The Abarth-tuned Fiata goes on sale this summer in U.K. with 170 hp on tap.
Introduced in March at the Geneva Motor Show, the Abarth 124 Spider is an Italian take on Mazda’s MX-5 Miata and aims to offer “outstanding value for money” for those in the market for a potent two-seater roadster. You’ll be happy to hear Abarth will sell the car with both a six-speed manual gearbox and an automatic transmission fitted with steering wheel-mounted paddle shift.
Its heart and soul is a turbocharged 1.4-liter gasoline engine pushing out 170 horsepower (127 kilowatts) and 185 pound-feet (250 newton meters) of torque. That’s enough muscle to enable the Abarth 124 Spider run from 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in a respectable 6.8 seconds and max out at 143 mph (230 kph).
U.K. buyers will get to pick from five body colors which represent a throwback to the original model launched in 1972. These include Turini 1975 White, Costa Brava 1972 Red, metallic Isola d'Elba 1974 Blue, Portogallo 1974 Grey, and San Marino 1972 Black. All cars come equipped as standard with plenty of kit, including cruise control, seven-inch infotainment system, climate control, as well as adjustable and electronically-folding mirrors.
The standard audio setup has only four speakers, so you might want to pay extra and upgrade to the Bose setup which has nine speakers and a subwoofer for extra bass. Also available as additional equipment is the satellite navigation system to make sure you’ll never get lost.
The manual-equipped Abarth 124 Spider will set you back £29,565 OTR while the model fitted with the optional automatic Sequenziale Sportivo gearbox is going to start at £31,605 OTR. You won’t have to pay extra for the Record Monza exhaust since it comes as standard and aims to deliver a “unique growl.”
UK PRICES ANNOUNCED FOR THE NEW ABARTH 124 SPIDER
Pricing and specification for the all-new Abarth 124 spider have been announced by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles UK, ahead of the stunning new car’s arrival here this summer.
And with a starting price of £29,565 OTR for the 1.4 TJet 170hp Manual, the new two-seater roadster represents outstanding value for money.
The new Abarth 124 spider marks the return of the ‘spider’ badge, and is the natural heir of the original model launched in 1972. The 2016 car incorporates performance, technology and iconic Italian style as the key factors of a very successful line-up.
Equipped with a powerful four-cylinder 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo engine, the new spider delivers 170 hp and 250 Nm of torque. With a top speed of 143 mph the car can go from 0 to 62mph in 6.8 seconds. Furthermore, as the sound of the engine really matters in an Abarth, the Record Monza exhaust comes as standard, generating a unique growl.
The spider is available with a six-speed manual or the automatic Sequenziale Sportivo gearbox. The manual is characterised by quick and accurate shifting with a short-throw, direct lever, while the Sequenziale Sportivo gearbox, with steering wheel-mounted paddle shift, exploits all of the engine’s torque.
Each car is tested and certified by an Abarth technician who applies a metal plaque showing the sequential number of each car to certify the exclusiveness of the Abarth 124 spider: it’s a unique number for a unique customer.
Full pricing for the new Abarth 124 spider is as follows:
- 124 spider 1.4 TJet 170hp Manual £29,565
- 124 spider 1.4 TJet 170hp Automatic £31,605
Five body colours are available, emphasising sport and heritage: special solid "Turini 1975 White” and "Costa Brava 1972 Red", metallic "Isola d'Elba 1974 Blue", "Portogallo 1974 Grey" and "San Marino 1972 Black".
The new Abarth 124 spider has a three-gauge instrument binnacle featuring a large central rev counter, a speedometer on the right and a data display on the left allowing the driver to monitor all key driving information at a glance.
Standard equipment includes climate control system, cruise control, adjustable, electrically-folding door mirrors, and an infotainment system with ergonomic, selector dial on the centre console. The system features a 7-inch colour display, DAB digital tuner, MP3 player, two USB ports, AUX input, and Bluetooth connectivity.
There is also a stereo with four speakers while, for superior sound quality, a Bose premium sound system with nine speakers, including dual headrest speakers on both seats and a subwoofer, is available as an option. A satellite navigation system is also optional.
“The 124 spider is a new car and a new chapter in the exciting Abarth story,” says Gerry Southerington, Abarth brand manager. “It’s what many of our existing customers have been waiting for, and I am confident we will now welcome a new group of owners into the Abarth family. Great looks, stunning performance and unique equipment will set the 124 spider apart from other roadsters and I am excited about this car’s UK launch.”