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Offline PORTHOS

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Fiat 124 test drive
« on: September 09, 2016, 01:42:16 pm »
 ;D

What a cracking car!

Test drove a Manual Fiat 124 the other day, initial impressions are VERY good. It drives a lot different to the MX-5 it's based on however.

The gear box is VERY notchy when compared to the almost soft 595 box, but the throws are suitably short for the 124's sporty character. 240Nm of toque is felt immediately after hitting 2.5k so there is a hefty amount of lag before the turbo spools up. The Fiat 124 Spider is happiest when the rpm is between 2.5 - 5k, anything south or north of that it becomes slightly lethargic, it actually reminded me of the power delivery in the non garrett 595's.

It felt FAST though, once you get it going it feels properly quick and I think 0-62 would easily reached in the quoted 7.5 seconds. I could bet it would more match the 0-60 time of a 180 Competizione if I'm honest, the rear wheel drive would be the deciding factor in that. The 140hp is perfectly suited to the Fiat 124, it really feels like a cruising car but with enough mid range punch to have a pretty good time, it does after all almost have exactly the same Torque levels as a 180 Competizione!

All the time I was driving it I was thinking the Abarth 124 must be similar to the Fiat, it is after all the same car really with minutely more torque but just a few added performance bits and a more linear torque curve. So basically I can bet the Abarth 124 has a lot more GO above 5k rpm.

Brakes were nice, firm and responsive, progressive as well I found so you can safely modulate how much braking force you want to apply. Not that you can really TEST them on a country road test drive, but the car really is better suited to cruising around and that's the one thing I really found myself doing. Taking a nice slow drive across Dartmoor enjoying the views knowing there is enough power under foot that hills would not be a problem, that is providing you keep the engine above 2.5k because if you don't it will catch you out! The gears are short so you do find yourself changing gear more often, which does however make the car more engaging to drive.

The suspension was nice, much softer than the MX-5 which for this type of car is a GOOD thing, it was very compliant on the road. The Mazda in comparison had overly hard suspension but then the MX-5 I drove was the SPORT.

Interior was nice, mx-5 level of nice, although I prefer the colour of the car on the inside of the doors the Mazda has as opposed to the plastic trim on the 124. Analog speedo dials were nice to see again after a few years of LCD displays, thats just personal choice, but the old style dials are just much easier to read and at least LOOK more accurate and you know exactly where the redline is. Getting in and out was fine, I'm quite short anyway so it's never a problem! The seats were very comfortable and very supportive. Interior design was obviously the same as the MX-5 minus a few small tweaks here and there and different badges. Overall, I didn't feel cramped and there was PLENTY of head room.

The only negatives I can think of was for me the steering wheel was positioned TOO HIGH even though it was as low as it could go, perhaps the seats were slightly lower than the MX-5's?
*edit - I managed to find the steering height adjuster, it was just me, lol.  :-[

Overall, stunning little car and somehow completely different to the MX-5 it's based on, they really have changed the character of it.

Just makes me want an MX-5 though with the torquey Fiat engine..... lol.
I can't wait to drive an Abarth 124 :)

One thing that's always bothered me with cars, some cars look better in person and just aren't photogenic, the 124 is one of these cars, it looks sort of awkward in photos sometimes, but I can assure you it's a great looking car in person.

 :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: 4/5 from me.










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    Offline sandys

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    Re: Fiat 124 test drive
    « Reply #1 on: September 09, 2016, 02:35:49 pm »
    If the seats are lower than in a 5 that is a good thing, not much room between my head and the roof in the 5, no good with a helmet.

    Offline Salvos_White_Abarth

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    Re: Fiat 124 test drive
    « Reply #2 on: September 09, 2016, 07:05:55 pm »
    Porthos...im going for a test drive this sunday cant wait.Il then request a test drivefor the abarth.

    Would you be changing though?that is the question
    Now with added monza fun :P

    Offline PORTHOS

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    Re: Fiat 124 test drive
    « Reply #3 on: September 10, 2016, 04:19:03 pm »
    Porthos...im going for a test drive this sunday cant wait.Il then request a test drivefor the abarth.

    Would you be changing though?that is the question

    It's a great little car I will be buying a RWD 2 seater next........ if that's any indication of which one, lol.....

    Enjoy the test drive, it's pretty special for a base spec version!

