When you look at new Italian creation – Fiat 124 Spider – for the first time, you may have a strong feeling that this is Mazda MX-5 Miata, but you will be wrong. Despite the fact that these cars are very similar, they have some key differences. And we will tell you about them.
Firstly, let’s look at technical specifications of these roadsters. Fiat 124 employs a 1.4-liter turbo engine which making 160 hp, while Mazda MX-5 Miata has 2.0-liter inline-four engine with 155 hp. Both cars have six-speed automatic and manual transmissions, but there are the differences as well. As for the automatic transmission, the final-drive ratio of Fiat’s is 3.58, while Mazda’s one is 3.45. But when we take the manual transmissions, Mazda’s individual ratios will be geared higher.
The next point to compare is the cars’ dimensions. The main difference between Fiat 124 and Miata lies in their length and weight. The length of the first roadster is 159.6 inches, while the second car is 5.5 inches shorter (154.1). As for the weight of Fiat 124 and Mazda MX-5 Miata, the figures are next: 2,476 pounds (automatic) / 2,436 pounds (manual) of the Italian vehicle and 2,381 pounds (automatic) / 2,332 pounds (manual) of the Japanese one.
And now let’s look at the interior of both cars. The creators of Fiat 124 affirm that they have make lots of changes in design and interior of this roadster, but in reality it’s quite difficult to see them. The interior door panels are tweaked, there is an additional layer of soft-touch material on the dashboard and the instrument panel is presented in different colors and fonts. And the steering wheel of 124 is a bit different. In Fiat 124, it’s a thicker-rimmed and leather-wrapped.
In conclusion, we can say that for such small car, it’s really comfortable and spacious. And regardless of the fact that Miata and Fiat 124 Spider are very similar, they have some key differences, which up to you to test.