With its performance and technical DNA, the new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth aims to sweep off a new generation of enthusiasts off their feet. The newest of the Fiat 124 model lineup for the New Year combines an authentic roadster experience packed with a touch of unmistakable Italian design, and high levels of safety, technology, and thrills. This review covers everything you need to know about the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth 2017, including its release date, price, exterior and interior modifications, and specifications for the engine.
The new model is an embodiment of the leading values of the brand: technical experience, artisan craft, and performance. The result is a vehicle that offers all the fun and thrills of a real spider, and it’ll definitely put a smile on the lucky ones who finally get a chance to drive it even for a test drive.
As standard equipment, the new model comes with the mechanical self-locking differential that offers outstanding dynamic performance. Optimal agility and superior driving feel are achieved by the engine installation behind the front axle and the weight concentration between the axles. With just a curb weight of around 1060 kg and extensive use if special materials and sophisticated mechanics, Fiat was able to achieve a best-in-class 6.2kg/HP weight-to-power ratio. This, additionally, helps the vehicle achieve excellent agility and feedback.
On the front of the 124 Spider is a high double wishbone, and a five-arm multi-link at the aft. This suspension setup is calibrated specifically for braking compression and increase in stability. Again, a power steering with a specific sports calibration helps optimize steering feedback.
Beneath the hood of the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth is a brawny, ultra-reliable four-cylinder 1.4L turbocharged powertrain that delivers a decent 170 hp and 184 lbs. ft. of torque. Relative to the Euro-spec model, the U.S spec model gets a 22 horsepower and 7 lbs. ft. of torque improvement over the outgoing model. With all this energy pumped into its veins, the 124 Spider gets from 0-62 mph in 6.8 seconds and goes on to hit a top speed of 143 mph (230km/h). A choice of either an automatic Sequenziale Sportivo or a six-speed manual are available for buyers.
Well, Abarth cars are known for their distinct sound, and as such, the new model is able to generate a satisfying, deep sound thanks to the available Record Monza exhaust system that alters the exhaust gas depending at the speed at which the engine is revving. Even in the most engaging of situations, the 124 Spider comes equipped with all the necessary qualities to offer even to the most difficult-to-please drivers. For a peerless dynamic performance, and for drive and traction security it comes with a standard mechanical self-locking differential.
The available competition includes the Porsche 718 Boxster that is both faster and more powerful. It comes with a 2.0L flat-4 turbocharged engine that provides 300 horsepower, which enables it zoom from 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 170 mph. you’ll however be set back by an MSRP that sets you back by a premium $56,000. Another potential rival is the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Release Date & Price
The release date, as things stand, should be expected sometime in the spring of 2017. As for the prices, Fiat says the Abarth will go for sale for an MSRP starting from $28,195 – a premium price over the base cabriolet that retails $3,200 less. The sticker price aforementioned includes the delivery fee in the USA. Opting however for the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth with the six-speed automatic will balloon the sticker to $29,545.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Exterior
Similar to the Fiat Abarth 500, the 124 Spider Abarth receives a myriad of body upgrades, aerodynamic enhancements, and sale styling as the regular roadster. Some of the exterior features include black plastic surrounds beneath the daytime running lights, a new honeycomb mesh grille, 17-inch multi-spoke lightweight wheels, sportier vent pieces, and a whopping five body colors.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Interior
Fiat decided to take a minimalist approach when it comes to the interior of the 124 Spider Abarth. Vs. the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Abarth is more upscale and refined thanks to the leather plastering, revised door panels, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
When it comes to safety, Fiat offered the new model with a host of many active and passive features. Standard systems include ESC, EBD, ABS, and three-point seat belts. Although optional, the available LED adaptive headlights are great add-ons for better exterior visibility. NHTSA and the IIHS are yet to offer their crash impact and overlap safety protection results.