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Fiat 124 Spider

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

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Price: £25,055Engine: 1.4-litre 4cyl petrol
Power: 138bhpTorque: 240Nm0-62mph: 7.5 secondsTop speed: 134mph

The classic formula of front-engined, rear-wheel drive open-top motoring is tried and tested in the sports car world, and Fiat has previous with building such cars. Fortunately, its latest effort is both relatively cheap and a whole heap of fun to drive. What’s more, Fiat turned to Mazda when making the new 124 Spider, using the foundations of the brilliant MX-5 to make sure they had the best possible footings to start with.

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Unlike the Mazda, the 124 comes with a 1.4-litre turbocharged unit, helping separate its character from the high-revving naturally aspirated MX-5. It produces 138bhp and 240Nm of torque, which will allow you to hit 62mph from a standing start in just 7.5 seconds.

Fiat 124 Spider review

What’s more, if you fancy more power there is the option of the Abarth model, which pumps out 168bhp and will go from 0-62mph in just 6.8 seconds.

Best cheap fast cars 2018

  1. 1. Ford Fiesta ST
  2. 2. Caterham 7 160
  3. 3. Mazda MX-5
  4. 4. Volkswagen up! GTI
  5. 5. Hyundai i30N
  6. 6. Honda Civic Type R
  7. 7. MINI Cooper S
  8. 8. Toyota GT 86
  9. 9. Suzuki Swift Sport
  10. 10. Fiat 124 Spider
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