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Word surfaced today that the 124 Spider and its Abarth counterpart will differ far more then was initially thought.

We always knew that FCA had plans for a hotter 124 Spider, what we didn't know was the scope. Thanks to Autocar how different the two will be is becoming clearer.

Foregoing the traditional Abarth facelifts, the hot 124 will actually gain its own distinct skin offering two totally different looks. Also of note Autocar reports that there will be no traces of the 500 design language in the new roadsters. The 124 will ape the original much like the current 500 takes its cues from the original.

The Abrath will also not make use of Alfa Romeos 1.75L 4 cylinder, FCA feels this engine should be distinct to Alfa. Instead Abarth is likely to bore and stroke the motor, perhaps to 2.0L.

Look for debuts later this year in LA.
 

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That design actually looks good and seems quite doable working off of the Miata's platform without trying to complicate things too much. First time seeing it.
 

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what I don't understand is how they intend to give them both different sheet metal if theres really only one classic for it to take cues from...maybe the Abarth is hardtop exclusive??? mmmm
 

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What I gathered is that the Abarth will have two different exteriors. That sounds a bit odd to me or am I reading this wrong?
 

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yea two different exteriors, but their both going to be representative of the classic 124... which confuses me ahaha because it only ever really looked one way... unless the abarth will be rally inspired awd or something...
 

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It just won't be anything too crazy from what i'm guessing, probably just different front ends, but simple enough that if a base 124 owner was to get a whole abarth front end... it could be bolted on in a hour or 2 at most.
 
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