If you thought Fiat were all about cute city cars like the Fiat 500, think again. The new Fiat 124 Spider is a sexy little convertible that takes its inspiration from the original 124 Spider sports car launched back in 1966.
It’s hard not to fall a little in love with the new Fiat 124 Spider. The classic long bonnet of a roadster gives the 124 Spider a slinky profile and around the rear it’s all curves and neat elegance. There are a range of body colours, with names that will have you dreaming of holidays in Tuscany quicker than you can say ‘Ciao Bella’ – Italia Blue, Passione Red and Argento Grey are just some of the eight colours available.
Inside, you are positioned low in the car and there is no other feeling that compares to being behind the wheel of a convertible. It’s enough to have you reaching for that silk scarf to place around your head Grace Kelly style, and of course sunglasses are obligatory. The cabin is completely driver focused and wraps around you with plenty of soft-touch materials, gloss black finishes and brushed chrome to combine for a stylish look. The range starts at £20,995 and Bluetooth, air con, cruise control, and 16” alloys come as standard. It’s worth upgrading to the ‘Lusso’ model (from £23,745) for heated leather seats and an infotainment system with navigation and a slick-looking 7” screen in the centre of the dash.
Pressing the ignition switch is a joy to behold – the Fiat’s 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine comes to life with a mighty growl. The fabric roof is easy to release and folds down neatly behind the seats. I was lucky to test the new 124 Spider in some glorious spring sunshine. With the roof down, the 124 Spider is surprisingly comfortable, and there is nothing like speeding through the countryside with just the sky above you! The 124 Spider has classic rear wheel drive handling so it floats around corners with real grace and elegance. The 140hp turbo petrol engine is a beautiful soundtrack to your adventures with plenty of power and will sprint to 62mph from a standstill in 7.5 seconds.
There are few things in life that hold as much promise as a two-door, low slung, Italian sports car, and with the return of Fiat’s 124 Spider, there’s a bit of Italian passion back in open-top motoring.
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