There is a lot to love about the Fiat 124 Spider. This is because there is a lot to love about the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and as we all know the Fiat is close to the Mazda in almost every way. It’s a two-seater roadster with wheels and a charming sports car, but with a maximum power of 164 horsepower (122 kilowatts) from its turbocharged 1.4-liter engine, a supercar it isn’t.
This rendering seeks to change that. This is from tuningcar_ps on Instagram, and if it sounds rather familiar overall, it should. What you see here is an Aston Martin DB11 sporting the face of the 124. It really is that simple, as the Instagram account points out that it is done without the Photoshop trickery, on a phone with some editing capabilities. Photo. As such, it’s not the most complete or detailed portrayal we’ve seen, but honestly, it’s pretty good.
We mean this both in terms of a photo and a mash-up. Basically we have an Aston Martin that’s not as angry as it usually is. It’s a good look for the car, and we’ll even go a step further by suggesting a very simple addition. Drop a few round high beams into the Fiat grille, and suddenly you have a very a compelling homage to the classic V8 Vantage of the late 1970s. It’s a car we would happily drive every day, and it would have a bit more power than the 124 too. In its base form, the DB11 is equipped with a twin-turbo 4.0 V8 developing no less than 503 hp (375 kW), identical to the V8 you will find in the current generation Vantage.
Such a design would really stand out from the rest of Aston Martin’s lineup and inject all kinds of performance into the world of Fiat. An Aston Martin / Fiat partnership may be in sight to make this vision a reality.