2018 Fiat 124 Spider
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2018 Fiat 124 Spider at Roberts Chrysler Dodge

The 2018 Fiat 124 Spider is a sophisticated yet approachable dual-seat convertible Italian-designed roadster. This is a car meant for lithe turning and also straightaway sprints, especially in a summery picturesque locale. Most who look into this car know this, and want a little traditional style in their peppy ride, without sacrificing modern luxuries. For 2018, this vehicle gains some group options, such as the Visibility Group as well as the Navigation & Sound Group which has navigation, a 9-speaker Bose sound system, and SiriusXM satellite radio. There are also new colors to please the eye: Blu Scuro (dark blue), Puro Bianco Perla (white pearlescent), and Grigio Chiaro (metallic silver), which stands in for the previous year's color of Grigio Argento. Get ready to zip fast into your stylish future with the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider, and learn a little more along the way with us here!

Engine Performance

  • 1.4L MultiAir Turbo with 160-HP, 184 LB-FT of Torque
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Purchasable six-speed automatic

Safety Features

  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Traction Control

Vehicle Design

  • Manual soft top
  • Abarth model has a sport exhaust system
  • 3-inch to 7.0-inch screen options

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How does the powertrain measure up in 2018?

The 124 Spider gets a jump on things with its turbocharged 1.4L 4-cylinder engine and an option of a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an available 6-speed automatic. The manual transmission with this engine can achieve 35 mpg highway, and it optimizes clutch operation for responsive driving characteristics. Both the 124 Spider Classica and 124 Spider Lusso have a 160-horsepower at 5,500 RPMs and 184 lb-ft of torque. That said, a sport exhaust system coalesces overall engine output for the 124 Spider Abarth to assist in getting up to 164 horsepower (identical RPMs). The 2018 Fiat 124 Spider has, as standard, a front double-­wishbone sport suspension and a multi-­link for the back end. The rear-wheel-drive 124 Spider works with a close to 50/50 weight distribution, honed steering calibrations, and with strong brakes. Abarth trims are more athletic, with a standard Bilstein Performance Suspension with a front strut tower brace for superior handling. Stiff front/rear spring rates mitigate potential body roll, and a rear stabilizer bar assists in cornering grip strength. Shock absorbers also weigh-in and translate maximum grip into a tangible form to the driver. This car is meant for driving, not just hum-drum daily commutes!

Can you go over features and layout for the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider?

It has all kinds of features, but nothing that will distract from this vehicle's main focus: driving. There are things found standard such as adjustable seats, a 3-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth, and push-button start, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Available items would be leather upholstery, sport seats, Recaro leather-trimmed seats, navigation, a 7-inch infotainment display, satellite radio, a 9-speaker Bose sound system, heated seats, automatic climate control, and several safety features. The base trim 124 Spider Classica comes with a screen radio up on top of the center dashboard, while a 7.0-inch touchscreen appears on the all other trims. The 124 Spider has a 4.9-cubic-foot trunk. The standard infotainment system interface is straightforward to use and mixes knobs and virtual buttons together. The 2018 Fiat 124 Spider utilizes a popular manually-activated convertible soft top, which opens & closes in seconds with very little effort.This 2-seater will get you there in a 1960s-era fashion flurry while bringing the best of what today's world has to offer in technology simultaneously.

Can you outling some different feature sets as the models change?

There are three models of the 2018 Fiat Spider: the Classica, the Lusso, and the Abarth. The caveat to this is the (late-availability) all-new Red Top Edition on the Lusso trim. The Classica has the 1.4L engine, 16-inch aluminum wheels painted Silver with 195/50VR16 tri-season performance tires and a 6-Speed Manual Transmission with Short-Throw Shifter. The Lusso model incorporates 17-inch premium aluminum wheels painted Silver with 205/45VR17 tri-season performance tires, foglights, automatic headlights, dual chrome-finish exhaust tips, and access to SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The Abarth takes a no-holds-barred approach with its more horsepower and torque, a sport steering wheel wrapped in a high-grain leather, an available 6-speed automatic transmission with Paddle Shifters, sporty aluminum pedal covers, as well as 17-inch aluminum wheels painted in a Gun Metallic color.

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Final Thoughts on the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider

The steel safety frame contains helpful crumple zones made to withstand and minimize energy in a collision and get it away from passengers. There are 4 airbags put inside as standard, and also available are a Blind Spot Monitoring System and a Rear Cross Path Detection feature. In the Groups is where buyers will find the full range of safety items. For example, within the Visibility Group are adaptive LED headlamps to see around corners better, an automatic headlamp leveling feature, headlight windshield washers, and LED daytime running lamps. Within the available Technology and SiriusXM Group there is a remote proximity keyless entry, a Parkview rear back-up camera, and a 7-inch touchscreen inside. The Comfort and Convenience Group really brings in the safety points with Blind Spot Monitoring System, a Rear Cross Path Detection, the ParkSense Rear Park Assist System, glare-reducing auto-dimming side mirrors, a universal garage door opener, and a security alarm. All this and more in fast-moving speedster? Absolutely! Maybe it's time to stop on by and test drive one here at Robert's Chrysler Dodge RAM Fiat!

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