Brad Leach | Aug 27, 2016

Talk in Europe points to Fiat’s Mazda MX-5-based 124 Spider gaining a hardtop Coupe version next year.

But reports claim the Fiat version will not use a retractable hardtop like Mazda’s upcoming MX-5 RF model - instead the Italian version will be a fixed-roof coupe.

It’s claimed this move is to provide a look distinct from the Mazda version and could follow the styling cues of the Fiat Abarth 124 Rally concept (pictures) which debuted last year at the Geneva Motor Show.

Some even suggest the Fiat 124 Coupe will follow the lead of the BMW Z3 Coupe with a bootlid incorporating the rear window leading to a dramatic fastback shape, while other reports out of Europe suggest the same bootlid as the Spider will be used to keep a lid on costs.

Engine choices are multiple – the 119kW engine used for the Fiat 124 Spider in North America seems more likely than the 104kW fitted for the cars sold in Britain but a more likeable proposition would be the 127kW Abarth version.

Fiat could even decide to fit the entire driveline (including the limited-slip differential) from the Abarth 124 Spider.

Only confirmed for Australia at this stage is the Abarth 124 Spider, due for launch in October.

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