Let’s admit that the predecessors of the 124 Spider made a significant impact in the minds of sports car enthusiasts. And the latest 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth matches up to that league. The gunmetal finish on the sides of the mirrors and roll bar along with the dark-coloured lower grille opening gives the 124 Spider a rather macho demeanor.
When the exterior is so magnificent, the interiors cannot be far behind. The padded door panels and faux suede covered car seats look fabulous. The car is available in both manual and automatic models. The 124 Spider is equipped with the six-speed manual transmission and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. The Fiat car is made by Mazda in Japan and maybe it would be great if Aurelio Lampredi could be part of its making too. The 164 horsepower of the car and 2,490 lb curb weight ensure that it’s the perfect combination for a smooth ride.
But do you know the one thing they shouldn’t have done? Make the iconic scorpion badges so big that they seem fictitious! The badges are placed on both the trunk lid and nose. Abarth stands for the subtle style; I wonder why they thought of doing this in the first place.
The car starts at $29,190 while the automatic transmission model is priced at $37,870.
The chassis is designed to give drivers complete control without putting in a lot of effort.
Did you know that the 124’s aggressive front bumper has been significantly redesigned to accommodate larger air intakes? I think that’s a damn clever move to make. Abarth has also ensured that the engine is highly strung and has much more gusto that the original.
So all in all, though the original is brilliant, Abarth has made some significantly great changes to the car. But they aren’t all great, so you need to weigh the pros and cons before choosing the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth.