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Could Fiat's MX-5 Wannabe Get The Alfa Romeo 4C's Engine?

That would make the new MX-5 variant much quicker.

We’ve beenlooking forward to Fiat’s and Mazda’s collaboration for quite some time now. Wewere extremely excited when we heard that the automakers were working togetherto create the Fiat 124 Spider, which will debut later this year. While bothautomakers have kept quiet, Autoblog recently captured spy shots of theupcoming 124 Spider and it looks promising. Accordingto Autoblog’s photographers the recent test mule sported four exhaust outlets instead of two found on the MX-5.

Rumors have beencirculating that the 124 Spider will get a 1.4-liter turbo I4 making 160 hp from the Fiat 500 Abarth. However, with the newest test mule’s enlarged exhaust system,the 124 Spider may pack the Alfa Romeo 4C’s 1.7-liter turbo. The 4C’s engine produces237 hp and would aid the roadster in getting to 60 mph in under five seconds. With Mazda refusingto give the new MX-5 any more power, the 124 Spider would cater to driverslooking for Italian good looks and Porsche Boxster performance.

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