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Old 04-02-2016   #1
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MX5 in a frock...

...or finally the Fiat the Barchetta never was?

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Re: MX5 in a frock...

Not too sure on the looks, would be keen to see what Abarth do with it.


I'm not keen on the MX5 it's based on either to be honest.
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Re: MX5 in a frock...

It's a million times better looking than the mx5 imho
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Re: MX5 in a frock...

Really looking forward to seeing one in the flesh.
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Re: MX5 in a frock...

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Really looking forward to seeing one in the flesh.
MONTHS away apparently..
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Re: MX5 in a frock...

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MONTHS away apparently..
First 124 special edition arr September.... Apparently.....
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Re: MX5 in a frock...

Oh, the French configurator is up n running.....
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Re: MX5 in a frock...

I don't know... the car may otherwise look great but this double everything face is a bit weird imo.
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Re: MX5 in a frock...

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I don't know... the car may otherwise look great but this double everything face is a bit weird imo.
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Re: MX5 in a frock...

Actually it sound to me like a sound decision. Let Mazda do most of the design and development and then step in and adapt their design. The FIAT Multiair turbo engine should provide enough of a difference over the Mazda N/A motors and the previous MX-5s have been almost legendary in their handling and roadholding.

I've only driven a MX-5 once, and that was an early model at moderate speeds, but it reminded me of a Triumph Spitfire in as much as you were sitting almost on the rear axle and the car seemed to pivot around the driver which gave a great feeling as to what the car was doing.

My fervent hope is, that after some brief "First impression" type drives in the Press that seemed to be universally good (one report placed the 124 above its MX-5 cousin) that they don't resort to Halfords type tuning when the Abarth model comes along.

In other words, lower, stiffer springs, lower, wider tyres and a bigger turbo. It
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Actually it sound to me like a sound decision. Let Mazda do most of the design and development and then step in and adapt their design. The FIAT Multiair turbo engine should provide enough of a difference over the Mazda N/A motors and the previous MX-5s have been almost legendary in their handling and roadholding.

I've only driven a MX-5 once, and that was an early model at moderate speeds, but it reminded me of a Triumph Spitfire in as much as you were sitting almost on the rear axle and the car seemed to pivot around the driver which gave a great feeling as to what the car was doing.

My fervent hope is, that after some brief "First impression" type drives in the Press that seemed to be universally good (one report placed the 124 above its MX-5 cousin) that they don't resort to Halfords type tuning when the Abarth model comes along.

In other words, lower, stiffer springs, lower, wider tyres and a bigger turbo. It
You can see and configure the Abarth 124 on the website......
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I don't know... the car may otherwise look great but this double everything face is a bit weird imo.
Just like Bart & Lisa and the 2012 Olympics logo, I fear I'll never be able to look at that car again now without seeing that face
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Re: MX5 in a frock...

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Just like Bart & Lisa and the 2012 Olympics logo, I fear I'll never be able to look at that car again now without seeing that face
Noooooo I'd forgotten about that!
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