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Fiat’s Abarth 124 Spider is Finally Here



Making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show alongside the Fiat 124 Spider convertible is the Abarth 124 Spider, a 170 horsepower beauty developed by the Abarth Racing Team.

Drawing inspiration from the Abarth 124 Spider of the 1970s, the design team painted the bonnet and bootlid in that iconic matte black which gave those dual hood blisters more depth. The alloys also received the same dark treatment as the bonnet and copious amounts of scorpion badges have been used on the body and interior, I managed to count only eight but you may spot a few that’s been missed.

Under that beautiful body is a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a six speed transmissions in both manual and automatic, supplying you with 170 horsepower and 184lb-ft of torque. With a top speed of 143 mph, it has an acceleration time 0-62 mph in 6.8 seconds. Fitted to the rear-wheel drive vehicle are upgraded dampers and stiffened sway bars created by by Bilstein for Abarth.

When it finally arrives in European showrooms, buyers will only be able to choose from five exclusive colors (Turini 1975 White, Costa Brava 1972 Red, Isola d'Elba 1974 Blue, Portogallo 1974 Grey, and San Marino 1972 Black) and an optional sat-nav. Everything else comes standard including Brembo brakes, a Record Monza exhaust system, active and passive safety devices, etc.

For those of you in Europe, you’ll be able to get your hands on one in September with prices starting at €40,000. After that, the Abarth 124 Spider should make its way to the US but under the Fiat 124 badge with an optional Abarth package. TheVerge estimates a 160 horsepower output for the American version but they could be wrong and you could get a more powerful version.

Which one will you choose? Fiat or Abarth?
 
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