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Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C
# along came a spider
Fiat's 124 Spider roadster takes its inspiration from the 1960s
Fiat brings Italian style open top driving to the Irish roads.

THE NEW FIAT 124 Spider shares its name and some of its styling inspiration with the original sixties model and has been developed jointly alongside the Mazda MX-5.

A nod to the 1966 original can be seen in the nose of the new roadster with the positioning of the LED headlamps and the hexagonal upper grille. The bonnet takes inspiration cues from the 1969 second-gen 124 Spider with the twin power domes. The rear end is dominated by the swallow-tail rear wings, sharp horizontal tail lamps with a distinctive ring shape, an integrated rear spoiler for enhanced aerodynamic performance and sporty twin exhausts.

That multi-layer canvas roof is manually operated and can be opened and closed without the driver having to leave their seat.

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The new Fiat 124 Spider is powered by a 1.4-litre MultiAir turbocharged four-cylinder unit making 140hp and 240Nm of torque. Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and compact rear differential. The car can do the 0-100km/h dash in 7.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 215km/h.

The Fiat 124 Spider is offered in three trim levels; Classica, Lusso and Lusso Plus. The equipment level on the entry level Classica model is pretty generous – it boasts four airbags, air conditioning, a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control with speed limiter, 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless engine start and a powerful seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with WiFi.

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Opt for Lusso trim and you also get sat-nav with 3D maps, a rear parking camera and sensors, 17-inch alloys, heated leather seat, automatic climate control, front fog lamps, keyless entry, chrome exhaust tips and a premium silver finish on the windscreen frame and rollover bars.

The top spec Lusso Plus adds adaptive LED headlamps, LED DRLs, automatic lights and wipers and a nine-speaker BOSE sound system (including stereo headrest speakers on both seats).

Prices for the Fiat 124 Spider start at €31,495 for the Classica version, €34,295 for the Lusso model and the top Lusso Plus trim is €1,500 more at €35,795.

Alberto Novelli Alberto Novelli

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