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Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione (348) 2017 года (фото 1 из 28)

Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione (348) 2017 года (фото 1 из 28)

Галерея автомобиля Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione 2017 года включает в себя 28 оригинальных изображений высокого качества.

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Изображенный на фотографиях автомобиль выпускался с 2017 года по 2018 год, в кузове 348.

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Usually when it comes to selecting a manual-transmission, rear-drive roadster we’d be tempted to gravitate to the sportiest model; in the 124’s case, that is the Abarth with its optional rorty exhaust and upgraded brakes, along with Abarth-specific suspension tuning and a limited-slip differential. But if you’re looking for a pure-driving roadster, the Miata is an even better choice. In this case, we’d stick with the most affordable version, the Classica; since the 124 Spider is about the simple joy of piloting a wind-in-your-hair roadster, why pay more for extra features that don’t add to that experience?

All 124 Spider models come with a turbocharged four-cylinder making 160 horsepower in Classica and Lusso models and 164 horsepower in the Abarth. It can be fun trying to keep the 124’s engine on boil by constantly working the buttery six-speed manual (a six-speed automatic is optional), but the nonlinear power delivery makes the task tricky. At least when kept in the middle of the range, the Fiat engine amuses with solid punch and a brassy exhaust note. At low engine speeds, the 1.4-liter has little to give, and its gusto wears off well before the tach needle hits redline.

Where the Toyota 86 and the MX-5 Miata are autocross and track-day darlings, the softer-handling Fiat is the small roadster to buy if you prioritize sunny-day cruises over track events. The stiffer-sprung Abarth model is more of an eager little scamp, and every 124 benefits from quick, feedback-rich steering and good body control when the road deviates from the straight and narrow. The 124 Spider rides decently for a small, flyweight roadster.

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The Fiat 124 Spider makes great use of its Miata chassis and adds a unique flavor with its raucous, torque-y Fiat engine. It lacks some of the polish of the Miata’s powertrain and design, but is still a blast

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The Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of our favorite sports cars, and it’s hard to imagine how it could be improved – especially after Mazda added a revvier, more powerful engine for 2019. That presents a potential issue for its platform mate, the 2020 Fiat 124 Spider, which hasn’t received a similar update. So we spent some time behind the wheel of an Abarth version on the road and on a track to see if there’s a reason to choose it over its new-and-improved twin.

While it’s unchanged for 2020, the 124 Abarth’s engine does the lion’s share of the work charming the driver. The 164-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four is no longer more powerful than the Miata’s 181-hp 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine, but the Abarth remains the torque king, packing 184 pound-feet to the Miata’s 151 lb-ft. More importantly, the Abarth makes its power down low, feeling punchier at low rpm and taking far less work with the shifter to keep it in the power band. That’s particularly nice around town when you might not want to push the car to redline repeatedly. The trade-off is that it feels much less exciting near redline, and the throttle response is lethargic compared with the snappy Mazda engine. And on a racetrack, that extra precision and power at the top end makes for a more rewarding experience.

Besides user-friendly torque, what sets the 124 Spider Abarth from the Mazda is the sound. The Abarth is the only 124 available with the special Record Monza exhaust, and it makes the Fiat growl and snarl like only Italian cars can. And of course, it’s all the better when you drop the top, expediting the sound to your ears. It makes the car feel more expensive and unusual than it is. Now, the Miata has its own more refined purr that’s lovely, too, but the Fiat’s soundtrack is giggle-inducing at every drop of the throttle.

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Capping off the powertrain is the Fiat’s transmission that I found to be just a bit better than the ND Miata’s. It has heavier, more mechanical shifts that aren’t as notchy as the Miata’s. That’s still a compliment to Mazda, though, as the Fiat’s transmission comes from the previous-generation NC Miata. It was chosen to handle the turbo engine’s torque. The only complaint is the bizarrely shaped shift knob that never felt comfortable regardless of my grip.

The Abarth’s styling is another point of differentiation. Fiat deserves an enormous amount of credit for creating a generally handsome tribute to the 124 Spider of the ‘60s and ‘70s using Miata bones. If you didn’t know the connection between the two cars, you might think the Fiat was a completely original car. The Abarth is particularly attractive with its more aggressive lower grille, side skirts and rear bumper compared to what you’d get with the base 124. These changes make it look more substantial and road-hugging. The available matte black stripe down the middle is cool, too, and is actually painted, rather than a vinyl decal. In contrast to the Miata, its collection of bulges and grilles is fussier, and the longer overhangs make it less taut and tidy, but they’re minor complaints of an otherwise handsome car.

