The other big Fiat launch this week was the return of the 124 Spider. November might not be the obvious choice of month to launch a convertible but that didn’t stop us taking it for a spin with the top down. Granted it was with a hat and scarf on. And after the drive – a very wide grin.

After the huge success Mazda enjoyed last year with the MX-5, Fiat decided now was as good a time as ever to relaunch their own iconic little roadster.

While they might share a platform, the take on design has been very different and the Spider’s sculpted lines are in stark contrast to the soft curves of the MX-5. It’s definitely a meaner looking machine.

Under the bonnet

It feels a bit meaner on the road too. The 1.4l 140hp MultiAir turbo under the hood makes it go a little faster than the 1.5l Mazda and it’s also much torque-ier affair offering 240Nm to the MX-5’s 150.

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Unfortunately it will cost a bit more too. Entry price for the 124 Spider is €31,495. That’s for the ‘Classica’ trim which includes 16 inch alloys, cruise control, seven inch radio with Bluetooth and a leather steering wheel. Upgrade to Lusso for 17 inch wheels, SatNav, reversing camera and heated leather seats (€34,295) Or Lusso Plus for LED adaptive headlights, automatic lights and wipers and a Bose sound system (€35,795).

Again, full video test drive on the way soon as we live in hope of an exceptionally sunny January.