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    Re: Fiat 124 test drive
    « Reply #4 on: September 10, 2016, 07:54:53 pm »
    Looking forward to it.

    are you going to test drive the abarth 124?im putting my name down for a request for a test inthe 124.not that im buying any of them but cant say no to a test drive :P
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    Re: Fiat 124 test drive
    « Reply #5 on: September 10, 2016, 08:47:58 pm »
    Been out in the Fiat Lusso Plus today unfortunately in the rain. :thumbd:

    My nearest dealer, SGM, would only allow a test drive with a salesman so my wife could not take part. :thumbd:

    They also only allowed a drive of about 10 minutes in a 30mph residential area, so not so good. :thumbd:

    It did seem more powerful than the Abarth auto I drove at Goodwood, so I'm still perplexed. ???

    Offline PORTHOS

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    Re: Fiat 124 test drive
    « Reply #6 on: September 11, 2016, 10:17:20 am »
    Ha ha, will be driving Abarth 124 :) Will let you know how that goes.

    The fiat 124 is only 10Nm short of the Abarth's power, couple the Abarth with an auto box and it just wont feel as engaging to drive as the fiat, it just needs to be a manual to get the most from it.

    I'll see how my drive goes when I book it up and report back.

    Offline Salvos_White_Abarth

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    Re: Fiat 124 test drive
    « Reply #7 on: September 11, 2016, 07:05:04 pm »
    Test drive the 124...
    Verdict

    Dealer: willenhall

    Sales man was new been there 8 weeks...

    Didn't have a clue:

    Not pushy but...

    Thought my abarth was a 1.2 and was surprised when I said 1.4.

    Didn't know the test route

    Test route felt like 5 minutes long literally round a roundabout upto 50 and back...

    Car had low fuel but common if your getting customers in make sure they have the car furled and a decent test
    route and somebody that knows the car abit..

    He asked if mines a particular model abarth saying it looks different to others...

    Asked me to point out any scuffs for valuation

    Didn't know the 124 as it was his first time in it.

    At the end he opened the door for me to leave but I still wanted to look at the car..

    He said mines worth between 5-7 k ...

    Man I spoke to after who valued my car more friendly and knowledgable and corrected the value of my car as he its depending when I order the bottom price is 5750 upto 6750 as they look at for four months ahead
    now the car

    Good looking car
    Lovely leather seats
    Refined smooth power delivery
    Nice interior
    With windows down there was no or little wind noise
    The stunning bonnet from drivers view is great, im not used to that but i really liked it.
    Handbrake is annoying to look at and sticks out too high...
    Gearbox short throw but I didn't like it maby it's still too tight as its too new?
    Overall tidy car so well done fiat but........it didn't give me the grin factor the abarth did.....maby it was the sh*te test run I don't know.
    Now with added monza fun :P

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    Re: Fiat 124 test drive
    « Reply #8 on: September 12, 2016, 10:51:08 am »
    ^^^ Amazing....   ;D

    Dealer clearly had not a clue what was going on, ha ha.

    Agree with the handbrake, should have mentioned that, I kept thinking it was on! Gear box it VERY notchy, that is indeed character of a new box, it will ease after a few thousand miles.

    It didn't make you grin because it was a fiat, and the test run was limited by the sound of it!  ;D

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    Re: Fiat 124 test drive
    « Reply #9 on: September 12, 2016, 11:25:20 am »
    Snap then :whistle:

    Offline JKDesign80

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    Re: Fiat 124 test drive
    « Reply #10 on: September 12, 2016, 11:30:08 am »
    Been out in the Fiat Lusso Plus today unfortunately in the rain. :thumbd:

    My nearest dealer, SGM, would only allow a test drive with a salesman so my wife could not take part. :thumbd:

    They also only allowed a drive of about 10 minutes in a 30mph residential area, so not so good. :thumbd:

    It did seem more powerful than the Abarth auto I drove at Goodwood, so I'm still perplexed. ???

    Always found them to be a odd dealership!

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    Re: Fiat 124 test drive
    « Reply #11 on: September 12, 2016, 11:41:34 am »
     :banghead:

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    Re: Fiat 124 test drive
    « Reply #12 on: September 12, 2016, 12:28:36 pm »
    I really need to get myself along for a test drive, preferably the Abarth version mind ;)
    ---Abarth 595 Competizone Owner---

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    Re: Fiat 124 test drive
    « Reply #13 on: September 12, 2016, 02:12:43 pm »
    my dealer was stone acre wolverhampton.

    lovely car though i think fiat have done well.
    Now with added monza fun :P

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    Re: Fiat 124 test drive
    « Reply #14 on: September 12, 2016, 03:10:45 pm »
    Test drove the abarth 124 today
    Exceeded all of my expectations by far

    Just need to decide on a colour  8)