As for the rest of the 124, there isn’t much different from the Mazda, which is good in some ways and disappointing in others. It’s all good news with handling, as both cars feel light and eager to turn. They lean a good amount in corners, and they tell you well in advance when the back end starts sliding. The steering is light, precise and sensitive.

On the disappointing side, the interiors are nearly identical save for some different colors and upholstery. This is an area where the Fiat could have differentiated itself and possibly improved compared to the Miata. Perhaps more useful cupholders or a completely different design would’ve been too expensive to implement, but more Italian-inspired material or color flourishes would be nice. Even better, it could have added a Fiat-Chrysler UConnect infotainment system, which would likely run faster and look better than the increasingly antiquated Mazda system. But at the very least, the Fiat’s interior isn’t any worse than the Miata’s.

Taken altogether, the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth is still a compelling option to the Mazda Miata. The Miata is a bit more rewarding when driven hard, especially with its zingy new engine. But the Fiat makes up for that with a stunning soundtrack, slick transmission and easy-to-use torque. It’s a different flavor that’s just as delicious as the original dish.

Технические характеристики Fiat 124 Spider Abarth 2017

Вместо 1,4-литрового 140-сильного турбо-бензиновика, которым агрегатируется стандартная версия Fiat 124 Spider, заряженная модификация от тюнинг-ателье Abarth комплектуется 1,4-литровым MultiAir-турбодвигателем, генерирующим 170 «кобыл» и 250 Нм крутящей тяги. В результате разгон от 0 до 100 сократился до 6,8 сек. (минус 0,7 сек.), а максималка возросла с 215 до 230 км/час.

Удивительно, но прирост мощности практически не сказался на аппетите родстера, расход топлива которого в комбинированном режиме варьируется в пределах 6-6,5 л на каждые 100 км трассы. Пару новому турбомотору может составлять либо6-диапазонная механическая КПП либо 6-диапазонный «автомат» Sequenziale Sportivo с возможность переключения передач посредством подрулевых лепестков.

В основе «горячей» версии Abarth лежит хорошо знакомая по Mazda MX-5 заднеприводная тележка. Масса автомобиля составляет всего 1060 кг, причём благодаря продуманной компоновке производителю удалось добиться её развесовки по осям в соотношении 50:50. Согласно заявлениям производителя, ходовая Фиат 124 Spider Abarth 2017 была полностью перенастроена, что вместе с установкой специального комплекта подвески Bilstein позволило добиться эталонной управляемости. Помимо этого, заряженная модификация получила спортивную тормозную систему Brembo, самоблокирующийся дифференциал и спортивную систему выхлопа.

Рулевое управление дополнено электрическим усилителем, наделившим рулевое колесо большей тяжестью, чем это сделано в японском брате-близнеце Mazda MX-5. В результате на дороге спорт-родстер ведёт себя более собрано и предсказуемо, даря истинное наслаждение даже при езде по сложным горным серпантинам.

Тест-драйв

Экстерьер

Кузов нового Fiat 124 Spider создан по ретро-мотивам. Родстер выделяется выразительными выштамповками на капоте, выпуклыми крыльями, а также круглыми головными фарами.

При этом последние полностью состоят из светодиодных элементов, и три дугообразные секции дневных ходовых огней, которые обрамляют основную линзу освещения, смотрятся интригующе. Агрессии образу придает крупноячеистая решетка радиатора, низкий сплиттер переднего бампера, а также двойной выхлоп.

Интерьер

Кокпит Фиата 124 Спайдер лаконичен, но функционален. Центральная консоль максимально разгружена от клавиш – присутствует лишь блок управления климатической установкой в виде трех вращающихся шайб. А вот все управление мультимедийно-развлекательным комплексом перенесено на центральный тоннель и осуществляется посредством двух джойстиков.

Управлять мультимедиа также можно и нажатиями на центральный монитор, хотя его графика не отличается высокой детализацией и насыщенной цветовой гаммой (особенно при просмотре видео).

