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