Old fashioned scuttle shake? He's got to be kidding. This car feels as planted and solid as any roadster I've ever driven - and there's been a few. I think there are some critics that just are dying to come up with clever negative remarks to make them seem more, well, clever. And, its a gorgeous car. Maybe its just that I've always found the MX-5 looks too much like a toy, but I just don't get it.
The Abarth is the equivalent of $36,645I think the problem in the UK is the pricing. It's expensive there, and the Abarth is crazy expensive. Here in Aus the Abarth is the same price as the top spec MX5. That makes it the sensible buy.
Actually neither is the case. The Abarth (Aus spec which is 168hp...same as the UK) is quicker than the MX5 2.0 (Aus spec which is 158hp...same as the UK). Not by a lot but it is quicker. And the Abarth uses more fuel than the MX5 2.0 (about 10% more). Don't give a toss about "official" numbers....I'm giving you the straight dope from having both of them in my garage.Something I've noticed with all the UK 124 reviews is that when they compare the 124 and MX5-
Price and economy they use the 1.5 litre Mazda.
Performance they use the 2 litre Mazda.
Therefore implying that the Fiat is thirstier, more expensive and slightly slower...
In reality, yes it's thirstier and more expensive but way faster than the 1.5 and slightly cheaper and slower than the 2 litre but more economical.
So comparing apples and apples there's nothing in it.