Fiat didn’t waste any time on their new 124 Spider, as shortly after announcing the North American model, they released details on the EMEA version for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
With the exception of the (better looking) clear turning lenses on the headlights at the front and the darkened tail lamp plastic surrounds at the back, there don’t seem to be any other cosmetic differences between the North American and European specification models.
While the two cars share the same 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, the European spec model gets a milder version of the four pot delivering 140PS (138hp) and 240Nm (177 lb-ft), down from the US-spec 124 Spider’s 160PS (158hp) and 249Nm (184 lb-ft). Even though across the pond it gets both 6-speed manual and automatic gearboxes, Fiat only mentioned the stick shift for Europe.
However, this is only the beginning and Fiat will most likely end up offering more powerful iterations of the 1.4-liter unit in the Old Continent down the road.
As it did with the American model, it will also launch a limited-production Anniversary edition in Europe, but instead of the former’s blue Azzuro Italia paint with saddle brown seats, it will get Rosso Passione exterior paint with leather seats in black.
European sales of Fiat’s interpretation of the Mazda Miata will begin next summer.