It seems Top Gear has ruffled a few feathers in its recent test of the Abarth 124 Spider, in the television show it had a go for the car being a carbon copy of the Mazda MX-5 and therefore not being any good and no where near as good as the original Fiat 124 Spider.
Even more of a surprise was the fact the magazine publication of the TV show gave the Abarth 124 Spider 5 stars and couldn’t praise it highly enough.
In our eyes Matt LeBlanc & Co should have been road testing the Fiat 124 Spider if they were after a throwback to the original 60’s car, not the performance version in Abarth mode.
Having road tested both cars, as well as its Japanese ‘donor’ we have no doubt the Abarth 124 Spider deserves the accolades it’s been receiving on the whole. If your in any doubt, just listen to the sound it makes.The Italian brand’s 1.4-litre turbocharged engine sounds good in the 500 Abarth and in the 124, with its racy quad-exit exhaust and almost 35 extra horsepower, it sounds even better. It’s a deep, throaty burble that sounds unlike any other four-cylinder on sale today, and with the top down, the noise infiltrates the cabin and becomes key to the driving experience.
Listen to the Abarth 124’s raw exhaust note in the video above, which comes to us via CarThrottle, and come to your own conclusions about the two-seater’s racket. If you’re anything like us, it’ll sell you on the Abarth – now go and find a dealer & road test it yourself, enjoy!