If you were skeptical about the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth after seeing it last month at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, you can rest easy as FCA has officially announced that the rad roadster will be hitting our shores.
Fiat also overcomplicated the name of this aggressive roadster, officially calling it the Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth. I think we’ll forgive you if you just call it the “Fiat 124 Abarth.”
Although the Elaborazione Abarth uses the same 160-hp, 184 lb-ft of torque, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder as the regular 124 Spider, this hotter model will feature an updated quad-tipped exhaust system that will likely sound as raunchy as the Fiat 500 Abarth. Unlike the regular 124 Spider, the Elaborazione Abarth features a Sport mode that will changes the way the engine, automatic transmission, electric power steering and dynamic stability control behave in order to provide a more performance-oriented driving experience.
The Elaborazione Abarth also uses mono-tube Bilstein front and rear shocks that should help enhance handling and performance. Fiat will also offer Brembo brakes with four-piston monoblock aluminum calipers.
The Elaborazione Abarth will also feature a more aggressive design with unique front and rear fascias and black side-sills. There’s also Gun Metal Aluminum wheels, header, mirror cover and roll bar. The interior features sporty red stitching thoughout, a matte black instrument panel bezel, sporty aluminum pedals and a unique gear shift knob that helps differentiate Elaborazione Abarth models from regular 124 Spiders.
With the 124 Spider hitting dealers later this year, we still haven’t heard the release details of the Elaborazione Abarth model yet. Stay tuned to our 2016 New York Auto Show for more details.
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