With only 160 horsepower or so, the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth is a great reminder that you don’t need massive amounts of power to have fun at the track. In this video we’ll see Car and Driver put the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth through its paces during a hot lap at Virginia International Raceway, as part of the Lightning Lap 2017 event.
The Fiat 124 Spider Abarth completed the hot lap in 3:16.9, which puts it 2.3-seconds behind the 2017 Honda Civic Si, 2.8-seconds ahead of the 2017 Subaru BRZ with the Performance Package, and a full 3.9-seconds ahead of its platform-mate, the 2016 MX-5 Miata Club. This should put more focus on drivers appreciating the 124 Spider Abarth for what it is, which is to say, that it performs far better than it gets credit for.
Go ahead and hit click play on the video above to see footage of the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth hot lap for yourself.