Приоритет на приборной панели отдан тахометру – он расположен прямо перед глазами водителя. В свою очередь секции бортового компьютера и аналогового спидометра размещены по бокам «инструментария». Серый фон самих приборов наводит тоску, но к их читабельности претензий нет.

Сидеть в водительском кресле удобно за счет его оптимальной жесткости и профиля. Но интересен тот факт, что валики боковой поддержки хорошо развиты лишь на подушке, а вот спинке опоры не хватает, и тело фиксируется нечетко.

Мягкая крыша лишена электроприводов. Кто-то может принять это за жадность производителя, а кто-то – за продуманный шаг, ведь в таком случае удалось выкрасть некоторое свободное пространство для багажника, ведь его объем равен 140 литрам.

В движении

Турбированный двигатель 1.4 литра обладает хорошей тягой на средних оборотах. Но в североамериканском варианте он, к тому же, хорошо тянет и на низах. А вот европейской версии крутящего момента до 2500 оборотов в минуту недостаточно, что выражается в запоздалых откликах педали акселератора и вялом старте с места.

Передаточные числа механической трансмиссии сближены, а сама МКП отличается высокой четкостью переключений, поэтому ей приятно пользоваться при активном вождении. «Автомат» также быстро способен менять ступени, но плавность его работы невысока.

Шасси Фиата 124 Спайдер настроено породисто. Автомобиль почти лишен кренов при прохождении поворотов, четко слушается сверхчувствительного руля и устойчив на прямой. На дуге родстер до последнего демонстрирует нейтральную поворачиваемость и лишь на пределе возможностей шасси сдается, о чем сигнализирует резким сносом задней оси.

Что касается ездового комфорта, то он в этом автомобиле все-таки есть. Мелкие неровности упругая подвеска преодолевает без существенной тряски, а на крупных ухабах не допускает пробоев, хотя родстер в такие моменты может ощутимо подбрасывать от земли.

Тормозная система работает адекватно. Педаль тормоза информативна на протяжении всего рабочего хода, при этом эффективность замедления высокая даже с предельных скоростей. Однако тормозные диски склонны к перегреву в режиме частых торможений «в пол».

Выводы

Новый Fiat 124 Spider достоин называться именем своего предшественника и также способен доставлять истинное удовольствие от вождения. Однако бюджетным итальянский родстер теперь уже назвать нельзя – это скорее имиджевая модель, которую будут ценить за ее родословную.

Любителям же недорогих, но азартных родстеров имеет смысл присмотреться к Mazda MX-5, которая способна доставить не меньшие положительные эмоции за рулем.

Фото нового Fiat 124 Spider:

В 2016 году на Женевском автосалоне Фиат показал версии Abarth и Abarth Rally, специальные раллийные версии автомобиля. На Abarth устанавливаются 1,4-литровые двигатели с MultiAir мощностью 170 л. с. (125 кВт) и крутящим моментом 250 Нм. Максимальная скорость составляет 232 км/ч и разгон до 100 км/ч занимает 6,8 секунды, все благодаря массе в 1 060 кг и его распределением между осями 50:50.

В дополнение к дорожной версии, был собран гоночный прототип Abarth, вдохновленный спортивными раллийными автомобилями Fiat 124 Abarth Rally из 1970-х годов. Он получил 1,8-литровый турбированный двигатель мощностью 300 л. с. (221 кВт) при 6500 оборотах в минуту.

В 2016 году на Женевском автосалоне Фиат показал версии Abarth и Abarth Rally, специальные раллийные версии автомобиля. На Abarth устанавливаются 1,4-литровые двигатели с MultiAir мощностью 170 л. с. (125 кВт) и крутящим моментом 250 Нм. Максимальная скорость составляет 232 км/ч и разгон до 100 км/ч занимает 6,8 секунды, все благодаря массе в 1 060 кг и его распределением между осями 50:50.

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В дополнение к дорожной версии, был собран гоночный прототип Abarth, вдохновленный спортивными раллийными автомобилями Fiat 124 Abarth Rally из 1970-х годов. Он получил 1,8-литровый турбированный двигатель мощностью 300 л. с. (221 кВт) при 6500 оборотах в минуту.

