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Italian flair with the Abarth 124 Spider

21.06.2016

We loved the latest Mazda MX-5 when we had it on test here at Autodealer a few months ago. Now Fiat has released a sporty version of their 124 Spider which is closely based on the impressive MX-5. Fiat however sent the car to Abarth, their in-house tuner for some extra Italian flair. So, what do you get when it comes to the Fiat Abarth124 Spider?

 We as far as styling goes the Italians are real professionals. The design of the 124 Spider was developed with a focus on performance: the large air intake on the front bumper and the rear aerodynamic extractor were fine-tuned in the wind tunnel, together with the rear spoiler and the windscreen for optimising air flows. The finish of the 17" alloy wheel rims, the windscreen surround and the roll bars are "Forgiato Grey", a colour picked to underline the bold, technical inclination of the car.

Two elements contrasting with the black grille are inserted in the bumper: a "Corsa Red" front spoiler and tow hook cap characterise the appearance of the front end and hint to the presence of the classic track day red tow hook. Red is also picked up on the rear-view mirror caps. These three elements are Titanio Grey for the red and blue paintwork combos. The original lines of the front end together with the front hexagonal grille contribute to reasserting the car's bold personality.

 

The bonnet humps suggest the longitudinal position of the engine: this is a direct reference to the original 124 spider. The exclusive LED headlights and rear lights add expressiveness to the car, both during the day and at night. An important detail is the rear light cluster inserts which have been finished in matching body colour which forma luminous ring-shaped surface. The rear end of 124 Spider is characterised by two elements: the swallow-tail section rear wings and the horizontal rear lights which pick up particular features of the car's predecessor. The shape of the rear bumpers with the upper surface jutting into the boot lid conveys a characteristic V-shape to the back of the car.

The Abarth DNA is confirmed also on the inside with an overall focus aimed at guaranteeing perfect ergonomics. Leather seats are supporting and very comfortable at the same time to keep the driver in the ideal position as low and retracted as possible to be able to perceive all side movements of the car.Comfort is guaranteed by standard heated seats and the excellent soundproofing afforded by the noise deadening windscreen, rear window and double-layer top. The latter is designed to be opened and closed with one hand from the driver's seat in a few seconds. Once folded behind the seats it does not occupy space in the boot.

Under the bonnet is a powerful, ultra-reliable 1.4 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with MultiAir technology. It delivers 130kW and 250 Nm of torque. The car has a top speed of 232km/h and goes from 0 to 100km/h in about 6.8 seconds. The engine sound is a fundamental element of all Abarth cars, and standard equipment includes the Record Monza exhaust with a dual mode system capable of modifying the path of the exhaust gas according to engine rpm and generating a satisfying, deep sound.

Read our take on this new model's Japanese cousin, the MX-5 here

Article written by Autodealer
21.06.2016
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