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Spied: Fiat 124 Spider Can't Hide its Miata Curves Through the Camo

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/25/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Our photographers caught a Fiat 124 Spider prototype out testing in the Detroit area, and despite all the camouflage, there's no hiding for this hot convertible. If you're thinking it looks a lot like a Mazda Miata, you'd be on the right track.

Spied: Fiat 124 Spider Can't Hide its Miata Curves Through the Camo

The Mazda MX-5 Miata Twin as Fiat 214 Spider" target="_blank">upcoming Fiat convertible sits on the same platform as the all-new 2016 Miata and will even share the same factory. It's pretty clear that the prototype sports the same basic shape as its Mazda counterpart, including the familiar bulbous rear end, dramatic roofline, and long hood. But there's something very distinct about the car's grille and headlights. Meanwhile, bold character lines flank the side of the body. Keen eyes will also notice the spiderweb camo design above the license place, another clue that this is indeed the Fiat Spider.

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Fiat 124 Spider Prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Fiat 124 Spider Prototype Despite the Miata influence, the Fiat 124 Spider will feature a unique 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder seen throughout the Fiat 500 family and in the Dodge Dart. The standard transmission will likely be a six-speed manual, possibly offered alongside either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed dual-clutch.

This Mazda look-a-like has been on Fiat's agenda for quite some time, starting a few years back when the two companies formed a partnership to jointly develop a rear-drive roadster. Plans for the new model were originally announced in 2012, and at the time, it was destined for Fiat's Alfa Romeo label. Now that the car is headed for Fiat, the brand will gain the fresh new sheetmetal it needs. That's not to mention that Fiat can capitalize on a familiar nameplate -- the original Fiat 124 Spider was a popular roadster in the late 1960s before it was discontinued in the 1980s. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

For now, it's hard to know what the Fiat 124 Spider will look like when it hits production. According to reports, Fiat says it will feature a unique design from the Mazda, and perhaps that means we may see some Italian styling cues from the original 124 Spider making its way to the new model. Expect the 124 Spider to debut later this year, possibly at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The model will likely go on sale by summer 2016.

Photo Source: Brian Williams

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