Abarth is introducing the latest tuned version of the Fiat 124 spider – the all-new 2017 Abarth 124 spider. This new roadster from Fiat’s performance brand features an undeniable Italian design and styling as well as top performance DNA and technical excellence.
Moreover, the new Abarth 124 spider boasts levels of technology and safety that roadster drivers would surely love. Staying true to Abarth’s performance genes, the new Abarth 124 spider features a superb mechanical layout.
For instance, the new Abarth 124 spider is provided with a long bonnet that highlights the significance of its 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine as well as its imposing nature.
Moreover, the new Abarth 124 spider features shorter overhangs to underscore its agility as well as a cabin that is now more proximate to the rear axle, thereby allowing the driver to have a better feel of the road.
Abarth’s strategy to make the 124 spider light entailed getting rid of all possible weight gram by gram. For instance, Abarth developed an active bonnet system to meet stiff passenger collision standards without marring the weight coefficient or balance of the 124 spider.
This active bonnet system employs sensors on the cross-member and two pyrotechnic loads in the engine compartment to detect potential danger. Once danger is detected, the system immediately deploys -- in a few milliseconds -- to secure a safety hole and minimize the collision against the bonnet.
Complementing the potency of the engine lurking inside the Abarth 124 spider is a suspension scheme that includes a high double-wishbone layout in front and a five-link set up in the rear. Moreover, the vehicle employs a dual pinion electric power assist system to render steering easier and more responsive.
Additionally, the 124 spider comes specified with the “Abarth by Bilstein” dampers and stiffened anti-roll bars for enhanced handling and improved driving comfort. Providing the stopping power, even in short distances, for the Abarth 124 spider is a Brembo braking system with aluminum front calipers.
Of course, the new Abarth 124 spider is laden with an array of innovative electronic devices and active safety features. However, drivers could disengage the electronic controls to pave way for a perfect mechanical balance and linear engine response.
In this setup, drivers would be able to feel like they are driving a real race car. Once finished, a 124 spider is tested and certified by an Officine Abarth technician, who then affixes a metal plate that shows the sequential number of each roadster, thereby certifying the exclusive nature of Abarth 124 spider.
Abarth will commence sales of the new 124 spider in September with a starting price of €40,000 in Europe.