This Is What Fiat’s New 124 Spider Sounds Like When It Starts [Updated]

When it comes to an Italian-badged sports car, you might expect some rumble coming from under its hood, especially if the engine is signed by Abarth. However, this couldn’t be more different with the new Fiat 124 Spider, because things tend to be “quiet”.

A recent video posted by Jalopnik shows a white-finished example of the new roadster in the parking garage at the LA Auto Show, with the driver pushing the throttle and revealing the noise made by the turbo’d four. The uploader says that it sounds like a 500 Abarth, “only a bit muffed”, but we’re not so sure about that.

Keep in mind that the 124 Spider uses the same engine as the 500 Abarth, meaning a 1.4-liter turbo with 160 PS (158 HP) and 241 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque on the North American model, while on the European version, it was de-tuned to produce 140 PS (138 HP) and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) of torque.

Transmissions options in North America include a six-speed manual and an automatic. The Mazda MX-5-based model will go on sale next summer.


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