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Fiat 124 Spider - best sports cars

The Italian firm is back in the small sports car business, courtesy of Mazda

Sports cars don't come much purer than the front-engined, rear-wheel drive, open-top, two-seater, and Fiat has a history of building these kind of models. So when it came time to produce a spiritual successor to the classic 124 Spider, it turned to another car maker that's already building its own fun two-seater.

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The Mazda MX-5 is a modern-day classic, and its layout perfectly suits the 124 Spider philosophy. So, Fiat took the MX-5, reprofiled the nose and tail, stuck its own 1.4-litre turbocharged engine under the bonnet, and off the new 124 Spider went.

Fiat 124 Spider review

The turbo engine gives the 124 Spider enough of a character change to separate it from the MX-5 - even if the visual changes don't, and the mid-range torque means the Spider feels muscular compared to the high-revving MX-5.

And if you want more power, there's always the Abarth version, which is tuned to 168bhp and gets some sporty visual updates and a rorty exhaust note.

Best sports cars

  1. 1. McLaren 570S
  2. 2. Mazda MX-5
  3. 3. Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
  4. 4. BMW M4 Competition Pack
  5. 5. Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe
  6. 6. Audi RS 5 Coupe
  7. 7. Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster
  8. 8. Fiat 124 Spider
  9. 9. Nissan GT-R
  10. 10. Jaguar F-Type
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