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  • The Fiat Spider and Mazda MX-5 Miata are different takes on the same platform. One has more power, the other is lighter. But which one is.

    The Fiat Spider and Mazda MX-5 Miata share a platform, but they're hardly the same car. We compare the details of the two droptops, here.

    See how the Mazda MX-5 Miata stacks up against the Fiat Spider in this head-to-head vehicle review and features overview.

    Fiat spider miata

    Fiat spider miata

    It only takes a few seconds. But based on design alone, we'll take the Mazda every single time. The New Fiat Spider. The two cars ride on an identical,

    Fiat spider miata

    Fiat spider miata

    Fiat spider miata

    Fiat spider miata

    Fiat spider miata

    Fiat Spider vs Mazda Miata MX-5 - Alfa Romeo and Fiat of Kirkland Blog

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    And thanks for reading Autoblog. You still haven't turned off your adblocker or whitelisted our site. It only takes a few seconds. Same Platform, Different Roadsters. We all know Fiat's new roadster shares its underpinnings with the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata , but there are a lot of key differences to keep them separate in the eyes of consumers. Mazda may have engineered the platform, but Fiat added many of its own touches.

    Fiat spider miata

    Here, we'll take a closer look at the spec sheets of the two cars, and summarize the major differences between the Japanese and Italian roadsters. If you need a refresher, read our full First Drive of the MX-5 Miata , and glance at all the Fiat Spider details in this post.

    Design Fiat Chrysler design lead Ralph Gilles is super excited about this car. Yes, it's definitely exciting to add a small roadster to any lineup, especially one that uses such a proven platform. But we're not sure people are going to get all that jazzed about it from a design standpoint. You'll either love it or hate it, and we're kind of leaning toward the latter. Every single body panel is new, and the design is " percent Italian. Fiat trusts you'll be able to spot the similarities between the new Spider and the original, but we're not so sure.

    Fiat spider miata

    We can see a bit of the old car's grille on the new car's face, and the dual hood blisters are a nice throwback touch, but that's about it.

    Trust us when we say that this car looks way better in photos. In person, it really didn't wow us. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. One colleague told us his wife, a long-time Miata owner, hates the look of the new one but will absolutely adore the Fiat. Good for her, and good for Fiat. But based on design alone, we'll take the Mazda every single time. Dimensions When Broderdorf said Fiat leveraged the Miata's platform, that means the Italians took it as-is.

    The two cars ride on an identical, The front and rear tracks lengths are the same, at But that's where the similarities end. While the Mazda's wheels are pushed out to the corners, the Fiat's overhangs are greatly exaggerated by comparison.

    Fiat spider miata

    Fiat says some of this was done to increase cargo capacity and make the small roadster as functional as possible. The Miata has 4. Weight is the key difference between the two cars. In base spec, the Spider is a full pounds heavier than the Miata, though that gap shrinks to a pound difference when comparing models equipped with the automatic transmission.

    Whether or not that weight penalty hurts the Fiat, though, we'll explore in the next section. Mazda uses a naturally aspirated, 2. That means there's more power on tap in the Spider, and if our time in the scorpion-badged is anything to go on, the Spider should sound absolutely wonderful. That's especially true with the torque output — not only is the Fiat 36 lb-ft stronger than the Mazda, full thrust arrives much lower in the rev range.

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