Abarth 124 Spider 2017 review

Abarth 124 Spider

An expensive proposition, yes, but the Abarth 124 Spider thrills and excites enough on UK roads to send its price to the back of your mind

Carlo Abarth might just be smiling up there somewhere. Marchionne almost certainly will be down here. After a long list of fairly forgettable cars wearing the sporting Abarth badge in recent years, along comes one that has the recipe for potential success: the Abarth 124 Spider. For starters, the Fiat 124 Spider’s 1.4-litre turbocharged four cylinder has been boosted by 30bhp and 7lb ft to a total of 168- and 184-, and making sure everybody knows it is a standard Record Monza sports exhaust. That’s the punch sorted, then, but what about the poise? Well, a rear-drive layout, 1060kg kerbweight distributed evenly, stiffened anti-roll bars and uniquely-tuned Abarth-Bilstein dampers should see to that.Rounding it all off nicely is a standard limited slip differential, bestowed upon the more powerful MX-5s (the car with which the 124 shares its platform) but reserved here for the full-fat Abarth. There is one small problem, though – the price. Even the most expensive 2.0 158bhp Sport Nav MX-5 costs just £23,695, while the Abarth starts at a rather more cumbersome £29,565. 

Source: Autocar Online

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