Fiat recently debuted the U.S. spec Abarth-tuned version of the 124 Spider at the New York Auto Show and it’ll come with an unnecessarily complicated name.
Officially called the Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth, it will have the same turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine as the Euro Spec Abarth Spider but tuned to produce only 160 hp and 184 lb.-ft of torque. Unfortunately, that puts it on the same power level as the standard 2017 U.S. spec 124 Spider which also has an output of 160 hp and 184 lb.-ft of torque.
The Europe Abarth model makes 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque from the same engine. Fiat spokesperson Angela Bianchi explained to Autoblog that “the engine of the EMEA [Europe, the Middle East and Africa] Abarth Spider has unique tuning developed according to European regulations, so the [horsepower] number is different."
Another difference are the Brembo brakes. In Europe the brakes come standard but across the pond, those brakes are optional and probably comes at an additional cost.
Other than those listed differences, the two models are identical. Both Europe and U.S. Abarth Spiders can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Suspension is the same with stiffer mono-tube Bilstein front and rear shocks and you’ll still get the Sport Mode button.
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth will be hitting showroom floors this summer and the pricing should be revealed closer to the sale date.