Ex-Works 1975 Fiat Abarth 124 Rallye Group 4 Spider

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The Fiat Abarth 124 Rallye Spider was a comprehensively re-developed version of the famous little Italian roadster designed to race in the Group 4 division of the World Rally Championship.

Abarth is an Italian tuning house known for sometimes outlandish cars, built with an almost Machiavellian eye for performance above all else. Fiat took over Abarth in 1971, integrating the company as the Fiat Group’s in-house racing department.

Management of all racing operations was under the experienced eye of former-Ferrari V12 engine designer Aurelio Lampredi, and one of his first tasks was developing the racing version of the 124 Sport Spider – the Fiat Abarth 124 Rallye.

The Fiat 124 Sport Spider

The Pininfarina styled 124 Sport Spider was penned by American automobile designer Tom Tjaarda, one of the most prolific car designers of the 20th century, with 80+ vehicles to his name.

Fiat intended their new roadster to be a direct competitor for the popular British MGB, a car that was selling well on both sides of the Atlantic, and that would go on to have almost 500,000 units built by the time production ceased.

Tjaarda designed the two-seat roadster on a shortened version of the platform used by the Fiat 124 sedan to reduce production and development costs. The 124 used a steel unibody design with unequal length wishbone front suspension, and a coil sprung live axle rear.

Over the course of the 1966 to 1982 production run a series of engines were used, starting with a 1.4 litre unit capable of 89 hp and progressing through 1.6, 1.8 litre units, then ending with a 2.0 litre producing 133 hp.

The 124 Sport Spider proved to to be a significant success for Fiat, over 200,000 units were sold worldwide. The Italian automaker brought the model designation back in 2016 with the Fiat 124 Spider, based on the Mazda Miata platform, with a unique Fiat-designed body and a turbocharged Fiat Multiair engine.

The Fiat Abarth 124 Rallye

When the Lampredi-led team at Abarth set about developing a homologation rally version of the 125 Sport Spider they did a lot more than jack up the suspension and slap stickers on fenders.

The prototype was stripped back to its bare shell and a number of steel panels were replaced with fiberglass to save weight. A roll bar was fitted in the passenger compartment and a new rigid hardtop was fitted to further improve rigidity and help with aerodynamics at speed.

The rear axle was removed and replaced with an independent suspension arrangement with lower wishbones, trailing arms, an upper strut, and an anti-roll bar. A limited-slip differential was used for better acceleration, particularly on loose surfaces, and wider alloy wheels were fitted front and back under new flared wheel arches.

The original seats were deleted and a new pair of competition seats were fitted, along with a revised dashboard, and an Abarth steering wheel. The centre console, rear occasional seats, and glovebox lid were also removed for weight savings, and the rear window was replaced with a Perspex unit.

The stand-out feature of the new Fiat rally car was its Abarth-tuned 1736cc twin-cam engine producing 128 bhp in road trim, with 170+ bhp available in rally trim. The power increase was largely thanks to double vertical twin-choke Weber 44 IDF carburetors and a new higher-performance Abarth exhaust with a twin mufflers.

The car successfully achieved FIA homologation in the Group 4 (special grand touring cars) racing class, and it began competing in the the World Rally Championship in 1972.

In 1972 it took wins at the Hessen Rally (1st and 2nd), and the Acropolis Rally (1st, 4th, 7th), and in 1973 it won the Polish Rally. In 1975 Maurizio Verini took five victories to win the European Rally Championship at the wheel of the final 16-valve version – forever securing the model in the annals of Abarth history.

The Ex-Works 1975 Fiat Abarth 124 Rallye Group 4 Spider

This Abarth 124 Spider is one of just seven Olio Fiat works cars, it has in-period competition history, and according to Abarth it’s the best of the surviving Group 4 cars due to its originality, condition, and the fact that it still has all of its rare Abarth works parts fitted.

These seven works cars were the only examples to be fitted with the 16-valve version of the 1.8 litre engine, known as the “Testa Streta” or “Narrow Head”. These engines are capable of almost 200 bhp thanks to their Kugelfischer fuel injection system, a power figure made all the more impressive when you remember the kerb weight is just 863 kilograms (1902.59 lbs).

This car was one of the three sold to private entrants, it competed in the Italian and European Championships driven by Cuniolo/Poletti. It finished 7th overall at the Quattro Regioni Rallye in 1977 with Cuniolo/Poletti at the helm, and in the years after this it passed through the hans of a number of other Italian drivers.

