Fiat to launch 124 Coupe?by Drew Johnson
Fiat is rumored to be working on a 124 Coupe.
Fiat is reportedly working on a sportier version of its 124 Spider with a fixed roof. The Fiat 124 Coupe could be revealed as early as next year.
Not to be outdone by Mazda and its retractable hardtop Miata MX-5 RF, Fiat is said to be developing a fixed roof option for its 124 Spider. Unlike the Mazda, however, the 124's roof will be a permanent fixture. That decision is likely intended to differentiate the two vehicles, which share a platform and are built in the same factory.
According to Autocar, Fiat engineers have been toying with two different roof options. The most likely to make production is a conventional roof that uses the 124 Spider's current trunk opening. The second option is a shooting brake-like design reminiscent of the BMW Z3 Coupe. However, a hatchback would require extensive and expensive alterations to the 124's rear end, which seems unlikely for a low-volume car.
The Fiat 124 Coupe will be positioned as a more sporting version of the 124 Spider, which means at a minimum it will come equipped with the 164 horsepower version of Fiat's 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. However, output could ultimately end up somewhere in the 180 horsepower range.
So far there is no official word on when we might see the Fiat 124 Coupe, but a version could be shown as soon as the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.