Ahead of the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland next month, Fiat has revealed the special-edition Abarth 124 GT – a mildly-upgraded version of the Abarth 124 Spider with a hard top made of lightweight carbon fiber. Under the hood, the Abarth’s familiar 168-horsepower, 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine remains, feeding torque through the same 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic as before, but through a new set of 17-inch OZ alloy wheels that shave about six-and-a-half pounds off the curb weight.
The Abarth 124 GT’s 35-pound carbon-fiber top has to be stowed separately whenever removed, unlike the folding roof in the Mazda Miata RF, but when latched into place, it’s purported to improve chassis rigidity by an unspecified amount. Its carbon-fiber construction is market-exclusive, according to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and it’s equipped with insulation, sound-deadening, and rear-window defroster.
Aesthetically, the new Abarth 124 GT gets a special Alpi Orientali Grey paint hue; “Alpi Orientali” means “Eastern Alps” in Italian, and the new shade looks appropriately wintry and upscale. A matte black hood finish will be available, along with a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, and wing mirror caps finished in a choice of gunmetal gray, carbon-fiber, or red.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles hasn’t revealed anything about pricing yet for the new Abarth 124 GT, nor has it said whether the new special-edition model will be available in the US. We Americans can always hope.