The official premiere of the Fiat 124 Spider – the collaborative effort model based off the iconic Mazda MX-5 Miata – is just weeks away, meaning Fiat has to entice the masses with a teaser.
Done deal, here’s the teaser. Two cartoonish teaser images have been released into the wild by the Italian automaker to generate hype around the approaching 124 Spider that will debut mid-November at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. The teaser depicts post card-style works of allegedly coming from Madrid and Rome – though they have been released by the US unit of the manufacturer. The car has not yet taken center stage and is only depicted in animated form at the bottom of the post cards. Unfortunately for Fiat the praying camera of spy photographers has already showcased the model a while back without any camo while undertaking a (!) photo session near Santa Barbara in California. The base model – the Japanese MX-5 – is clearly visible as the Fiat version only has a different front and rear end that are reminiscent of the original 1966 Fiat 124 Spider designed by Pininfarina.
So far only technical details remain a mystery, but we anticipate the 124 Spider will use a 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine as the base, coming with 180 bhp (134 kW), and mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. We’re also rooting for the sportier Abarth variant that could trespass into Alfa Romeo territory and use the 1.75-liter unit and a DCT transmission.