It’s the magnificent Abarth 124 Spider!
We would forgive you for thinking that the Fiat 124 Spider is not much more than a rebodied MX-5, but one glance at this Abarth iteration and you should be completely sold. The gorgeous logos and classic colouring make us reminisce of times long gone back when Abarth stood for racing and rallying. While the looks alone have us won over, there’s much delightful news under the skin as well. The familiar 1.4l turbo MultiAir putting out 170hp lurks beneath the bonnet in the standard version, while the suspension has also been altered by the Abarth-wizards. While at it, they’ve fitted a limited slip-differential as well. There’s a choice between a manual and automatic transmission, both are six speeds. We certainly know which one we’d go for.
But there’s more. Much more. As with the Abarth 500, the 124 Spider also comes in 595 and 695 guises, beefing power up to 180 and 190hp respectively. The latter will do the classic sprint in a mere 5,9 seconds and go on to 230km/h (143mph), while the former stops at 225km/h (140mph) and has no official sprint time yet (and comes with a 5-speed manual for some unknown reason). The most powerful 695 Biposto Record comes with other delicious stuff as well; a titanium rear light rollbar, 18” wheels, ‘oversized’ Brembo brakes, Akrapovic exhaust, adjustable hydraulic dampers and a mechanical self-locking differential.
We’d be more than happy with all this, but Abarth has given us even more. An impressive rally-version producing 300hp, actually. You’ll find pictures below to drool over and a video underneath to fall completely in love with the Abarth 124 Spider. No word on pricing yet, but we expect the standard version and 595 Competizione to be relatively affordable. The 695 will be for those with deep pockets, just like on the Abarth 500.