The two-seat convertible coupe -- powered by a turbocharged inline-four -- shares a platform with Mazda's MX-5 Miata, and the cars are built in the same plant. But the 124 Spider has a Fiat engine and transmission that together produce 160 hp and 184 pounds-feet of torque, both higher than the comparable MX-5. The 124 also has different body panels that change its dimensions enough to separate it from its Japanese cousin.
Pricing for the 124 Spider, which some have dubbed the "Fiata," is competitive with MX-5 pricing. The Classica base model has a $25,990 sticker, including a $995 shipping charge. The top-end Abarth, with an additional 4 hp and a six-speed automatic, starts at $30,540, including shipping. The midrange Lusso model starts at $28,490 with shipping.
With each trim level, an optional automatic six-speed transmission adds $1,350.