Importantly the car was always maintained by an Abarth Classiche professional team, and it has Abarth Classiche certification. Its due to roll across the auction block with Bonhams on the 8th of February at Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais. If you’d like to read more or register to bid you can click here to visit the listing.

В 2016 году на Женевском автосалоне Фиат показал версии Abarth и Abarth Rally, специальные раллийные версии автомобиля. На Abarth устанавливаются 1,4-литровые двигатели с MultiAir мощностью 170 л. с. (125 кВт) и крутящим моментом 250 Нм. Максимальная скорость составляет 232 км/ч и разгон до 100 км/ч занимает 6,8 секунды, все благодаря массе в 1 060 кг и его распределением между осями 50:50.

В дополнение к дорожной версии, был собран гоночный прототип Abarth, вдохновленный спортивными раллийными автомобилями Fiat 124 Abarth Rally из 1970-х годов. Он получил 1,8-литровый турбированный двигатель мощностью 300 л. с. (221 кВт) при 6500 оборотах в минуту.

Abarth 124 Spider

Abarth 124 Spider Rally

“The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider merges Mazda’s tech with Fiat’s flair to create a charming roadster.”

  • Proven, light weight sports car chassis
  • Brilliant convertible top design
  • Turbocharged power plant
  • On-track thrills promised from the Abarth model
  • Somewhat polarizing design
  • Lacking power below 3000 rpm

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Fiat 124 Spider. Although the car has been out of production for more than three decades, Fiat roadster fans have cause for celebration because the Spider returning to the global market this summer as a 2017 model. Despite the fact that the car now carrying the torch bears little mechanical resemblance to the roadster it derives its namesake from, it’s no less compelling than the original, which has the notable distinction of being the best-selling U.S. market Fiat ever.

If something looks strangely familiar about the shape and proportions of the Fiat 124 Spider, it may be because this car owes just as much to Japan as it does to Italy. The result of an engineering partnership between Fiat and Mazda, the 124 Spider is built alongside the MX-5 in Hiroshima, and much like the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S, the Mazda and Fiat share a platform. But unlike Toyobaru twins, the differences here run deeper than just badging, content and minor tuning tweaks.

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But can a sports car with the underpinnings of a Miata capture the essence of that iconic Italian ragtop? With 350 miles between Los Angeles and Pebble Beach, a balmy summer day taking shape, and no shortage of narrow, twisting tarmac at my disposal once I arrived in town for Monterey Car Week, I intended to find out.

Italian style meets Japanese engineering

While there’s a number of nuanced differences between the Mazda MX-5 and the Fiat 124 Spider, the most obvious difference between the pair, from a mechanical standpoint, is that the Fiat does not use Mazda’s naturally aspirated 2.0-liter SkyActiv four cylinder motor. Instead, Fiat has festooned their turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir four-pot into the chassis.

The boosted mill outputs 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque in the Classica and Lusso trims, while the performance-focused Abarth model gets a unique exhaust system that bumps peak horsepower up to 164. Comparing the 124 Spider Abarth and its Japanese equivalent in MX-5 Club, that’s a difference of nine horsepower and 36 pound-feet of torque. It also means the 124 Spider is the most powerful four cylinder currently available in its class. Considering the fact that Mazda has stated their intention to leave engine output as-is with this generation of the Miata, opting for the 124 may be the easiest path to a more grunt if you find the MX-5 a bit lacking.

If something looks strangely familiar about the Fiat 124 Spider, it may be because this car owes just as much to Japan as it does to Italy.

But the Fiat 124 Spider’s differentiation from the Mazda MX-5 doesn’t simply begin and end at the power plant. Fiat wanted to give this roadster its own character without losing sight of what’s made the Miata a venerable modern-day sports car icon. Every body panel on the 124 Spider is unique to this model, with the design handled at Fiat’s Centro Stile division in Turin, Italy. While similarities in the proportions of the two cars are unavoidable, the Fiat cuts a decidedly more chiseled figure than the smooth, flowing design of the Mazda, and the 124 Spider’s prominent bug-eye-style headlamps and split grille help give the Fiat a unique visual identity.

