The Abarth 124 Spider is a Mazda Miata that has joined the gym and is on some serious steroids. It has been tailored by the Italian Performance wing of FCA Group (Abarth) to provide ultimate performance standards, for nutheads like you and me. With a slim body, sexy looks, and smoothly cut edges, this 170HP (Euro-spec version) Rear-wheel drive drop-top is one gorgeous machine to watch out for, at the Geneva Motor Show.
The U.S-spec version of this car might feature an output of 200 HP. That’s something we’d love to wait for!
Engineered to break its own siblings’ timings (Fiat 124 Spider and Mazda Miata MX-5), this Abarth does that really well! With 170 HP and a record time of 6.8 seconds to hit the 100 kmph mark from standstill, it beats the MX-5’s figures of 155 HP and 7.3 seconds respectively. A tuned 1.4-litre ‘MultiAir II’ engine sits cautiously under the hood of the Abarth 124 Spider. It comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard equipment, but you also get an option of a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual mode, using steering-mounted paddle shifters. This mini-bonkers engine and transmission is bolted to a “Record Monza” quad-pipe exhaust, which sounds like a Thunder, straight from Heaven. The Abarth 124 gets a limited-slip differential, which is the best upgrade from the Fiat’s open rear differential. A 5-link stiffer suspension system with Bilstein dampers for the rear and a double wishbone for the front make a perfect combination to provide the driver with ultimate handling dynamics, enabling him/her to push it on the track and execute some badass cornering like its a piece of cake.
On the scales, this car displays a figure of 1060kg, highlighting the 50:50 weight distribution between the front and rear. One great thing about this Sorpion is that it has really impressive interiors too! The black interiors with sporty red highlights is an obvious indication of a “race-spec” version of the 124 Spider. The car has tons of Scorpion badges installed everywhere inside the whole cabin, reminding you that you just have to drop down a gear and push the pedal harder, if you want to be blown away within a few seconds! A 7.0 inch infotainment system with DAB, climate control and cruise control is present to soothe your nerves and the reversing camera is a cherry on the cake. Fiat plans to market the car as the Budget Italian sports car, and this description sure has a ring to it! An aggressive look has been imparted to the car by adding a carbon-fibre front splitter, side-skirts, multi-spoke Gray alloys and bright red Brembo Brake callipers.
Just beside this beauty, the Rally version of the Abarth 124 Spider has been placed to entice the hearts of the Rally racers. This car yields a monster figure of 300 BHP at 6500 rpm, making it illegal on the roads and has a very attractive multi-colour paint job. To see this beast in action, you have to wait for the 2017 Rally season, till then let’s make do with the street version!