At last, the real Fiat is arriving in the U.S. this summer. With no disrespect intended to those that have preceded it, we are speaking of the new Fiat 124 Spider roadster being introduced at the New York International Auto Show this week.
For many, across several generations, a real Fiat was the Spider and now we will have it. Appropriately named the Spider Elaborazione Abarth – this latest Fiat 124 carries on the legacy of Karl Abarth’s performance inspired vehicles that have delighted drivers with their sharp styling, wicked performance and fun driving experience from years past.
The new 2017 Fiat 124 Elaborazione Abarth, says Fiat, is the heir of the roadster that drove Fiat to its first European Rally Championship win in the 1970s. Using the legendary Abarth formula, the new 124 Spider is designed and built for thrills and performance. Key Abarth features include rear-wheel drive, a sophisticated suspension and a four-cylinder turbocharged MultiAir 1.4 Turbo engine with best-in-class 160 horsepower that is available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shift.
“Our new Fiat 124 Spider is an iconic roadster that combines classic Italian styling with modern performance and technology,” said Olivier Francois, Head of FIAT Brand, FCA – Global. “The addition of our new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth further enhances the driving experience and offers yet another head-turning, fun-to-drive vehicle to our customers.”
Elaborazione Abarth Performance
The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth features the proven turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine, delivering 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque and is paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Power train performance is optimized through the Elaborazione Abarth-exclusive Sport Mode that changes 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.
According to Fiat, the performance where the rubber meets the road is enhanced by a mechanical limited slip differential, featuring a low torque bias ratio that provides better traction and handling, as well as improved launch performance and power delivery during cornering. The Elaborazione Abarth features a unique sport suspension includes mono-tube Bilstein front and rear shock absorbers for increased traction and more precise handling. Ant the available Brembo braking system with 17-inch alloy wheels offers monoblock aluminum calipers with four pistons, providing for improved braking.
Aggressive Spider Appearance
The streamlined silhouette and long bonnet of the Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth Fiat calls aggressive. We think the body shape, highlighted by the stretched bonnet – when coupled with a unique front and rear fascia, black side sills, 17-inch Gun Metal aluminum wheels and a sport-tuned, chrome quad-tip exhaust with a unique exhaust sound – is just plain hot.
Add in the Gun Metal header, mirror cover and roll bar to complement five available paint colors: Bianco Gelato (White Clear Coat), Rosso Passione (Red Clear Coat), Nero Cinema (Jet Black Metallic), Grigio Argento (Gray Metallic) and tri-coat Bianco Perla (Crystal White Pearl) – we call that Italian hot.
The hot continues on the inside with famous Scorpion badge performance-oriented details like the Rosso (red) stitching throughout, including on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, wrapped instrument cluster hood, lower instrument panel and parking brake. The matte black instrument panel bezel, unique instrument cluster, aluminum-accented sport pedals and unique gear shift knob add to the identification that makes it unique, a Elaborazione Abarth model.
Completing the interior are distinctive Nero (black) leather/microfiber standard seating with leather seats in Nero (black) or Nero/Rosso (black/red) available. And, for true performance enthusiasts, leather and Alcantara Recaro seats are also available in Nero (black).
2017 Fiat 124 Spider Lineup
The all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider brings a storied nameplate with its classic Italian styling and performance to a new generation in the U.S. this summer in an introductory limited edition model and two regular production trim levels.
Prima Edizione Lusso Limited Edition – To introduce the new generation 124 Spider, Fiat will produce just 124 units of a limited edition in a unique color combination featuring an Azzurro Italia (dynamic blue mica) exterior and premium Saddle leather seating. Each will have commemorative numbered badging and Purchasers of the Prima Edizione Lusso also receive limited-edition items, including wearables and a poster.
Classica Elaborazione Abarth – Will be the base Fiat 124 Spider trim level and features 16-inch wheels, cloth seating and the Fiat 3.0 connect system.
Lusso Elaborazoni Abarth – Taking it up a notch will be the luxury level Fiat 124 Lusso with upgrades that include 17-inch wheels, leather seating, dual zone air-conditioning, automatic headlamps, fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, ParkView rear camera, and the Fiat 7.0 connect system.
Pricing and related details will be made available closer to launch.