Along with suspension tuning that’s more aggressive than the MX-5’s across the lineup, there’s also numerous soft-touch leather options exclusive to the 124 in order to provide the interior with a sense of European flare as well. A bespoke gauge cluster and Sport mode are also on hand for the Abarth model.

On the road

While there are efforts to establish a unique identity for the 124 Spider found throughout the car, from behind the wheel none are more obvious than the engine under the hood. The Multi-Air’s personality is a bit more raucous than the relatively understated nature of the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter in the Mazda. Along with its raspy exhaust note – which is particularly prominent in the Abarth model – how the Italian mill delivers the power is substantially different from Mazda’s SkyActiv power plant.

Because of the Mutli-Air’s heavy reliance on boost to make power, below 3,000 rpm the motor can feel a bit lethargic, and unsuccessful attempts to get underway from second gear in stop and go traffic during the mania of Monterey Car Week in my manual gearbox-equipped tester drove this notion home. Yet if you’re willing to play by the turbocharged rules, this little car can be a legitimate riot to bomb around in, and its curb weight of under 2500 pounds is a refreshing change of pace from the industry-wide bloat we’ve become accustomed to.

When it goes on sale this summer, the 124 Spider will initially be offered in three trim levels – Classica serves as the entry level offering, while Lusso offers more luxury and tech content and the Abarth model caters to enthusiasts with its focus on performance.

If you’re willing to play by the turbocharged rules, this little car can be a legitimate riot to bomb around in.

Like the Miata, the 124 Spider’s size might seem like a daunting proposition to taller drivers. While it normally wouldn’t be my go-to choice for grand touring duty, my 6’3” frame settled into the 124 comfortably for the five hour drive to Monterey. Although adjustment on the 124’s seats is fairly rudimentary, the overall comfort of these buckets – which differ in construction from the MX-5’s – was admirable considering the lengthy stints behind the wheel.

I also got to know the infotainment system well during our journey together, which is essentially unchanged from Mazda’s implementation in the Miata. Although it lacks some of the latest features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the system proved cooperative with my devices and responsive to commands, with a logically laid out and easy to navigate menu system. Inputs can be done either by touchscreen or an iDrive-like pivoting rotary knob and a collection of physical buttons, while basic tasks like volume control, skipping tracks and voice commands can also be done from the steering wheel.

The Bondurant connection

The Fiat 124 Spider gets stiffer suspension tuning than the Mazda across its three trim lines, but it’s unsurprising to learn that the Abarth’s tuning is the most aggressive among them. Serving as a counterpart to the performance-focused MX-5 Club, the Abarth gets Bilstein dampers, bigger wheels with grippier tires, a throatier exhaust system, and the availability of Brembo brakes and Recaro sport seats.

To help drive home the on-track prowess of the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, Fiat has partnered up with the Bondurant Racing School in Chandler, Arizona, to provide expert performance driving instruction to every new Abarth buyer. Not unlike the SRT Experience offered on high performance Dodge products, Abarth owners will be treated to a day at the purpose built facility learning various high performance driving techniques from Bondurant’s roster of highly skilled instructors, many of which are former professional racers like Bob Bondurant himself. That’s a particularly nice little perk when you consider that even the top-spec Abarth comes in under $30k.

No “wrong” choice

If this has you torn between the MX-5 Club and the 124 Spider Abarth, I can’t say I blame you. Straight-line acceleration is essentially identical between the two cars at about six seconds flat to 60 mph, and while the Abarth undercuts the Club’s price by a few hundred bucks at $28,195, the difference becomes even more negligible when you start considering options like the Brembos and the Recaro seats. Still, the Abarth’s 1.4-liter turbo engine likely provides a bit more performance potential out of the box, yet lacks the linearity of the Mazda’s natural aspiration.

At the end of the day, choosing between a Fiat 124 Spider and a Mazda MX-5 is a subjective exercise – both cars are a blast behind the wheel and offer a genuine performance value along with a surprisingly amount of practicality. Although each cuts a substantially different figure aesthetically, which one is more appealing to the eye comes down to who you ask.

Perhaps the most reassuring takeaway here is that you can’t really go wrong with either one. Whether or not the Fiat suits you more ideally than the Mazda does, the notion of more of these light weight and well-balanced chassis finding their way into production – regardless of the badge on the hood – is a great thing indeed.

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