The two roadsters keep getting compared to each other, or more specifically, the Fiat 124 Spider to the Mazda MX-5 but the Spider can teach its Japanese sibling a thing or two.
Badge-engineering isn’t a new concept in the auto industry, automakers can save a lot of money as designing and engineering a new model comes with a high cost and customers benefits from this by getting more options to choose from. Unfortunately, sometimes badge-engineering doesn’t produce the best results but, Fiat has put in a lot of effort to develop a distinct image for the 124 Spider.
Sitting on the platform of one of the most raced cars in the world, Fiat improved the suspension setup to give it a distinct drive experience. The 124 Spider’s suspension instills trust in the driver when it’s getting thrown into the bends because the whole car turns into the corner as one, it won’t get tail happy like the Miata. There may be a bit of terminal understeer but that can be fixed with mid corner braking and power.
A more composed suspension system along with the small turbocharged 160hp 1.4-litre makes the 124 Spider faster than the Miata on back roads.
Check out Motor Trend’s video for a closer look at both the 124 Spider and Miata.