Roadster fans have plenty to cheer about this month following Abarth's announcement that it will produce a souped-up version of Fiat's new two-seater convertible. The Abarth 124 Spider was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show and according to the manufacturer, will offer more performance, sportier looks and even better handling.
The vehicle has been developed with input from the Abarth Racing Team and as a result is focused on delivering excitement and thrills by the bucketload. According to the firm, this is the car that "will bring back the smile on the driver's face".
Just like the standard version of the 124 Spider, Abarth's convertible is powered by a 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo engine. However, by boosting the model's horsepower and torque to 170bhp and 250Nm respectively, it will rocket from 0-62mph in just 6.8 seconds, almost a second quicker than the Fiat. A six-speed, short-throw manual transmission, or an automatic shift with steering wheel paddles, ensures smooth acceleration as the roadster reaches for its top speed of 143mph. Automatic versions will also come fitted with a sport driving mode selector for extra performance thanks to even faster shifting. The trademark growl of an Abarth comes courtesy of a Record Monza exhaust.
The new Fiat 124 Spider has been designed to provide thrills aplenty, yet the Abarth version will take things to the next level due to the addition of sports mechanical limited-slip differential as standard. Nimble handling is guaranteed thanks to perfect 50/50 weight distribution, the use of a dual pinion electric power assist system, and a double-wishbone/five-link suspension setup at the front and rear of the car.
The drive is improved further through the use of Abarth by Bilstein dampers and stiffened anti-roll bars. The Spider's Brembo braking system with aluminium front callipers ensures maximum stopping power when it's needed most.
A long bonnet, 17-inch alloys and a larger air intake all help to ensure this convertible has considerable road presence. However, buyers who want an even more purposeful look can opt for a two-tone colour scheme featuring a sleek matt black bonnet and boot lid, plus a Racing Alcantara Kit interior.
The new Abarth 124 Spider is set to arrive at Thames Motor Group's showrooms in Slough and Tunbridge Wells this autumn, so be sure to contact a member of the team for more information.