Mazda MX-5 Program Manager Nobuhiro Yamamoto recently ruled out a high-performance variant but it doesn't look like that will affect the Fiat 124 Spider as Autoblog's spy photographers have shot what appears to be a high-performance variant.

Mazda MX-5 Program Manager Nobuhiro Yamamoto recently ruled out a high-performance variant but it doesn't look like that decision will affect the Fiat 124 Spider as Autoblog's spy photographers have shot what appears to be a high-performance variant.

While the car appears similar to the prototype that our spies caught last month, the one snapped by Autoblog has a four-tailpipe exhaust system which suggests something powerful is lurking under the hood.

Nothing is official but previous reports have suggested Fiat could eventually introduce an Abarth variant that produces 200 PS (147 kW).  Even more interestingly, Autoblog is floating the idea that since the model was originally designed to be an Alfa Romeo it could use the 4C's turbocharged 1.75-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 240 PS (176 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.

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