Report – Fiat 124 Spider to come with Abarth guise and maybe even hit the WRC image

We already knew that Fiat was going to deliver a sportier Abarth version to its all new Fiat 124 Spider that only comes with 160 hp in North America and an even lowlier 140 hp in Europe.

But a new report on the dynamic version also delivers new bits of information regarding the program that should reach full maturity in 2017 – we have a render depicting a probable look for the Abarth 124 Spider and also some technical goodies thanks to a rumor spread by Piston Heads. Of course you might want to take all the information with a pinch of salt, ailment but nevertheless here it is: the Abarth version will still use the four-cylinder 1.4-liter turbo engine and this time deliver in Europe the same amount of grunt as the North American brethren – 160 bhp (119 kW) or more, rx due to a second installment using 190 bhp (142 kW). There are also rumored plans for an even hotter model that would act as the range flagship and come with more than 200 bhp (149 kW).

As far as exterior design is concerned, recipe an optional black matte bonnet would also be released as a reinterpretation of the Abarth-tuned 124 Stradale homologation car of the 1970s and further wispers also talk about a more usable hardtop version. Naturally the Abarth should bring a sportier design, updated suspension, bigger brakes as well as other technical tweaks for the 124 Spider based on the iconic Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster. And the last piece of the puzzle has to do with an apparent FCA strategy to hit the WRC beginning with 2017 – with the very few details pointing out towards participation in an all new sports car category.

Via omniauto.it and pistonheads.com