Ever since Fiat announced they will be making a new sports car in collaboration with Mazda and based on their MX-5, we were eagerly waiting to see the end result. At first this car was supposed to be an Alfa Romeo, then it became the new Fiat Spider, and after that we got this, the Abarth 124 Spider, which is the best of the lot.
Fiat’s performance brand revealed its take on the new Mazda-based roadster at the Geneva Motor Show a month ago, incorporating all manner of enhancements over the standard model. That includes a modest 10-horsepower boost over stock and a Record Monza exhaust. And as you can hear from this video, captured at a Ferrari event somewhere in Europe, it gives the new Scorpion roadster a real audible sting in its tail.
Unfortunately the version we get Stateside – revealed as the Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth at the New York Auto Show – lacks some its European counterpart’s enhancements, including those extra 10 cavalli. The car in this video is Euro-spec, and Road & Track reports the US model will be “more refined” though still capture the Abarth spirit.
FCAA head of product strategy and marketing, Zac Loo, told motoring.com.au: “From our perspective, speaking to the performance bent of Australian consumers, that’s what we’re going to go after. It [the Abarth 124 Spyder] speaks to exactly what you want in that type of product.