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Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

Based on the more tame Fiat 124, the Abarth 124 Spider is a roadster with extra driver appeal. Power comes from the same small turbocharged four cylinder engine as the standard Fiat but it is tuned for an extra 30 horsepower. In addition to the tuning it also gets a cocktail of uprated parts such as a limited-slip differential, Bilstein dampers, Brembo brakes and a burbling sports exhaust which add up to a fun, characterful car.

Launched to offer the best performance yet seen from the platform it also shares with the Mazda MX-5. The differences are great enough though that the two cars are quite different animals. The more torquey Abarth is easier to drive fast without the need to be revved hard. As an agile driver’s car the Abarth makes a good case and while the short-throw manual gearbox is a perfect tool for accessing the best of the MultiAir engine, the automated alternative is less stirring.

The interior gets a more sporting flavour, with plenty of leather and alcantara, as well as racing inspired touches such as a red band around the top point of the steering wheel. The stripped-back Scorpione trim level makes the Spider even more attractive with a focus on the driving experience.

The Abarth 124 Spider is all that you would hope to find in a modern interpretation of the classic roadster from one of motoring’s most estimed brands. Not as hard-edged as some might hope, but a great performing sports car with Italian passion that is useable every day.

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Details

Production dates2016-current
Length 4054 mm / 160 in
Width inc. mirrors 1740 mm / 69 in
Height 1233 mm / 49 in
Wheelbase 2310 mm / 91 in
Luggage capacity 140 litres / 4.94 cu ft
Fuel tank capacity 45 litres / 11.9 US gal
Warranty 3 years or 999999 miles
Service intervals 12 months / 9321 miles miles

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Abarth 124 Spider Turbo MultiAir Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1368 cc
Power 170@5500 bhp
Torque 250@2500 nm
Transmission type 6-speed manual / 6-speed auto
Kerb weight 1060 kg / 2337 lb
UK retail price from £26,920
UK insurance group 29E

Abarth 124 Spider Turbo MultiAir Performance

Max speed (manual) 144 mph / 232 kph
Max speed (auto) 142 mph / 229 kph
0-100kmph (manual) 6.8 seconds
0-100kmph (auto) 6.9 seconds

Abarth 124 Spider Turbo MultiAir Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 44.1 mpg
EU combined MPG (auto) 42.8 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 148 g/km
CO2 emissions (auto) 153 g/km

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