Does A Carbon Hardtop Change The Way You Look At The Abarth 124 Spider?

Fiat brought a couple of special editions at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, including the Abarth 124 GT.

The main highlight of the new version of Mazda Miata’s Italian sibling is of course that hardtop; it’s entirely made out of carbon fiber which makes it extremely light at 16kg and despite having a lined ceiling and a rear window with a defroster.

Abarth claims it also improves the overall torsional rigidity of the 124, as well as providing better visibility. Installation is claimed to be easy, while the soft-top is retained.

The new Abarth 124 GT also features a special Alpi Orientali Grey exterior paint finish, with customers able to opt for a matte black bonnet. A set of lighter 17-inch OZ alloys, along with gunmetal mirror caps, front spoiler, and an optional carbon fiber rear wing complete the exterior differences.

The new special Abarth 124 GT is powered by the Euro-spec turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 170hp and 184lb-ft (250Nm) of peak torque. A dual-mode Record Monza exhaust is fitted as standard. 0-62mph (100km/h) is dealt in 6.8 seconds.

Customers will be able to choose the Abarth 124 GT with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, while that carbon fiber hardtop is also part of the options list.

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Image Credits: Guido ten Brink / SB-Medien, NP

  • lagunas3ca

    Is it worth more than the car?

    • paulgdeaton

      I wondered, too… how much does it cost? And why was that information not in the article?

    • SteersUright

      That much carbon from the factory can’t be less than $4k I’d imagine.

  • Six_Tymes

    looks great!. I really dislike the nav screen. I wish mazda would do away with that design

  • LWOAP

    Nice hard top I wouldn’t pick this over a Miata RF.

  • Dr Strangefinger

    If I never see another CF part/piece/component/stick-on again, it will still be way too soon.

  • CAN’T SAY IT CHANGES THE WAY I LOOK AT IT BUT IT’S A NICE ADDITION.

  • Bo Hanan

    “Carbon Hardtop Change The Way You Look At The Abarth 124 Spider?”
    NO! Bigger engine? YES!

  • Bash

    Looks special, but even if I can afford it, if I’m in the market for this car, I wouldn’t opt for it. And btw, why didn’t dodge thought of this! It would be great for the challenger.

  • SteersUright

    It certainly looks cooler, but without some serious chassis work and a better engine, this is always going to be nothing more than a fun back road toy and never a real sports car. Thankfully, it doesn’t look like its that hard to do some aftermarket tweaking to make this and the Miata incredibly capable.

  • Merc1

    Why doesn’t this car have 250hp? I mean it’s the Italian version of the underpowered Mazda Miata so where is the lusty engine?

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  • Vassilis

    It definitely looks better.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    It make me like it more. Even though i still like the Miata RF more, just with more ponies.

  • The roof is nice addition, but no info on the pricing yet? it’s already quite pricey car.

  • Major Lee Gassole

    “Does A Carbon Hardtop Change The Way You Look At The Abarth 124 Spider?” Yup… it’s a much more expensive version of a car I would never consider buying in the first place.

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