Fiat has unveiled the 2019 124 Spider which promises to provide the “ultimate Italian roadster experience.”
Starting with the entry-level model, the 2019 124 Spider Classica features a newly standard seven-inch infotainment system and an available Ceramic Gray paint job. The model can also be equipped with an assortment of new center stripe designs and a revised Technology Group package which now includes a proximity entry system and Sirius XM satellite radio.
The 124 Spider Lusso carries over, but bigger changes occur on the range-topping Abarth variant. As teased last week, the model receives a new Monza exhaust which provides an “unmistakable voice.” The car also has new Abarth badges on the front fenders.
Lastly, the 124 Spider Abarth can be equipped with a new Veleno Appearance Group. It includes red exterior accents on the front bumper, mirror caps and tow hook cover. The package also adds a bright dead pedal and an Abarth branded floor mats.
Under the hood, the turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine carries over untouched. As a result, it continues to produce 160 hp (119 kW / 162 PS) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque in the Classica and Lusso variants. The Abarth uses the same engine, but it has been tuned to produce 164 hp (123 kW / 166 PS). Regardless of which model is selected, the engine can be paired to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
Since the 2019 124 Spider continues to use the same engine as it predecessor, buyers looking for more power will have to opt for the 2019 Mazda MX-5 which features a significantly improved 2.0-liter four-cylinder that develops 181 hp (135 kW / 183 PS) and 151 lb-ft (204 Nm) of torque.