Under the bonnet the Abarth 124 Spider will run a 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 125kW at 5500rpm and 250Nm of torque at 2500rpm, paired with a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. Keen-eyed readers will notice this is different to the engine in either the Mazda MX-5 2.0L or 1.5L models (the Abarth 124 Spider is a virtual twin-under-the-skin) and is more powerful than both those cars.
The Abarth 124 Spider will get a Sport Mode which allows drivers to tweak the automatic transmission shift pattern, the weight of the electric power steering and loosen up the stability control “to ensure a sporty, responsive and performance-oriented drive experience”.
The Abarth version of the 124 Spider will arrive in Australian dealerships next month and FCA Australia has this evening given us some more details on the new offering.
But, at this stage, Australian pricing details for the Abarth 124 Spider are still yet to be confirmed.
Fiat will be offering customers an optional dual-mode Monza sports exhaust providing two separate engine notes, although, even without the option the 124 comes with a sports exhaust as standard.
Prices are yet to be announced but as mentioned it will go on sale officially next month, on October 7 to be precise.