That would make the new MX-5 variant much quicker.
We’ve been looking forward to Fiat’s and Mazda’s collaboration for quite some time now. We were extremely excited when we heard that the automakers were working together to create the Fiat 124 Spider, which will debut later this year. While both automakers have kept quiet, Autoblog recently captured spy shots of the upcoming 124 Spider and it looks promising. According to Autoblog’s photographers the recent test mule sported four exhaust outlets instead of two found on the MX-5.
Rumors have been circulating 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 produces 237 hp and would aid the roadster in getting to 60 mph in under five seconds. With Mazda refusing to give the new MX-5 any more power, the 124 Spider would cater to drivers looking for Italian good looks and Porsche Boxster performance.