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“Inspirational” 2016 Mazda MX-5 Providing Skeleton for New Fiat 124 Spider

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Global Cup Race Car Inspiration for Fiat 124 Spider

Pictured: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Global Cup race car

Since its inception, the MX-5 Miata has been an inspiration in many ways–to Mazda, to other designers in the industry, and to those who’ve driven it. The latest generation of the MX-5 continues to be an inspiration by acting as the basis for the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles confirmed to Edmunds at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show that it will be resurrecting the 124 Spider, which has been in retirement since the 1980s.

Mazda MX-5 Helps Bring Fiat 124 Spider Back from the Dead

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Convertible, which is expected to appear later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show or LA Auto Show, will be sharing the platform and many similarities as the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, which debuted last year:

  • It will have the same rear-wheel drive platform as the 2016 MX-5
  • It will be built in the same Hiroshima production plant as the Miata
  • It will have similar pricing as Mazda’s roadster, around the mid-$20,000s.

Doesn’t it just sound like a copy of the MX-5? Executives assert that’s not the case. “It will not be a rebadged Miata. We will have our own style, our own stamp on it,” assured Jason Stoicevich of the Fiat Brand for North America. “The 124 Spider is a very recognizable car name…There is a ton of heritage behind that.”

What will set it apart is probably the engine. While the MX-5 is sticking to its 2.0-liter, the 124 Spider is expected to get a 1.4-liter four-cylinder box.

Even if you’re not a fan of the new Mazda MX-5, you can still appreciate it for reviving the 124 Spider–there are certainly worse models Fiat could be basing its baby off!

News Source: Edmunds