Abarth 124 Spider Comes With 170 HP And An Attitude [New Pics]

If more grunt, heritage and “technical DNA” is what the recently-launched Fiat 124 spider needed, then the newly-unveiled Abarth variant is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Developed with input from the Abarth Racing Team, the car is said to exemplify the brand’s core values: performance, craftsmanship and technical excellence.

Conceived to be a perfectly tweaked sports roadster, the new Abarth 124 spider comes packed with lots of goodies, specifically implemented to provoke a wide grin to anyone sitting in the driver’s seat. And it’s not hard to believe, considering that it comes with a limited-slip differential as standard, a lightweight construction and a perfect weight distribution.

Weighing only 1,060 kg (2,336 lbs), evenly distributed front and rear for a perfect 50/50 split, the Abarth has a power-to-weight-ratio of 6.2 kg/HP, setting a new benchmark in the sporty roadster segment. Weight saving was an important factor while developing the car, as the engineers tried to shed every gram where possible to ensure a lightweight construction without damaging the balance of the car.

Nothing was left unaltered on the vehicle, and the new “Abarth by Bilstein” dampers, together with stiffened anti-roll bars and Brembo braking system with aluminum front calipers guarantees a dynamic setup.

Under the hood lies a four-cylinder 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo engine that delivers 170 HP (about 124 HP per liter) and 250 Nm of torque. Enough to push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.8 seconds and all the way to a 230 km/h (123 mph) top speed. To further enhance the car’s sporty character, Abarth added as standard the so called Record Monza exhaust, capable of chancing the four-pot’s note.

The Spider is available with a six-speed manual or the automatic Sequenziale Sportivo gearbox, the latter being carefully tuned to exploit all the engine’s torque and “convey genuine racing sensations”, as the company states. A sport mode is also available to boost the performance and response of the paddles behind the steering wheel.

An aggressive bodywork comes with the territory when wearing the Abarth badge. The redesigned front bumper with its large air intake. the rear bumper’s aerodynamic extractor, the rear spoiler and the wind stop were all shaped in the aerodynamic tunnel in order to improve the flow of air. The bonnet humps together with its blackened-out color are just some of the direct references to the original 124 Spider.


Lamborghini Huracan Evo Does The Quarter Mile… Faster Than You’d Think

The latest iteration of the baby Lambo is powered by a screaming 5.2-liter V10 with 631 HP – and boy does it go…

Never Get Lost In Nature Again With The Ranger Raptor’s Clever Sat-Nav

Compared by Ford themselves to breadcrumbs, the system places a virtual pin on the map every second.

Lamborghini Aventador S Art Car Salutes Monterey Car Week Attendees

This Lambo was treated as a canvas by 19-year old American street artist Skyler Grey .

Rivian R1S Buyers Will Be Able To Choose Between Three Roof Configurations

One of the options available on Rivian’s upcoming SUV will be a two-piece, removable composite roof .

2020 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Pounds The Tarmac On The Nordschleife

As with the 991.2-based model, the new GT3 Touring Package will be a 911 purist’s wet dream.

Original McQueen-Driven Mustang Bullitt To Be Auctioned In 2020

The current owner of what is probably the most famous Mustang ever inherited the car from his father.

Driven: 2019 Hyundai Kona Elite Is A Crossover You Might Actually Want

Behind its cute looks, the Kona is a crossover with lots of appealing features that won’t break the bank.

Drako GTE Is A 1200 HP Electric Hyper Sedan That Promises Supercar-Like Handling

Loosely based on the old Fisker Karma, it’s got a massive output, impressive tech and costs $1.25 million.

2019 BMW 330i Fights The Clock At The Hockenheim GP Track

For a four-pot-powered sports sedan, the new generation 330i performed remarkably well on the circuit.

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S: A Sexy Super Saloon For Those Who Want It All

The GT 63 S four-door combines aggressive looks, room for four and extreme performance, so if you can afford it…