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Friday, July 15, 2016

Driving The Fiat 124 Spider

Fiat 124 Spider Prima Edizione

The first car I ever bought was a Fiat 124 Spider, and I spent a good portion of my youth driving that car and other spiders I would own or have access to over the years. So when Fiat invited me to sample their new 124 Spider I was excited to see how the 2017 version would stack up against my cherished memories. This would not be easy because the original 124 Spider was known for its refined driving performance and elegant, sophisticated good looks.


Early Fiat 124 Sport Spider

Fiat did well picking the venue. Fiat put together a beautiful route through the hills and canyon roads outside San Diego. It was the perfect location to experience the handling of the new 124 Spider. Along with the winding roads, Fiat also had some highway sections for high-speed testing.



After a presentation by the members of the 124 engineering, design, and marketing team, Fiat turned us loose on the road. During a press drive, we typically team up with another journalist, so one drives while the other navigates. This way everyone gets turns at the wheel. I lucked out and teamed up with a Fiat executive which gave me maximum seat time. Towards the end of the day, those who wanted got to sample 124 Spider Abarth pre-production cars on an autocross track Fiat laid out in a stadium parking lot.

Fiat 124 Spider Design Sketch

Background
The new Fiat 124 Spider is the modern day interpretation of the classic 124 Sport Spider introduced to the world at the 1966 Torino Auto Show. The classic 124 Sport Spider was a revelation in the affordable roadster segment because it offered sophisticated technology like a high revving twin cam engine, 5 -speed gearbox, 4- wheel disc brakes and an ingenious watertight convertible top that could be folded up or down in seconds. The car was thoroughly modern while its main competitors of the day were older designs that relied on low-revving push-rod engines, stodgy suspensions and complicated convertible tops that usually leaked.



1971 Fiat 124 Sport Spider Brochure
The 124 Spider was universally acclaimed for its refinement and driving pleasure as well as its good looks.



Ferrari 275 GTS

With styling penned by the legendary Tom Tjaarda of Pininfarina and incorporating design cues taken from the Ferrari 275 GTS and Tjaarda's own Corvette Rondine concept car, the car was and still is considered a masterpiece.

Fiat produced somewhere around 190,000 124 Spiders, 170,000 of those were sold in the US between 1968 and 1985, and about 8,000 are still registered on our roads today.

The New Spider
Picking up where Fiat left off, Mazda introduced their own version of an affordable modern roadster in 1989, the MX5 Miata. The Miata is commonly referred to as the Japanese take on a British roadster. However, its specs which included a twin cam engine, 5-speed gearbox, 4-wheel disc brakes and a well-sorted chassis is arguably closer to the 1966 Fiat 124 Spider than any affordable English roadster. Something to think about?

Regardless, fast forward to 2012 and it is only fitting that the two car companies that have contributed the most to affordable sportscar enthusiasts teamed up to share development costs on a new generation of modern roadsters. The FCA car would use the new chassis that Mazda was developing but create a unique car with its own exterior design, an Italian engine and do its own chassis tuning.

At first, FCA was going to use the joint venture as a way to supply Alfa Romeo with a new Duetto Spider, but later switched gears and gave the project over to Fiat and Abarth. That brings us to today's 124 Spider.

Exterior

Fiat 124 Spider Lusso

Styling of the new car was performed at Fiat Centro Stile in Italy by a team led by Felix Kilbertus who was the former lead designer at Pininfarina a while back. The car is not really a retro design or copy, and all exterior sheet metal is unique to Fiat and not used by Mazda. The 124 Spider is 5 inches longer than the MX5. Different concepts were proposed, but the one selected incorporated some of the distinctive stylistic elements of the original Tjaarda design but reinterpreted in a modern way.

2017 Fiat Spider Styling Cues

The classic's signature belt-line kick up on the rear quarters, the "seagull" section on the rear fenders and rear deck lid shape, as well as headlight bucket contours that help define the hexagonal upper grille, are all there, but with a fresh take.

New touches such as available LED headlights and prominent air splitters up front, and a rear decklid spoiler, LED taillights, and dual exhaust out back keeps the design current looking.

