Just hours set us apart from the inception of the New York Auto Show and the last minute reveals continue – Fiat has recently introduced the 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth.
Because the Abarth brand is not essentially official on the US market we have here the essentially rebadged version of the European Abarth 124 Spider, a model that was called out by fans of the brand in North America. As such the 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth wears bespoke bumpers, black side skirts, and Gun Metal accents. The detailing includes a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system and 17-inch aluminum wheels with a Gun Metal finish. The sporty treatment is also apparent inside the cockpit where drivers are greeted by leather / microfiber seats, red contrast stitching, and a custom instrument cluster. We also noticed the leather-wrapped steering wheel, “aluminum-accented” pedals, and a bespoke shifter.
Under the hood sits the turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine that now churns out 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque – it may be linked to a standard six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Performance wise, the 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth is readily equipped with a limited slip differential and a sport suspension that uses Bilstein shock absorbers. There’s also a new Sport Mode which alters the “calibrations of the engine, automatic transmission, electric power steering, and dynamic stability control system to ensure a sporty, responsive and performance-oriented driving experience.” Optionally available is a Brembo braking system with four piston monoblock aluminum calipers.