Fiat is planning to drop a hot Abarth version of its recently released 124 Spider sportscar in 2017, accoridng to a new report from Pistonheads.
The 124 Spider Abarth, set to go on sale in 2017, will be powered by a 190 horsepower version of the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in the standard version of the car. Additionally, an even faster 124 Spider Abarth with over 200 horsepower will also be available at launch to coincide with the car’s planned introduction into a new sportscar-based World Rally Championship racing series.
Pistonheads sources say the 124 Spider Abarth will have a more aggressive front fascia, an optional matt black hood intended to hark back to the Abarth-built 124 Stradale rally car of the 1970s and even a hardtop roof. We’re expecting other Abarth-esque touches as well, such as model specific wheels, bigger exhaust tips and potentially high performance brakes.
The addition of the 124 Spider Abarth to the in-house tuning firm’s lineup is a no-brainer as it strives to gain market share in coming years. The brand is already on track to sell 10,000 units a year (up from 7,000 units), and that’s with only the 500 Abarth in its stable. A hot Abarth version of the 500X crossover is also inbound, which with the addition of the 124 Spider Abarth will grow its lineup to three models.