The Fiat 124 Spider is an ultra stylish convertible sports car manufactured by Fiat for model year 1966 1985. Designed by and produced at the Italian automobile maker Pininfarina, the front-drive, rear engine, mid-engine Sport Spider debuted in the then-new October 1966 Turin Auto Show. It featured a full-face sport styled body, complete with side skirts, kidney grills, deep fog lights, alloy wheels, badges, rear shock absorbers, and front bumpers. This article covers the highlights of this very popular Convertible Spider, as well as some important facts about this Italian sports car.
The Fiat 124 Spider has two different drive types, rear-wheel drive and mid-motor drive. Its ride is firm and comfortable, despite its open top. It was developed as a parallel vehicle. Both the engine and the brakes are gas powered, giving it excellent performance. The drivetrain uses a set of powerful turbocharged V6 engines, and the batteries have been upgraded to include heavy duty lithium polymer cells. As with many high-performance, high mileage sports cars, the fuel cells are replaced with nickel metal hydride cells.
All the standard features of the Fiat 124 Spider are present, including two USB ports, a GPS navigator, Bluetooth, a front airbag, a large canopy with clear visors, a nine-speaker stereo with titanium horns, and a two-speaker audio system with subwoofers, bass and echo speakers. A nice touch is the satellite radio system, which can be used in conjunction with your regular stereo. There's also a nice screen with easy to read fonts. Other standard features include leather interior and sporty suspension.
In addition to all the standard features, some of the Fiat124 Spider's extras are nice bonuses. It's not the most powerful four-door sedan available, but it's one of the most fun to drive. Despite being a small vehicle, it manages to feel strong and sporty despite its size. With a manual transmission, you can choose between manual and automatic gears. The Fiat 124 Spider has an all-wheel drive with the ability to lock the front wheels and no tail-gating option.
Even though the Fiat 124 Spider has some unique features, other models in its class have some cool additions, too. For example, the Scion TC is equipped with a great sound system that, while not very powerful, complements the powerful engine well. A sporty rear end, naturally, adds to the car's flair. Another neat trick is the addition of a six-speaker audio system with a double overhead audio system.
While it may not be as powerful as the Civic model it does offer some unique luxury features. The Fiat 124 Spider comes standard with leather interior upholstery, including the center console and all door seats. The interior styling is decidedly modern, though it retains a sporty look. The standard engine is a 1.3-liter standard engine with turbo lag.
Despite its modern look, the Fiat 124 Spider offers plenty of standard safety features. Four airbags as well as side-impact airbags are standard on this variant of the Fiat Romeo. Standard safety features on the front and rear of the car include stability control, traction control, electronic brake lights, and a roll-bar recovery system. All of these features make the Fiat 124 Spider a great fit for younger drivers who might be a little more adventurous when it comes to driving at night.
Though it does lack some of the sporty features of the Civic it does offer strong handling thanks to a five-door body construction that is sure to please even the pickiest of customers. Overall, this Fiat Romeo has received mixed reviews. Some people love the way the Fiat 124 Spider handles while others think it lacks too many features while lacking overall sophistication. This ultimately leads to the overall conclusion that this Fiat Romeo still remains a great sports car but is no superman. Regardless of this, people can at least say they have a new sports car to drive when they buy a Fiat 124 Spider.