Many automotive publications have preferred the ND Mazda Miata to the Abarth 124 Spider in comparison tests, with most citing the Mazda’s smooth 2.0-liter engine and different chassis tuning as their reasoning. Whether or not the Miata drives better than the Abarth 124 Spider doesn’t really matter to us, however, because there’s one reason we’d rather have the Abarth: it’s exhaust note.
The Italian brand’s 1.4-liter 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 – even if the Miata continues to be the darling of the car enthusiast community.