Fiat has introduced the U.S. spec version of the Abarth 124 Spider, dubbed the Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth, ahead of the 2016 New York International Auto Show.
The Abarth 124 Spider was first shown at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. Fiat has made small changes in moving to the U.S. spec Elaborazione version, but we’re happy to report the car has retained its unquestionably Italian character.
Under the hood of the 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth is the same 1.4-liter turbocharged MultiAir four-cylinder engine as the European spec model, however it’s been restricted to 160 horsepower rather than 170 for unknown reasons. Torque stays the same at 184 lb-ft. The engine is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
Enhancing the performance of the 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth is a mechanical limited slip differential, sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein front and rear shock absorbers and an optional Brembo braking system. A standard Sport Mode is also present and changes the engine, steering and traction control settings for a more responsive driving experience.
Backing up the added gusto is a more aggressive exterior, which is identical to the European-spec 124 Abarth. That means sportier front and rear fascais are present along with a quad-tip exhaust system, matte black hood, black side sills, 17-inch Gun Metal aluminum wheels and Gun Metal exterior trim pieces. The cabin is spruced up with a leather-wrapped wheel, handbrake lever and shift knob, contrasting red stitching, a unique instrument cluster and aluminum sport pedals. Leather seats or Recaro sport seats are optional.
The Fiat 124 Spider and sportier 124 Spider Abarth Elaborazione are expected to arrive in U.S. Fiat showrooms this summer. Pricing has yet to be announced.