live up to its bellissimo expectations.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider vs 2016 Mazda Miata Verdict
If Ontario, Wayne County and Sodus drivers find something they love in the 2016 Mazda Miata, they are bound to find a little extra something special in the 2017 Fiat Spider. With better torque and a more sophisticated power train and suspension, it pulls ahead of the Miata in an objective comparison – especially at highway speeds.
You can come in and marvel at the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider by scheduling one for a test drive at Peake in Wayne County today.