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.

Ontario, Wayne County and Sodus drivers looking for an engrossing driving experience unlike any other may find themselves very interested in the Fiat 124 Spider and its relationship to the Mazda Miata. They can learn more about how it differs from the Miata below before learning where they can enjoy a thrilling test drive in Sodus.

Exterior

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.

As a result, the Fiat exudes a more classic sports car appearance, helped along by its influence from the Pininfarina-designed original 124 Spider built in 1966. Sculpted hood ridges and a bisected grille give off an instant aura of European luxury. Optional flashy upgrades like Abarth scorpion badging, hand-painted hood and trunk accents, and bright alloy wheels further separate the Italian coupe from its Japanese assembly line mate.

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.

FIAT 124 

Performance

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.

This turbo admittedly gives the Spider a bit more off-the-line lag compared to the slightly more sprightly Miata, but it ends up lending a stronger power band up to the 124 Spider’s 6500 rpm red line. The unique suspension also provides more tactile body roll in turns along with better handling via the differing electronic steering mechanism.

Interior

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.

Aside from that, both cars are compact inside but provide enough comfortable space for a gleeful driver and their passenger.

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.