Abarth has introduced today in Geneva its hotter version of the Fiat 124 Spider along with a rally specification.

Abarth has introduced today in Geneva its hotter version of the Fiat 124 Spider along with a rally specification.

Italy’s version of the latest Mazda MX-5 Miata has received the Abarth treatment which brings a sportier exterior appearance backed by a more powerful heart and all wrapped in a lightweight package. The performance roadster comes with a two-tone black and white paint contrasted by the red accents noticeable on the side mirror caps, brake calipers, and on the front bumper.

It wears a slightly more aggressive body kit with beefier bumpers, more pronounced side skirts, and a more imposing rear end with quad exhaust tips and additional vents. The larger 17-inch wheels contribute to make the 124 Spider look meaner and come paired with Brembo brakes featuring front aluminum calipers.

Power comes from a turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir gasoline engine developing 170 hp and 250 Nm of torque. It helps the Abarth 124 Spider go from 0 to 62 miles (100 kilometers) per hour in 6.8 seconds and top out at 143 mph (230 kph.) Output is channeled to the road through either a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional sequential transmission with paddles installed behind the steering wheel.

It comes as standard with a “Record Monza” exhaust system providing a “beautiful growling sound” and also has a mechanical limited-slip differential. Add into the mix an extremely low weight of just 2,337 pounds (1,060 kg) and you get a nimble roadster that should be a joy to drive.

The Abarth 124 Spider is scheduled to go on sale in September and will carry a starting price of €40,000 in Europe.

Besides unveiling the road-going version, Abarth is also providing a first glimpse of a rally version, but we will have to wait a bit for details.

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