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The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider brings some sporty vigor to Los Angeles

Based on the new Mazda MX-5, Fiat's 124 Spider throughly overhauls the car's exterior and adds a touch of luxury to the interior.

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The Fiat 124 Spider is the spiritual successor to the original Spider, which debuted nearly half a century ago.

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The Spider is powered by a 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

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The Spider will be available with both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions, but the manual is only available on the cheaper trim level.

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Under its skin, the 124 Spider sports double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension setups.

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The Spider's front headlights are a distinct throwback to the original model, with updated features like LED running lights.

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Fiat left no stone unturned when transforming the Mazda MX-5 into the 124 Spider. The two cars share zero body panels.

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A manual soft top is the only roof style available for this roadster.

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To keep road noise at bay, the 124 Spider utilizes special acoustic front glass.

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The 124 Spider's taillights are -- dare we say it -- a little Viper-like.

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If you opt for the Bose audio package, you'll get speakers built into the headrests so top-down driving doesn't drown out the stereo.

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If the sound coming from the Fiat 500 Abarth is any marker, the 124 Spider should sound positively glorious at full wail.

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Fiat's new Spider features a number of safety technologies, including blind-spot monitoring, adaptive front headlights and a rear backup camera.

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The 124 Spider's interior borrows a number of cues from the Mazda MX-5, but Fiat made sure to upgrade a good deal of materials, including the dashboard topper and the seats.

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The 124 Spider will be offered in six colors when it launches -- red, white, black, gray, dark gray and bronze. The higher-end Lusso trim will also come in white pearl.

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The first 124 (cute, right?) Spiders to leave the assembly line will be special-edition models with bright blue paint and light brown leather interior appointments.

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The 124 Spider borrows Mazda's 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. There's also a redundant knob that contains all the same functionality, if you don't like leaving fingerprints all over your screen.

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The special-edition 124 will also come with Fiat-branded wearables, as well as a poster.

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The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider will arrive in US showrooms next summer. Pricing and market-availability information has not yet been announced.

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