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We Hear: Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Joining Standard Roadster

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/21/2015 Jason Udy

The Fiat 124 Spider, which is based on the same chassis as the new fourth-generation ND 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, will be getting a high-performance Abarth version, according to a report from Autocar.

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While the base Fiat 124 Spider is expected to use a version of Fiat's turbocharged 1.4-liter Multiair I-4 tuned to 130-150 hp, the Abarth version could use a version of that engine making 180-190 hp. Another possibility is the turbocharged 1.8-liter “1750” four-cylinder from the Alfa Romeo 4C. That engine makes 237 hp in the 4C. Transmission options could include a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, or a six-speed dual-clutch.

We Hear: Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Joining Standard Roadster

Fiat 124 Spider Prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Fiat 124 Spider Prototype Although based on the new Miata, the upcoming Fiat 124 will have a unique body and styling including longer front and rear overhangs said to give it a more masculine look. Only the windshield and windshield header are expected to be shared with the Japanese roadster.

FCA could also build a modern version of the Abarth 124 Rally, which was built to celebrate the 1972 win at the European Rally Championship. That model featured a matte black hood with air scoops, four front-mounted spotlights, and large fender flares.

With the new Fiat 124 Spider expected to arrive next spring, the production car could debut at the Frankfurt auto show in September or the Los Angeles auto show in November. A U.S. debut would make sense considering roughly 75 percent of Fiat 124 Spider models built during its 19-year production run were sold in North America. The Fiat 124 Spider was sold in the U.S. from 1966 to 1982. The roadster was sold as a Pinifarina model in other markets until 1985. Approximately 200,000 cars were produced.

Source: Autocar

Fiat 124 Spider Prototype© Provided by MotorTrend Fiat 124 Spider Prototype
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