Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced pricing on the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, touting it as America’utes least expensive turbocharged convertible.
With an MSRP of $24,995 (plus $995 destination), the Spider tops the base price of it’s platform mate -?the Mazda MX-5 Miata – by $255. Luxury (“Luzzo”) models will go for $28,490, while the performance-oriented Abarth design starts at $29,190.
For struggling Fiat dealerships, the Spider’s arrival can often mean the difference between survival or absorption in to the Jeep retailer nearby. That’s assuming roadster buyers opt for the Spider’s distinctively Italian lines over the perpetually popular Miata.
All variations of the Spider come with FCA’s?turbocharged MultiAir 1.4-liter four-cylinder, mated to some six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automated. The little mill makes 160 horsepower and 184 pounds-feet of torque within non-Abarth trim, compared to the normally aspirated (2.0-liter) Miata’s 155 hp and 148 lb-ft.
When the Spider’s specifications surfaced last month, those looking forward to that the Abarth model would gain 10 hewlett packard over stock designs had their hopes?squashed like a …well, you know.?Now FCA states there will be a five horsepower bump, protecting some horsepower boasting rights for the Abarth crowd.
The Spider Abarth gets a full complement of performance-tuned updates, and a “look over here, dammit” paint job to go with this.
All Spiders trims are rated at 26 mpg in the city as well as 35 mpg on the highway for manual transmission models, and 25/36 for automatics.
The Index crawls into Fiat dealerships (perhaps to rapturous applause from its workers) this summer.