Abarth 124 Spider Sketch


The Abarth version turns up the heat big time. Aggressive, and aerodynamically tuned front and rear fascias are added. The front features a larger air intake, which is functional and can support the needs of the 300 hp Abarth 124 Rally.

An optional anti-glare racing kit is available that consists of a matte black painted hood and trunk. Sometimes called the Heritage Look, cars that receive the matte black hood and trunk are sent to a special Mopar facility near the port where the car is partially disassembled, and the finish applied by hand by a master painter. This is a labor intensive show car quality paint job that uses the "hide the line " paint technique where you cannot feel the paint edge.

Fiat Abarth 124 Rally Stradale

The Heritage package celebrates the look of the original Fiat Abarth 124 Rally. The anti-glare kit on that car did double duty as glare reduction and also as a thermal heat sink to absorb underhood heat.


Classic and Current 124 Spiders


Virgilio Fernandez, Chief Designer Interior for Fiat Centro Stile and the man responsible for the interior of the new Spider as well as the 500, 500L and 500X, likens the design of the new Spider to a son who bears a strong family resemblance to the father, but has grown taller and more powerful.

Taken as a whole, the new 124 Spider does carry on the elegant, European flair of the original with maybe a touch more aggression. For a guy who had posters of Spiders hanging up on his walls when he was a kid, I have to say the design works for me, especially from the front.

Interior

124 Spider Lusso Interior

To complement the European sports car styling of the exterior, Fiat gave the inside of the new 124 Spider a makeover. While some main interior components like the dashboard, center console, and switchgear are carried over from the MX5, Fiat's changes create a whole different atmosphere. Here is where Virgilio Fernandez worked his magic. Think more upscale European grand tourer vs. Japanese minimalist look.

Gone are the body painted hard plastic door panels of the MX5 and in are the gracefully sculpted and appointed 124 Spider panels. The seat structure is unique to Fiat and designed for enhanced, long ride comfort. Seat upholstery is upgraded, and the leather is rich and supple. Lusso and Abarth models have a leatherette wrapped instrument panel binnacle cover, creating continuity to other upscale sporty Fiat models like the 500 Abarth and 500X. The lower dashboard on these models is also covered and padded.


124 Spider Lusso Dashboard

Just like the original Spider, the new car has an easy to operate convertible top. With the top down, you reach behind you, release a catch and just pull the top up and engage the latch. It is a one handed operation and the top has an assist feature that helps raise it so it doesn't require much effort. The power windows also automatically lower approximately 140 mm to assist with operating the top.

Mazda MX5 Door Panel

These images comparing the door panel on the MX5 and the 124 Spider underscore the differences in the interior and what each company was going for. The Mazda's door panel features a body-colored hard plastic upper area and is a simple design with a pillow like armrest. It is a minimalist design that calls to mind the basic and raw sportscars of the 1950s and early 1960s.


Fiat 124 Spider Door Panel

The Fiat, on the other hand, is heavily sculpted and features soft-touch materials and padding. The armrest/door pull recalls the classic 124 Spider's. The design is sophisticated and upmarket looking and compliments the seat upholstery, giving the car a refined, European high-quality feel.

Mazda MX5 Instrument Cluster

Mazda MX5 Instrument cluster. Note the fonts used and compare to the ones used on the Fiat.

124 Spider Abarth Instrument Cluster

The font used on the Fiat is much more stylized, modern and sporty.

Fiat 124 Spider Trunk Room

The Fiat 124 Spider has the largest trunk in its class

Adding to the refinement is a new Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH) package, that includes eight additional points of noise abatement compared to the MX5, including extra insulator pads underneath the floor and transmission tunnel, acoustic glass windshield, thicker insulated top and thicker rear glass.

The results are a quiet car at highway speeds where normal conversations are possible. This car is substantially quieter than the MX5. Even with the top down, the car is surprisingly quiet as the windshield post channels air over the passenger compartment which eliminates the buffeting that normally would have you reaching to put the top up on lesser cars after 10 minutes on the highway. Wind buffeting is almost non-existent at normal speeds. I drove the car for hours with the top down, even at speeds in excess of 90 mph all while carrying on normal conversations. That is something you can't do in a traditional convertible, and it is impressive.


Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Interior

While arguably most Fiat enthusiasts would love to see a 100% Fiat designed interior, the added refinement is very much like what the original Spider brought to the roadster segment when it was new 50 years ago, so in this way there is continuity. Both the old and the new Spider are a nice way to spend a long day with, but the integrated air conditioning and quiet environment of the new car are tough to beat.


Engine

Spider Engine (European Engine Cover Shown)

The 1966 Fiat 124 Spider came with a revolutionary twin overhead cam engine that featured belt drive and easy to adjust valves. This greatly simplified manufacturing and made a twin overhead cam engine a reality in an affordable car. Before the Fiat Twin Cam engine came out, only expensive cars used this valve arrangement.

Fiat Classic Twin Cam Engine
The first affordable, mass produced twin overhead cam engine.

Like the original 124 Spider, the new Spider also features a noteworthy engine design. The Fiat 124 Spider uses the 1.4 L MultiAir Turbo that first debuted in the Alfa Romeo MiTo and has made its way over the years into numerous other FCA models including the North American 500 Abarth. Hallmark of this engine is the MultiAir technology that earned it the title of Best New Engine of 2010 in the International Engine of the Year Awards.

MultiAir Cylinder Head


The 16 valve cylinder head for the 124 Spider started off as a twin cam design, but in MultiAir form, gets the intake cam tossed in favor of electro-hydraulic valve actuation. MultiAir operates directly on the intake valves and is best described as variable valve timing on steroids. Intake valve opening and lift can be infinitely varied, stroke by stroke, cylinder by cylinder. The efficiency impeding throttle valve function is also replaced by direct control over the intake valves. Real world gains in drivability and fun to drive characteristics, as well as fuel economy and exhaust emission improvements are realized. In particular, MultiAir boosts low-speed torque and part throttle response.




In the 124 Spider, the MultiAir Turbo produces 160 hp @5500 rpm and 184 lbs-ft of torque at 3200 rpm. The Abarth version produces 164 hp which is attributed to the free flow exhaust. However, the tuning is also different than the standard car. The Abarth is equipped with a Sport button and when engaged the Abarth's throttle response is more aggressive, and the engine's 184lbs-ft of torque is now available at 2500 rpm, 700 rpm lower than when not in Sport mode and the other Spider models. Classica and Lusso models do not have a Sport button. By comparison, these other models make 169lbs-ft of torque at 2500 rpm, 15 lbs-ft less than the Abarth in Sport mode at the same rpm.

In Sport mode, automatic transmission shift calibrations are also changed, and gears are held longer, and shifts are made quicker. Steering calibration is also modified, and stability control settings have more oversteer dialed in for an even sportier handling feel.


Fiat 124 Spider Intercooler

Other specs for the engine show a maximum boost pressure of 22psi, and the car uses a front mount intercooler.  Zero to 60 mph is officially 6.8 seconds with an aggressive 4,000 rpm launch, although some development drivers have recorded the run in 6.4 seconds. The engine's redline is 6,250 rpm.

The Spider is the first application of the 1.4L MultiAir Turbo in a longitudinal installation, which required numerous changes to the engine. Different manifolds, oil pan, timing cover, intercooler, and mounts were needed and re-engineered. Even the ignition coils were changed out.



Exhaust

124 Abarth Exhaust (Pre-production system shown)

The 124 Spider features a dual outlet exhaust. Plain stainless steel tailpipes are used on Classica models, while Lusso models sport chrome tips. In keeping with Carlo Abarth's legacy, a free-flow high-performance exhaust is standard on the Spider Abarth, complete with quad tailpipes. In contrast to the North American 500 Abarth, which uses an unmuffled system, the Spider Abarth has two extra bends and does have a muffler. The rear valance is also unique to accommodate the larger tailpipes.


124 Spider Record Monza Exhaust

Record Monza Dual Mode Performance Exhaust

An interesting detail is in Europe, the Abarth's free flowing exhaust muffler is changed out at Abarth's central headquarters for a Record Monza system which features an exhaust bypass valve. In the US, the Record Monza will be offered as a Mopar accessory. Changes in exhaust noise pass-by standards, as well as a way to keep the price down, were contributing factors to that decision. It should be noted that the European Abarth 124 starts at €40,000, compared to $28,195 (about €26,200) for the North American version.

