It won our ‘Driven Car’ Of The Year 2018, for it’s fun driving factor with the Fiat 124 Spider proving a popular choice both in the Enzari office and our readers but it seems the little roadsters days are numbered, at least in the UK.
According to rumours first reported by Autocar, the 2 seater drop top based on the popular Mazda MX-5 has been withdrawn for sale as eagle eyed internet readers reported it has been removed from the Fiat UK website, meaning you cannot choose it as a new buy model, although interestingly the Abarth version remains available.
The report goes on to say the reason behind the 124 Spider being withdrawn is down to Europe tightening WLTP emissions regulations, as upgrading the existing 1.4 turbo petrol engine would prove too costly an exercise and not worth the investment.
It could be FCA have also decided to just sell it as the Abarth, a model that has proved popular along with the introduction of the 124 GT in 2018. The other option would be reintroduce it with a new engine later this year…
We have contacted FCA UK for more information but so far they have declined to comment.