Abarth 124 Spider Makes Its Debut at Geneva 2016

A hotter version of the Fiat 124 roadster comes to Geneva Auto Motor Show with 170hp. But we’re utterly interested by the 300hp prototype…

For those in need of more juice for the Fiat 124, this is some great news. The Abarth Racing Team put its engineers to work and came up with a performance-focused version of the Fiat 124, one that has a class-leading power-to-weight ratio according to the manufacturer.

Abarth 124 spider hides under its long bonnet an uprated 1.4-liter MultiAir II engine, capable of 170hp and 184lb-ft of torque. Mated to a six-speed manual (or a six-speed auto ‘box with a “Sport” mode), it can sprint 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds and it can reach a top speed of 143mph (that’s 230km/h in metric). 

And it’s not only the power that matters when connecting to a driver’s car such as this: the 1,060kg Abarth roadster comes with tweaked suspension and damping (double-wishbone for the front axle and five-link set-up for the rear one), aluminum calipers up front and a limited-slip differential.

Although it might seem the type of car designer for purists, Abarth’s 124 Spider comes with a suite of comfort features: Alcantara cladded cabin features climate control, cruise control, and a 7.0-inch infotainment system with sat-nav, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio, and reversing camera are available optionally.

Abarth’s Geneva stand had a special guest — a rally version of the 124 Spider, one with 300hp. If you’re planning to acquire or change your rally car, that’s one interesting option, isn’t it?

Abarth 124 Spider will be available for sale starting with September 2016 with a price tag of €40,000.

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