Transmission

124 Spider Abarth Shifter and Sport Button

To cope with the substantial 36 lb-Ft more torque the Fiat 1.4L engine puts out over the MX5's engine; Fiat purchases the previous generation's MX5 transmission from Mazda to be installed in the new Spider. This transmission has a higher torque capacity. Gear ratios have been selected to ensure sprightly performance. For those who want to sit back and let the car do all the work, an Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission is used and is specific to Fiat. Abarth models are outfitted with paddle shifters and a Torsen mechanical limited-slip differential as standard equipment.

The 6-speed manual transmission features short shift throws and has a stout feeling. The automatic also performed well and seemed to be in the right gear most of the time. I shifted it manually a good deal of time while I hammered the car pretty hard on the mountain roads and it responded relatively quickly. The Abarth version I drove with the automatic banged out very quick shifts via the paddle shifters on either side of the steering wheel.

124 Spider Chassis Side Xray


Chassis
Building upon the capable MX5 chassis, Fiat adds its unique exterior sheet metal made with a significant amount of high-strength steel, giving the 124 Spider outstanding torsional stiffness.

124 Spider Chassis Top Down Xray


To keep weight down, the hood, trunk lid and front and rear bumper reinforcements are aluminum, as is the underbody crossmember, seatback bars, and the bulkhead panel. Even the seats feature a lightweight net material on the backrest and seat cushions.

The result of this weight consciousness is the 5 inch larger, more luxurious and quieter Fiat 124 Spider weighs only 100 lbs or so more than the lightweight MX5. Twenty pounds of this is attributed to the stronger transmission used, and the rest is said to be mostly the extra weight of the more powerful MultiAir Turbo engine and its accessories.

Suspension
Continuing on with the sophisticated and refined theme, suspension settings on the Spider offer a well damped and controlled ride that is not harsh. Calling to mind the original 124 series that was also praised for its suspension tuning, Fiat engineers spent time working on dialing out some of the MX5's body roll.

124 Spider Abarth Front Suspension

The double wishbone suspension at the front and five-link setup in the rear are well done, just like the suspension in the original 124 Spider.

124 Spider Abarth Rear Suspension

Handling is very sure footed and nimble. Pushing the car on the winding mountain roads outside Carlsbad showed just how well the car handles. Steering was very precise, and the cars placement can be corrected with just a small movement of the wheel.

After driving the car quite briskly on unfamiliar roads, I only had one 'oh boy' moment where I entered a corner that ended in a blind, off camber turn at the crest of a hill. I had to consciously sit up in the seat to view where the road went while dialing in more lock than I was expecting. The car responded quickly and predictably and went exactly where I wanted. I glanced over to the Fiat executive sitting next to me who graciously didn't react. Later on the highway, I enjoyed excellent highspeed stability while talking the ear off of my friend.

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth


The Abarth version's handling is even sharper. We didn't get to drive the car on the road but were given the opportunity to drive it on a long autocross track laid out in a parking lot filled with bumps and a surprising amount of dirt. The verdict after numerous turns taken driving the various Abarth models provided is this will be one hot autocross car. Throttle steer is effortless in this car, and it is easy to get the rear to rotate around the cones. Even with the Traction Control System (TCS) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) switched off, I felt the car was super forgiving. I began to wonder what it would take to get the car out of shape. It is a true gift to enthusiasts.



Below is a chart comparing the springs on base and Abarth Spiders. You can see the Abarth spring tuning has been incrementally tweaked to give even crisper response without trashing the ride. The standard Bilstein shocks of the Abarth have been valved to give tight damping without being harsh.

Car Front Spring
Rate
Rear Spring
 Rate
Front Roll Bar
 Diameter
 Rear Roll Bar
Diameter           
Fiat 124 Spider
Classica and Lusso
 1.00  .59  23.6 mm  14.0 mm
Fiat 124 Spider
Abarth
 1.01  .67  23.6 mm  13.0 mm

Spring Rate values in the table are a proportion based on the standard Spider's front Spring Rate.

