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This Is What Makes 2018 Fiat 124 Spider S-Design An Elegant Sports Car

Fiat is one of the most prestigious global car manufacturers, and they have been around making cars since 1899. The company had a rich heritage by not just making some of the best automobiles in the world, but also having a racing lineage. The company has had a difficult time in North America since it started its production and has faced some market challenges. Talking about the 2018 Fiat 124 spider, this name first was used by Fiat in 1966.

The Fiat Spider results from a joint venture between Fiat and Mazda as the vehicle was based on the extremely delightful Mazda Miata. The joint venture evolved with loads of European modern-day technology and features, coupled with amazing Japanese engineering that built the solid chassis of the Miata. The most significant point of differentiation between the Miata and the Spider was that the Spider used a turbocharged engine, which gave a bit of work in the pants feel while driving.

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Fiat 124 Spider S-Design: Stellar Italian Styling


2018 Fiat 124 spider S design's Side View
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The design of the Fiat spider got upgraded and European however, if noticed closely, one can see the resemblance between Spider and the Mazda Miata. The vehicle’s design was showcased at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and launched as a new variant to the Fiat 124 Spider. The iconic low stance and the vehicle’s two-door silhouette are carried forward; moreover, the better styling and sharper design elements got garnished. The car shares its chassis and frame with the Miata; even so, almost all body panels are different and are in better style. The Spider is more extensive, in terms of proportions, marginally than the Miata. Starting from the vehicle’s front end, it has a quirky design for the LED DRL, which houses the projector headlamp. Lower down the bumper, and it has fog lamps which also come with a cornering function and some black accents around it. The front grill in all-black features a split design with a body-color panel running between them.


The front hood of the automobile is a throwback to the 1966 Fiat Spider, as it features two U-shaped design elements that have embossed on the hood. The S design package adds in some features and styling elements on the interior and exterior of the vehicle, enhancing the level of luxury and comfort. The design of the wheels is also exclusive to the S line as it features 17-inch wheels finished in all black. Towards the side, the car has a gunmetal gray finish on the A-pillar of the vehicle and on the side mirror caps, which go well in contrast to the car. The only sore angle of the vehicle is when one views it from the rear three-quarters from the right side as the tall radio antenna sticks out and makes it look out of place, almost as if it is a remote control car. The rear taillights are a classic Fiat design and what is interesting about them is that they have a body-colored panel in between them, making them look stand out and stylish. The taillights are all LED units, and they also have turn indicators embedded in them. The vehicle provides a dual-port exhaust placed on either end of the bumpers, and the bumper has the reverse light and the rear fog lamp in the lower half of it.


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Fiat 124 Spider S-Design: Better Engine Tune


2018 Fiat 124 spider S design On The Move
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Under the bonnet, the vehicle has an entirely different engine than the Mazda Miata as it uses a turbocharged unit. It has a 1.4-liter engine, and this is the same engine found on the Fiat 500 but has given an additional boost. The vehicle produces 160 HP and 184 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharger produces nearly 22 pounds of boost, and all of its power is sent to the rear wheels in a classic Roadster fashion. The car was offered with either a 6 speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission and was as light as a feather, weighing in at just 2500 pounds. It makes a 0-60 MPH in just 7.5 seconds and a top speed of nearly 135 MPH.


Fiat 124 Spider S-Design: Tech Savvy


2018 Fiat 124 spider S design Back View
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The vehicle’s interior was fairly minimal but loaded with all the necessary equipment and Technology. The car came with a 7-inch touchscreen display which had navigation and multimedia functionality, along with a 9 speaker Bose Sound System which had its speakers embedded in the headres. The vehicle also had automatic climate control along with cruise control, and the center console also featured a drive mode selector. Moreover, the layout of the switches was pretty similar to the Mazda Miata, and the controls were easy to operate and fell right in hand.

Overall, the Fiat 124 Spider was a stunning sports car with a better styling appeal than the Miata. The addition of the S design package made it very elegant and drool-worthy.

Sources: Fiat, Top Speed, Top Gear


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