FCA has taken a donor car with an excellent pedigree — the MX-5 Mazda Miata — and grafted onto it a Fiat 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 engine and styling to make it look like a proper descendent of the original Pininfarina-designed Fiat 124 that debuted in November 1966 in Fiat's home in Turin, Italy. The Fiat 124 is longer, wider and half an inch shorter than the Miata, and its 160-hp turbocharged engine has five more horsepower than the Miata and produces 184 pounds-feet of torque, compared to the Miata's 148.
The Fiat is about 100 pounds heavier, depending on the trim level, than its Mazda cousin. Both convertibles are available with six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes. From a styling standpoint, the Fiat 124's distinctive nose harkens back to the late-1960s roadster, with its bulging eyes and hexagonal upper grille. From the rear, distinctive tail lamps also recall the original 124’s horizontal lighting, while raised areas above the tail lamps bring back even more of the original Pininfarina design