The MX-5 and 124 are the same except for the engine, manual transmission, differential, every single body panel, the windshield, and most of the things you can touch in the interior. I think when people start to cross shop them they will see the differences. Even some of the MX-5 owners are starting to convert. This past weekend one of our sponsored racers gave a ride in a tuned 500 Abarth to a competing MX-5 driver. The MX-5 owner is now buying an Abarth 124This is a pretty small segment. And really, there are two vehicles because the Miata MX-5 and 124 Spider are the same, and so are the FR-S and BRZ. I'm willing to try them all out though and choose the best one.
MX5 to 86 to EliseThis poses an interesting question actually, as the real competition is what we as owners and potential owners had/have prior to considering the 124, and what else we considered prior to making the final call.
I'm interested to hear from others on this one!
That's interesting as typically you hear of people comparing the Elise to the 4C. While the Abarth 124 isn't in that same league, it probably does offer as much driving enjoyment and in a more practical package.MX5 to 86 to Elise
Elise is still here and seriously considering the Abarth for a more useable weekend toy to replace it with.
I'm expecting to lose some driving enjoyment leaving the Elise for an Abarth 124, but I expect the practicality increase will be worth the trade-off.While the Abarth 124 isn't in that same league, it probably does offer as much driving enjoyment and in a more practical package.
Cooper convertible was my alternative. Small, fun, cheap, MPG were my main criteria.In no particular order, I only cared about style, price and mpgs. The only other car I considered was the Cooper Coupe. But BMW reliability and repair costs gave me concern and the simple fact they no longer make it.
Same here for the Miata - I can recognize that overall, the styling isn't bad, but it just didn't/doesn't do anything for me emotionally.Cooper convertible was my alternative. Small, fun, cheap, MPG were my main criteria.
The Miata never connected with me for some reason. It should have checked all the boxes but somehow didn't.