Final Thoughts
After hours of driving the car, I was not tired or worn out, despite the demanding mountain roads and the top being down most of the day. In this way I was reminded of the 124 Spider that I've known from the past - refined, easy to drive and pure fun. The new car takes that experience into the 21st century. If you are a fan of the original but yearn for a more modern and comfortable experience, you should treat yourself to a drive in the new Spider.






Ferrari 275 Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
Images: Courtesy of FCA US LLC and Author

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Fiat 500 Celebrates Birthday in Capri



July 4th is not only Independence Day but is also the day the Fiat 500 celebrates its birthday. This year denotes the 59th anniversary of the debut of the Fiat 500 in 1957. Fiat traditionally holds a celebration to mark the occasion and this year the island of Capri was chosen in part to highlight the new, limited production 500 Riva model.

Fiat 500 Riva in Capri


Fiat teamed up Riva, the famous Italian maker of luxury yachts, and created the special edition 500 Riva. The beautiful island off the coast of Italy was the perfect venue to show off the elegant 500 Riva. The special edition 500 Riva fits right in.

Fiat 500 Riva Dashboard


Fiat 500 Birthday Cake


Here are some more birthday celebrations Fiat has held over the years:





Source. video and images: FCA NV

Friday, July 1, 2016

Fiat 124 Spider on the Way

Fiat 124 Spider Unloading

Fiat 124 Spiders are well on their way to dealers! Fiat sent out images of the cars being unloaded at the Ports of Baltimore and San Diego earlier last month. The Fiat 124 Spider brings Italian good looks to the affordable roadster segment.

Fiat 124 Spider at Port

These initial orders will be Spider Classica and Lusso models. The Fiat 124 Spider Abarth will be arriving later, towards the end of summer.

Dealers are getting notified of what cars are coming to them and some already have cars.

Contact your local Fiat Studio for more info or check out these top Studios:

Palmen FIAT of Kenosha, Wisconsin - 1-888-379-0295
FIAT of Larchmont, New York - 1-888-405-2249
Benson FIAT, South Carolina - 1-888-380-1716


Images: FCA US LLC

Fiat Brand Sales for June 2016

Fiat 500c Cabrio

June sales of the Fiat 500X crossover were up 257 percent compared with the same month a year ago, helping offset slowing sales of 500 hatchback/Cabrio and 500L models. Overall Fiat brand sales for June totaled 2,544, down 19% compared to the 3,137 cars sold during June of last year. Fiat sales this year have been averaging 18% below last year's sales.

Fiat 124 Spider Lusso


Fiat has begun making deliveries of the new 124 Spider last month. Since its announcement at the 2015 LA Auto Show in November, more than 29,000 hand raisers have signed up for information on the Spider on the Fiat USA website. The 124 Spider will begin hitting dealership's lots in earnest over the next few weeks.


Fiat 500



June Fiat News Recap

The Fiat 500 was ranked number one in Total Quality in the prestigious Strategic Vision's Total Quality Awards program. This is the third time the Fiat 500 has earned the top award in its class. Fiat also tied with Kia for the title of industry’s best brand for total quality under $26,000.


Abarth 124 Spider


Fiat500USA.com broke the news that the engine output ratings for the new 124 Spider have been revised. Preliminary engine specs incorrectly showed the 124 Spider and 124 Abarth producing its peak torque at the wrong rpm., possibly giving the false impression that there isn't a difference between the two models. We have the revised figures here:


The Fiat 124 Spider forum is abuzz with excitement as the new Spider made news all month:


Alfa Romeo Giulia


The Alfa Romeo Giulia earned a 5-star crash rating in Europe and recorded the highest passenger safety score ever in the comparable test period.

