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Fiat 124 Spider to be unveiled at 2015 LA show – report

April 30, 2015

We’re all waiting for Fiat to release its version of the new Mazda MX-5 as part of the co-development project. Now we hear it’s set to make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November this year.

2016 Mazda MX-5

According to an AutoFans.be report, the Fiat 124 Spider – name confirmed last month – will borrow some interior components and major fixtures and fittings from the Mazda MX-5. But from there, the car is set to feature a completely unique body so it falls in line with the Italian company’s flair.

We still don’t know what will power the new model for sure, but sources suggest it will come with a 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo taken from existing Fiat and Alfa Romeo models. Power might be similar to the 1.5L MX-5’s 96kW output, although it will probably be matched to a dual-clutch transmission.

More excitingly though, there’s rumours of an Abarth version in the works. If you know anything about Abarth (Fiat’s performance arm), you’ll know the brand only ever puts its badge on proper heart-throbbing pieces of machinery.

Even if the company installs its heavily boosted 1.4-litre from the current Abarth Fiat 500, we could see power output jump to 132kW. With a kerb weight of less than 1000kg, you can imagine the power-to-weight ratio that would be presented. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.