Abarth 124 Spider unveiled

As soon as the new Fiat 124 Spider was launched, speculation began about when a quicker Abarth-badged version would arrive. Well, it's here now.

Redesigned bumpers, a matt black finish for the bonnet and boot lid, LED lights front and rear, 17” alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and a grey windscreen surround make the Abarth 124 Spider instantly recognisable.

Abarth 124 Spider (2017) Front Side

However, the most significant difference compared to the regular Fiat model concerns the engine. Power for the rear-wheel drive roadster still comes from a turbocharged 1.4 litre four-cylinder unit, but output has been increased from 138 bhp (103 kW / 140 PS) to 167 bhp (125 kW / 170 PS).

Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, that translates into a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 6.8 seconds and a 142 mph (230 km/h) top speed.

By comparison, the Mazda MX-5 (which, remember, forms the basis for the 124) at best records 7.3 seconds and 133 mph (214 km/h) for those benchmarks when equipped with a 157 bhp (118 kW / 160 PS) 2.0 litre motor.

To ensure the Abarth 124's handling matches its extra performance potential, a revised suspension set-up is fitted that includes stiffer anti-roll bars plus bespoke 'Abarth by Bilstein' dampers. Also part of the standard specification is a mechanical limited-slip differential.

Deliveries are due to begin in September. Although a UK price has yet to be announced, the Abarth 124 Spider is going to cost €40,000 in the Eurozone.

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