According to the latest rumors coming off the mill, the fan-requested Fiat 124 Coupe might actually become a reality – even coming as fast as next year or in 2018 at the latest.
The Mazda MX-5 – on which the Fiat 124 is based (some might say copied, save for the exterior design) – has a normal, classic soft fabric roof version and a more upscale Retractable Fastback (RF) body style that incorporates a complex electrically-operated targa top. Fiat meanwhile is looking for a more practical and cheap solution, the new 124 derivative being a classic coupe. This is great news for those looking for something like this since in between the 124 and MX-5 there will be more choices. Fiat has already previewed the concept – remember the 124 Spider Rally introduced at the Geneva Motor Show back in March?
Thus it’s a simple matter of turning it street-legal – though we’re of course sure the aggressive body kit will be nowhere to be found. Apparently the Fiat bosses haven’t decided yet on the exact powertrains for the 124 Coupe, as the regular version – depending on the market – has 138 hp, 158 hp, and 178 hp versions of the same turbocharged 1.4-liter unit. While roadsters usually commend a premium over their coupe counterparts it appears this is not the case, with the 124 Coupe about ten percent more costly than its Spider counterpart, with assembly taking place at the same location, alongside the MX-5 and 124 Spider in the Mazda Ujina factory.