Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
8/12/16 1:38 p.m.

It's here. Fiat's turbocharged cousin of Mazda's MX-5 has been long anticipated. We got to drive this 124 Spider Lusso around for a week and see how it stacks up to our 2016 Mazda MX-5. One note, though: Our test car was an automatic, not a manual that we would probably choose.

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Jerry UltraDork
8/12/16 1:57 p.m.

I test drove an automatic myself this week, Fiat sent me a card offering $50 Amazon gift card to test out any '16 or '17 Fiat product. Of course I chose the 124 (because Alfa Romeo's weren't part of the offer).

After my Abarth for 2.5 years, this automatic left me...bored. It also had the extra luxury options, which also left me bored. They only had two automatics to choose from, so for $50 it was still a fun 20 minutes out of my life, and profitable. (Bring on the Abarth version and manual, I probably won't be so bored.)

92dxman SuperDork
8/15/16 1:00 p.m.

Is the $50 Amazon Gift Card test drive offer only for current Fiat Owners?

WildScotsRacing HalfDork
8/15/16 3:19 p.m.

The silver really works well with the body shapes. Best looking color for it that I've seen.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/15/16 3:45 p.m.
92dxman wrote: Is the $50 Amazon Gift Card test drive offer only for current Fiat Owners?

Nope. I got the offer in the mail after signing up for the Fiat updates online.

And BTW GRM, it's a 2017

Jerry UltraDork
8/16/16 6:29 a.m.

In reply to 92dxman:

I thought it was, but looks like Tanner proved me wrong.

9/23/16 8:46 p.m.

The 2016 ND and the 2017 124 interiors are slightly different. The 124 has a handle on the door while the ND doesn't have the handle. I learned about the handle at the 2016 Summer Camp when I rode in both around the track. It was nice to have something to hang onto in the 124!

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