Following the reveal in front of the worldwide audience attending the LA Auto Show in California, hospital FCA’s Fiat unit has decided to also cater to the home front, unveiling the Euro-spec 124 Spider.
This second introduction comes very fast for this Italian-flaired Mazda MX-5 and we can see the model adopting new paint shades – and coming even closer we also noticed some minor modifications operated at the headlight and taillight level. Also, the US specification had mandatory orange side markers (safety regulations) and the Euro-model now has a cleaner look without them. Other than that the model should have the same underpinnings – based on the Japanese icon Mazda MX-5’s latest generation, while Fiat designers pat each other’s backs because they said they modified all body panels for added Italian flair. Meanwhile, the shared 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo powerplant has received a detune job while jumping across the Atlantic and now only churns out 140 bhp (104 kW) and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) compared to the North American brother that comes with 160 bhp (119 kW) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm). We’re also yet to see if the US-spec auto transmission will carry over as an option to the standard six-speed manual.
European dealerships are expected to receive the all new Fiat 124 Spider sometimes during the second part of 2016 and more details will be revealed closer to the launch date. By the way, Fiat has already confirmed a more hardcore Abarth version is on store so you might want to hold on to your check book if the current 124 Spider is not really impressive.