Already dubbed the Fiata, due to the relationship it shares with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the 124 Spider can be had in Europe in a sporty version declined by the high-performance Abarth brand.
Now the Abarth 124 Spider has been revealed to go on sale this summer in the United Kingdom, where pricing is set to start from £29,565 OTR. First revealed back in March during the Geneva Motor Show, the Abarth 124 Spider does have the sporty trump card over both the regular 124 Spider and the Japanese relative, but still aims to deliver “outstanding value for money” for buyers looking for a sporty two-seater roadster. Abarth is catering both to purists and those who buy such models exclusively for leisure purposes, because there’s a choice between the six-speed manual gearbox and an automatic transmission complete with steering wheel-mounted paddle shift.
At the heart of the vehicle – meaning under the hood – lies a turbocharged 1.4-liter petrol engine delivering 170 horsepower (127 kilowatts) and 185 pound-feet (250 Newton meters) of torque. This will allow the Abarth 124 Spider to jump to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a good 6.8 seconds and then top out at 143 mph (230 km/h). UK owners may choose between five retro-styled body nuances that hearken back to the original from 1972. We have Turini 1975 White, Costa Brava 1972 Red, metallic Isola d’Elba 1974 Blue, Portogallo 1974 Grey, and San Marino 1972 Black. All models will get lots of amenities, including cruise control, seven-inch infotainment system, climate control, an optional Bose sound system or optional satellite navigation. The £29,565 OTR price is for the manual option, while the automatic will go from £31,605 OTR.