One of our favorite Fiat’s is the Abarth line, from the Cinquecento to the 124 Spider, the sound of the exhaust gurgle and the feel of the G-Force as you carve those backcountry roads, as we did this spring at an auto journalist drive, and later this summer at FCA’s event held at the FCA Chelsea Proving Grounds in Michigan.
Fiat celebrates their 120th anniversary this year (talk about classic Italian heritage) and the Abarth performance line celebrates seventy. While the Ciqucento is a blast to drive, and sadly it is being discontinued, the 124 Spider is a contender, and the most affordable roadster in its class with a class-exclusive four-cylinder turbocharged engine, best-in-class highway fell economy and cargo room and quad exhaust tips. The Spider is available in three models – Classica, Lusso, and Abarth.
What’s New Abarth, You Ask?
Today, September 18, 2019, to celebrate those seventy scorpion Abarth years, Fiat has announced an all-new “Scorpion Sting” Appearance Group will be available on the performance-oriented 124 Spider Abarth providing an unmistakable looking Fiat Abarth Spider.
The Scorpion Sting is a $395 appearance group available that includes the iconic Abarth Scorpion decal on the hood, side stripes in Rosso red, and if you might want to add some more sting to that Abarth, and you can do so with the Abarth Record Monza Exhaust, the Abarth Veleno Appearance Group, and the Classica Custom Center Stripe Design Options.
Why Scorpion and Abarth?
The Abarth scorpion badge is a historical nod to founder Karl Abarth, whose astrological sign was Scorpio, and represents a symbol of power and performance. And with this new package, sleek Rosso red side stripes featuring the iconic scorpion and run the length of the roadster’s body.
Other Options Now Available
- Record Monza Exhaust on Fiat 124 Spider Abarth models provide unmistakable Abarth growl for $995 MSRP
- Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Veleno Appearance Group features red exterior mirror caps, red lower fascia lip, and red front tow hook, Abarth-branded carpeted floor mats and a bright footrest for $495 MSRP
- Custom center-stripe design options, including “Double Rally Stripe” and “Retro Stripe,” available on 2019 model-year Fiat 124 Spider Classica for $295 MSRP
The Fiat 124 Spider is available now in FIAT studios and select Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Ram stores. Visit FIATusa.com to find a FIAT dealer near you.
Fiat 124 Spider
The Fiat 124 Spider revives the storied nameplate, bringing its classic Italian styling and performance to a new generation. Paying homage to the original 124 Spider more than 50 years after its introduction, the Fiat 124 Spider delivers the ultimate Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology, and safety combined with iconic Italian design.
“Every Fiat 124 Spider comes standard with turbocharged open-air fun,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The Scorpion Sting Appearance Group gives the roadster head-turning presence and yet another way to customize the fun-to-drive Fiat 124 Spider Abarth.”
Today’s 124 Spider
Yes, we know it is often referred to as a Fiata! And that is just fine, because Mazda’s MX5 is one darn fantastic little car, and always has been. The Fiat 124 Spider, designed in Centro Stile in Turin, Italy, borrows cues from the original Spider – widely considered one of Fiat’s most beautiful cars of all time – and reinterprets them for today. The 124 Spider has a timeless low-slung presence, with a classically beautiful bodyside, well-balanced proportions, and a sporty cabin-to-hood ratio.
The roadster comes standard with the proven 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine, the engine’s first application in a rear-wheel-drive vehicle. The engine delivers 164 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque on Abarth and is available with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 124 Spider’s suspension uses a double-wishbone layout in front and a multi-link in the rear, specifically tuned for greater stability while braking and turning. Steering is light and responsive with the use of an electric power-assist (dual pinion) system. NVH enhancements, including an acoustic front windshield and insulation treatments, help deliver a refined, quiet ride.
The 124 Spider is available with an array of safety and security features, including full LED adaptive front headlamps, Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, and a ParkView rear backup camera. Technology and convenience features include Keyless Enter ‘n Go, Bluetooth connectivity, heated seats, available Bose premium nine-speaker audio system and FIAT Connect 7.0 with a 7-inch touchscreen display.
124 Spider Trim Levels
- Fiat 124 Spider Classica
Starting at $25,390 MSRP, the Classica model features a dual-tip exhaust, black roll-bar finish, body-color header, side sills and door handles. The roadster also comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, Nero (black) premium cloth seats, halogen headlamps and LED taillamps. Inside, soft-touch materials on the instrument panel are highlighted with light silver accents. Not visible are eight points to reduce Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH), including insulation in the instrument panel, center tunnel, convertible top and rear trunk, to name a few.
- Fiat 124 Spider Lusso
Starting at $28,145 MSRP, the Lusso (“Luxury”) model builds on the Classica with 17-inch alloy wheels, silver-painted A-pillar header and roll-bar cover, and dual-tip chrome exhaust. The interior features heated premium leather seats in Nero (black) or Saddle and a leatherette-wrapped cluster brow. The lower instrument panel also is wrapped in leatherette, with Piano Black accents throughout.
- Fiat 124 Spider Abarth
Starting under $30,000, the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth offers even sportier, responsive driving experience for performance enthusiasts with 164 horsepower. Features include a front and rear Bilstein sport suspension, mechanical limited-slip differential, front strut tower bar, Sport Mode selector, and sport-tuned chrome quad-tip exhaust with the world-renowned Abarth sound. Its aggressive appearance comes complete with unique front and rear fascia, 17-inch Gun Metal aluminum wheels, Gun Metal exterior accents, and an available hand-painted hood stripe, offering a one-of-a-kind appearance. Other available features include a Brembo braking system and Recaro seats for added sportiness.
Fiat 124 Spider is available now in FIAT studios and select Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Ram stores. Visit FIATusa.com to find a FIAT dealer near you
Photos from our own camera and that of Fiat USA’s Press Site.