124 Spider News· Super Moderator
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Rumor has it, Fiat wants to build a 124 Coupé and AutoCar thinks it may actually be under development. Illustrator Theophilus Chin, has created a rendering of what he thinks the 124 Coupé could look like and if the rumors are indeed true, we could be looking at a higher-performance 124 Spider.
The new coupé won’t be using the same retractable hard top as the Mazda MX-5 RF, instead it could feature a solid roof similar to the one found on the Fiat 124 Rally model that was on display at the Geneva Motor Show. Developing a blueprint for the coupé shouldn’t be too big of a challenge as the 124 Rally is basically a racing ready spider, what may be a problem is the logistics of producing such a vehicle.
Both the Fiat 124 Spider and Abarth 124 Spider are produced at the same Hiroshima plant where Mazda is cranking out the MX-5 Miata and MX-5 RF. None of these models come with a fixed roof so if Fiat wants to start manufacturing the 124 Coupé there, they’ll have to retool the plant’s assembly line.
Also in question is the 124 Coupé’s powertrain. Autocar thinks some markets will be happy with the UK spec model’s 138 brake horsepower, 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Others are hoping to see the 158 or 178 bhp versions of the same engine.
Maybe Auto Car’s sources are correct, but we won’t know until its rumored debut next year.