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Fiat Unveils 124 Spider Abarth "Roadster Jewel" at Geneva Motor Show

Fiat Unveils 124 Spider Abarth "Roadster Jewel" at Geneva Motor Show

By Philly Murtha, March 02, 2016

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth performance 2-seater was a natural to debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The peppy roadster, which is based on Mazda’s MX-5 Miata platform, is designed for “thrills and performance” by the Italian automaker’s performance group with input from the Abarth racing team. The 2-seater is ready for circuit roads, Fiat says, and will be available in Europe in September at a starting price of 40,000 Euros ($43,338 at current exchange rates). No details have been revealed about whether it will reach U.S. shores.

The 124 Spider Abarth is equipped with a mechanical limited-slip differential to give the car traction in critical driving situations and is set up with stiff suspension, standard Brembo brakes, and Bilstein dampers for better handling and driving comfort. A throaty sound comes from a Record Monza exhaust.

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth photoThe European model is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that produces 170 horsepower with a top speed equivalent of 143 mph, and acceleration time of 0-60 mph in less than 6.8 seconds, according to Fiat. The new roadster is offered with a 6-speed manual or a “Sequenziale Sportivo” automatic transmission for sport driving.

Five exterior paint choices are available for the new roadster that rides on 17-in. alloy wheels and features headlights, a hexagonal grille, and hood curve reminiscent of the original 124 Spider. Leather seats and instrument controls including a large rev counter, small steering wheel, and short gear lever are standard. Advanced safety and infotainment systems are optional.

On a side note, Fiat also revealed in Geneva an Abarth 124 Rally concept to honor the car’s last official race: the 1976 Monte Carlo Rally.

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