Car enthusiasts are in for a treat as the 2016 New York International Auto Show will be where the 2017 Fiat 124 Elaborazione Abarth will be making its official debut. This model is seen as the continuation of the legacy started by Karl Abarth when it came to performance-inspired vehicles with a rich racing heritage.
It was during the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, with the introduction of the Fiat 500 Abarth, wherein enthusiasts started to associate the DNA of Abarth with a vehicle that while sharp, is fun to drive in. The Fiat 124 Elaborazione Abarth is considered as a successor to the roadster that gave Fiat its first ever win at the European Rally Championship during the 1970s.
Utilizing the same method on the Abarth, the result is a 124 Spider that has been designed and made not just for performance but for excitement as well. It has some of Abarth’s features like the turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder MultiAir Turbo engine that can deliver 160 horsepower and that’s paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or the six-speed automatic transmission with the paddle shift. It even has the state-of-the-art suspension and the rear-wheel drive.
While the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth will be the newest member of the Fiat 124 Spider lineup, it will provide additional performance characteristics to give it that more spirited and sportier driving experience.
Fiat’s 124 Spider models have long been known to offer a strong rear-wheel drive package with exceptional power-to-weight ratio and responsive handling.
Spider Elaborazione Abarth however uses the engaging driving dynamics of the Spider to provide more fun especially for those who look for performance.
Head of FIAT Brand, FCA – Global Olivier Francois said that while the latest 124 Spider can be considered as an iconic roadster, it manages to blend modern technology and performance with a classic Italian style. The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider in particular boosts the driving experience in order to give customers a vehicle that is fun to drive and is a head turner as well.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider manages to revive this famous nameplate and introduces to the new generation its performance and classic Italian style. It also pays tribute to the first-ever 124 Spider that was launched almost 50 years ago.
With the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, drivers are sure to get that Italian roadster experience coupled with outstanding safety, driving excitement, and technology, capped off with a unique Italian design. The lineup of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider will also have the Classica and the Lusso models.
In honor of the return of this classic nameplate, the first 124 units manufactured will be offered as a Prima Edizione Lusso limited-edition. It will have the commemorative badge and the exclusive color combination. For those interested, the Fiat 124 Spider will be available at various FIAT studios across North American starting in the summer of 2016.