The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider has been spied testing for the first time ever, showing the sports car’s surprisingly drastic differentiation from the Mazda Miata on which it’s based.
As we can tell from the photos, the 124 Spider will be much more than a red-badged new Miata. It appears as though Fiat has applied completely redesigned front and rear ends for their version of the drop-top two seater, and while the doors appear the same as the Miata’s, we’re willing to bet those are subject to change, too.
Powering the 124 Spider will be Fiat’s 1.4-liter turbocharged engine found in the 500 Abarth and Dodge Dart. Due to the 124’s sporty nature, it may even be in a higher state of tune than the 160 horsepower version found in the 500 Abarth. A six-speed manual will be the standard transmission option, while a six-speed automatic will likely be offered as an option.
Fiat recently confirmed it will keep its product portfolio concentrated in the United States, limiting its focus to the 500 family and the 124 Spider. The production verson of the 124 Spider is expected to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, not long after the refreshed 500 is shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Check out the photos here.