Fiat Brand Sales in the United States, January - May 2016
Fiat 500Current MonthLast YearVol ChangeCurrent YTD TotalLast Year YTD TotalVol Change
June 2016
500
500L
500X
Spider

    1,113
     274
    1,156
    1
    2,544

  2,283
   530
    324
    0
  3,137

   -51%
   -48%
   257%
    New
   -19%

    7,932
    2,338
    7,464
    1
    17,735

        15,390
           6,076
            332
          0
        21,798

    -48%
    -62%
    2148%
    New
    -19%
May 2016
500
500L
500X

    1,553
     334
    1,250
    3,137

  2,614
   1,245
     8
  3,867

   -41%
   -73%
   15525%
   -19%

    6,819
    2,064
    6,308
    15,911

        13,107
           5,546
            8
        18,661

    -48%
    -63%
    78750%
    -19%
April 2016
500
500L
500X

    1,488
     463
    1,094
    3,045

  2,498
   1,258
     0
  3,756

   -40%
   -63%
    New
   -19%

    5,266
    1,730
    5,058
    12,054

        10,493
           4,301
            0
        14,794

    -50%
    -60%
    New
    -19%
March 2016
500
500L
500X

    1,490
     533
    1,399
    3,422

  3,276
   1,218
     0
  4,494

   -55%
   -56%
    New
   -24%

    3,778
    1,267
    3,964
    9,009

        7,995
           3,043
            0
        11,038

    -53%
    -58%
    New
    -18%
February 2016
500
500L
500X

    1,081
     365
    1,547
    2,993

  2,333
   956
     0
  3,289

   -54%
   -62%
    New
   -9%

    2,288
     734
    2,565
    5,587

        4,719
           1,825
            0
         6,544

    -52%
    -60%
    New
    -15%
January 2016
500
500L
500X

    1,207
     369
    1,018
    2,594

  2,386
   869
     0
  3,255

   -49%
   -58%
    New
   -20%

    1,207
     369
    1,018
    2,594

        2,386
           869
            0
         3,255

    -49%
    -58%
    New
    -20%




Figures and sources: FCA US LLC,
Images: FCA US LLC and author

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

2017 Fiat 124 Spider and Abarth Specs

Fiat 124 Spider Cross Section

2017 Fiat 124 Spider and 124 Spider Abarth Complete Specifications

specifications are based on the latest information at the time publication


FIAT 124 SPIDER GENERAL INFORMATION
Body Style: Roadster
Assembly Plant: Hiroshima, Japan
EPA Vehicle Class: Two-seater
Introduction Date: Summer 2016 as a 2017 model

FIAT 124 SPIDER BODY AND CHASSIS
Layout: Monocoque unibody; front and rear suspension subframes
Construction: High-tensile strength steel body to improve rigidity; double-wishbone
suspension at the front and multi-link at the rear; sport suspension

BODY AND CHASSIS
Layout Monocoque unibody; front and rear suspension subframes
Construction High-tensile strength steel body to improve rigidity; double-wishbone
suspension at the front and multi-link at the rear; sport suspension


Fiat 124 Spider Engine Compartment


ENGINE: 1.4-LITER TURBOCHARGED MULTIAIR I-4
Availability: Standard
Type and Description: In-line four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, turbocharged
Displacement: 83.48 cu. in. (1,368 cc)
Bore x Stroke: 2.83 x 3.31 (72.0 x 84.0)
Valve System:
Belt-driven, MultiAir, SOHC, 16 valves,
hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers
Fuel Injection:
Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction:
Cast-iron block with aluminum-alloy head and aluminum-alloy bedplate
Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
Maximum Turbo Boost: (psi / bar) 22 psi / 2.49 bar
Power(SAE):
160 hp (119 kW) @ 5,500 rpm (Classica and Lusso)
164 hp (123 kW) @ 5,500 rpm (Abarth)
Torque (SAE):
184 lb.-ft. (250 N•m) @ 3,200 rpm (Classica, Lusso, Abarth in normal mode)
184 lb.-ft. (250 N•m) @ 2,500 rpm (Abarth in Sport mode)
Max. Engine Speed: 6,250 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement:
87 octane (R+M)/2 acceptable
91 octane recommended
Oil Capacity: 4.0 qt. (3.8 liter) with dry filter
Coolant Capacity
7.6 qt. (7.2 liter) six-speed manual
7.5 qt. (7.1 liter) six-speed automatic
Emission Controls:
Three-way catalytic converter, heated oxygen sensors and internal
engine features
Fuel Economy (city/highway/combined):
26/35/30 six-speed manual transmission
25/36/29 six-speed automatic transmission
Towing: Not recommended
Engine Assembly Plant: Termoli, Italy


