cylinder Cooper S hits $45,400 and the performance-oriented John Cooper Works arrives in October priced at $54,900.
ABARTH 124 SPIDER
Italy’s take on the Mazda MX-5, the Spider (pictured on cover) gets a 1.4-litre turbo with an onpaper performance advantage over its Japanese cousin. Power is up, from 118kw in the 2.0litre Mazda to 125kW, but more importantly peak torque, or pulling power, increases from 200Nm to 250Nm and arrives lower in the rev range.
Offsetting that is bigger bodywork and a more spacious cabin fitted with more gadgets, which is expected to push the price out to the mid-$40,000 range when the car officially goes on sale next month.
In keeping with the Abarth heritage, the 124 Spider is fitted with a limited-slip diff, beefedup anti-roll bars, Brembo brakes and Bilstein dampers.
Overnight, the Mustang has become the most popular convertible in the country but the downside is there’s a big waiting list. The wait for a 5.0-