The forthcoming Fiat 124 Spider reboot is being unofficially previewed by our colleagues at OmniAuto.it.

The forthcoming Fiat 124 Spider reboot is being unofficially previewed by our colleagues at OmniAuto.it.

Fiat is about to infuse some true passion into its lineup by bringing back the 124 Spider which is also set to spawn an "extreme" Abarth derivative. Our good friends at OmniAuto.it decided to envision the Fiat-badged version which according to company designer Roberto Giolito will look "very masculine". Despite being based on the latest Mazda MX-5, the new Fiat 124 Spider is going to receive an entirely different body and it could look a lot like this since the renders are based on the latest spy shots and also on intel obtained from Fiat insiders.

The identity of the engine lineup remains a mystery at this point, but  a 1.4-liter turbo is expected to power the Fiat version whereas the Abarth-badged model will reportedly get the 1.75-liter from the Alfa Romeo 4C, but detuned to around 200 PS (147 kW). That might not sound very impressive, but keep in mind the Fiat/Abarth 124 Spider will be a very lightweight car with a targeted curb weight of less than 1,000 kg which should be distributed evenly front/rear just like on its Japanese sibling.

An official reveal of the Fiat 124 Spider is expected before the end of this year and it's programmed to go on sale early next year. The Abarth version will be out a little bit later so most likely it will hit dealerships towards the end of 2016.

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Fiat 124 Spider revival speculatively rendered