As we reported in June, the Abarth Spider for Australia will be powered by a 1.4-litre MultiAir engine rated at 125kW and 250Nm. Given the sports car’s weight of just 1060kg, that engine output results in a power-to-weight-ratio of 6.2kg/HP, which FCA claims is best in class – and that includes for the donor car, the Mazda MX-5. With that going for it, the 124 Spider will reach 100km/h from a standing start in 6.8 seconds.
Buyers can order the Abarth 124 Spider with either manual or automatic transmission – both six-speed units. The automatic comes with shift paddles. A sport mode setting recalibrates engine, automatic transmission, electric power steering and dynamic stability control system to a sportier mode, on the fly.
Gone is the six-speed manual transmission, and in its place is a race-ready seven-speed sequential gearbox. And from the sounds of it, there seems to be an anti-lag system in place to help keep that turbo spooled at all times.
When that debut will be is unclear for now though. Given there are only a couple of rounds left for the 2016 season, a competitive appearance this year seems unlikely. But a factory-backed 2017 season effort? In the Kappa livery? That sounds like something to look forward to!