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    "The Fiat’s rugged iron-block 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo engine pulls with far less linearity than Mazda’s naturally aspirated, free-revving, all-aluminum 2.0-liter. The Fiat boasts a little more horsepower—164 for the Abarth and 160 for lesser 124s versus 155 in the Mazda—and a lot more peak torque—184 lb-ft versus 148. But more important than the numbers is the feeling. This older-school turbo suffers boost-lag right off the line followed by a rush up to a point where perhaps a MultiAir cam-phasing event seems to put a second knee in the curve. These discontinuities in the torque curve were joined by a few other flat spots in an Abarth automatic we sampled, begging the questions, is this test car having an off day? And if not, is tuning for that extra 4 hp worth the trouble it creates in this lumpy torque curve? On the plus side, when revved to its redline with either transmission, the engine pulls smoothly from a speed that’s safely above those non-linearities in the next gear. . ."

    2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth First Test Review - Motor Trend

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    All I know is I was at the Fiat dealer yesterday and I found the car to be not pretty...to me the ND looks so much better.

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    The ND does it for me, in my opinion it's just about perfect from a design standpoint. But, we're finding that there are plenty of people in the opposite camp who like the Fiat's styling more.

    This was the first angle from which I actually really like the 124:

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