FIAT TWIST SPORTY MODEL
DO NOT adjust your eyes. This is what Fiat’s version of the world’s most popular two-seater sports car looks like.
The Fiat 124 has been unveiled in the US on eve 2015 Los Angeles Motor Show.
Italian company done a deal with Japan’s Mazda to take version of MX-5.
Fiat has fitted a unique body — complete bold nose and rectangular tail-lights but the interior is identical to MX-5 except for the badge on steering wheel.
The big news under bonnet. While Mazda has a choice of 1.5 or 2.0-litre power in Australia, the Fiat 124 uses turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder (119kW/250Nm) which has a fraction more than MX-5 and much torque.
Both models are made on the same production line by Mazda in Japan — the Fiat deal was done because it was cheaper for Italian maker to do a joint venture vehicle than design its own.
The 124 is not yet confirmed for Australia, however.
local distributors have expressed a preference taking only the high performance Abarth version, which is yet to be unveiled.
There are no details on what will power but there is speculation it may get the 1.7-litre turbo four-cylinder used in Alfa Romeo 4C, because Fiat trying to create further differentiation between the Abarth and models future.
Either way, a 124 of some description should be Australian showrooms by this time next year.
Price is still anyone’s guess, but it will difficult to justify price much dearer than the MX-5 that starts from $32,000.