B400 AISIN SIX-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Availability: Classica, Lusso, Abarth
Description:
Planetary gear train, longitudinal layout
Paddle-shifted driver-interactive manual control (Abarth)
Gear Ratios
1st: 3.53
2nd: 2.06
3rd 1.40
4th: 1.00
5th: 0.71
6th: 0.58
Reverse: 3.16
Axle Ratios: 3.583
Mechanical limited-slip differential Standard on Abarth

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Sport Button


C635 SIX-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION
Availability: Classica, Lusso, Abarth
Description: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th gear: Triple cone
Gear Ratios
1st: 4.363
2nd: 2.348
3rd: 1.647
4th: 1.262
5th: 1.000
6th: 0.844
Reverse: 3.863
Final-drive Ratio: 3.454
Mechanical limited slip differential Standard on Abarth

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Alternator: Denso SC2 150 A with LIN regulator
Battery: Q85

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Rear Suspension


SUSPENSION
Front:
Double-wishbone
Front stabilizer bar size:
23.6 mm
Tower strut bar (Abarth)
Rear:
Multi-link
Rear stabilizer bar size:
Classica and Lusso: 14.0 mm
Abarth Spider: 13.0 mm

STEERING
Type:
Double pinion electric power assist system (DP-EPAS) –
rack-and-pinion
Overall Ratio: 15.5
Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb): 30.8 ft. (9.4 m)
Steering Turns (lock-to-lock): 2.7

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Brembo Brakes


BRAKES
Availability Standard: Classica, Lusso, Abarth
Front:
Ventilated front disc
Size and Type: 11-in. floating
Swept Area (per caliper): 10.5 sq. in. (67.8 sq. cm)
Rear:
Solid rear disc
Size and Type: 11-in. floating
Swept Area (per caliper): 9.8 sq. in. (63.0 sq. cm)

Availability Optional: Abarth
Front:
Brembo ventilated front disc
Size and Type: 11-in. opposed
Swept Area (per caliper): 18.6 sq. in. (120 sq. cm)
Rear:
Solid rear disc
Size and Type: 11-in. floating
Swept Area (per caliper): 9.8 sq. in. (63.0 sq. cm)
Power-assist Type: Vacuum booster
Four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS): Standard
Electronic stability control (ESC): Standard
Parking Brake Type: Mechanical (lever type)

Fiat 124 Spider Lusso


DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES
Wheelbase: 90.9 (2,309)
Track, Front: 58.9 (1,496)
Track, Rear: 59.1 (1,503)
Overall Length: 159.6 (4,054)
Overall Width: 68.5 (1,740)
Overall Height: 48.5 (1,232)
Approach angle, degrees: 13.1
Curb Weight, pounds (kg):
2,436 (1,105) six-speed manual (Classica, Lusso)
2,477 (1,124) six-speed manual (Abarth)
2,476 (1,123) six-speed automatic (Classica, Lusso)
2,516 (1,141) six-speed automatic (Abarth)
Fuel-tank Capacity: 11.9 gal. (45 liters)

Fiat 124 Spider Lusso Interior


ACCOMMODATIONS
Seating Capacity: — Front 2
Head Room: 37.4 (950)
Legroom: 43.1 (1,096)
Shoulder Room: 52.1 (1,325)
Hip Room: 52.0 (1,320)
Seat Travel: 8.3 (210) driver / 6.7 (170) passenger
Recliner Range (degrees): From 25 nominal, 12 forward and 22 rearward
Cargo space, cu ft: 4.94 (140 liter)


TIRES
Availability Standard: Classica
Size and Type: 195/50R16 three-season
Mfr. and Model: Yokohama Advan Sport V105
Revs per Mile (km): 879 (1,414.6)

Availability Standard: Lusso and Abarth
Size and Type: 205/45R17 three-season
Mfr. and Model: Bridgestone Potenza S001 (Lusso)
Bridgestone Potenza RE-050A (Abarth)
Revs per Mile (km): 856 (1,377.6)