The new Abarth 124 Spider has debuted at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show with 170 horsepower on tap and a €40,000 price tag for all of Europe. Fiat Chrysler says the car “combines the great sensorial experiences of excitement and driving fun that only a spider can give,” but with the added benefit of Abarth performance touches, creating a car “that will bring back the smile on the driver’s face.”
We’ll get the important parts out of the way first. Under the hood of the Abarth 124 is Fiat’s 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 170 horsepower and a meaty 184 lb-ft of torque. Both six-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions are offered, which deliver the same 6.8-second 0-62 mph time. Livening up the engine is a standard ‘Record Monza’ quad-exit exhaust system, which supplies the throaty Abarth exhaust note the brand has become known for.
A standard limited-slip differential further adds to the sporty driving experience and should help keep things in check if the car gets a little sideways. Bilstein dampers and stiffer anti-roll bars give the Abarth 124 a firmer, sportier feeling ride than the Fiat 124 Spider on which it’s based, while a Brembo braking system with aluminum front calipers provide strong braking performance with minimal fade.
Performance touches applied to the exterior of the Abarth 124 ensure you won’t mistake it for the standard car. The long hood has been painted black, a nod to the original Abarth 124 Spider Rally introduced in 1972, and features two prominent humps that hint at the longitudinal position of the 1.4-liter engine. The front bumper now features a larger intake as well, while the rear bumper features a lower diffuser engineered in the wind tunnel. A new small rear- spoiler helps the car cut through the air and 17-inch alloy wheels help tie the sporting looks together.
The Abarth DNA is impossible to miss in the cabin. Alcantara covers the dash, center console, handbrake lever and more and is joined by red inserts for the leather seats and red accent stitching. Like in the standard Fiat 124 Spider, the small diameter steering wheel and short, stubby gear lever are specially designed to compliment a spirited driving style.
Sales of the Abarth 124 Spider will begin in Europe this Summer. Pricing and availability for the U.S. market has yet to be announced.