2017 Fiat 124 Spider & 124 Abarth Sneak Peek Review: Does Fiat + Miata = Fiata?

Is it fair to call the redesigned 2017 Fiat 124 Spider a “Fiata?”

TFLcar’s Roman Mica set out to answer that question and more after getting a sneak peek of the new Spider on Monday.

The new Spider was born from a partnership between Fiat and Mazda after the two companies got together and decided to awaken the classic sports car. The 124 is based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata and shares the same platform and a similar interior.


Roman took the new Spider out for a spin to get a first-hand account. Any reviews of the new Spider have been embargoed by Fiat for now, but TFLcar.com will have the full review shortly.

The new new Spider has the 1.4 liter turbo from the Fiat 500 Abarth that makes 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The car has potential for modifications for those looking for more power.

The Spider is reasonably priced at around $25,000 for the base model Classica, around $27,000 for a mid-level Lusso and around $29,000 and up for the higher end Abarth. The model Roman tested is a $35,000 special blue launch edition. It’s pricey, but only a limited number will be made.

Find out whether it’s fair to call the new Spider a “Fiata” and which one Roman likes by viewing the full video above.