• Powered by turbocharged MultiAir 1.4-litre engine producing a class-leading 125 Kw @ 5500 rpm and 250 Nm @ 2500 rpm
  • Packaged for performance, the Abarth 124 Spider features sports suspension, mechanical limited-slip differential and Sport Mode as standard
  • Abarth 124 Spider also arrives with standard Brembo brakes and Bilstein shock absorbers, coupled with leather sports seats as standard
  • Iconic Abarth soundtrack delivered through chrome quad-tip sports exhaust as standard, with optional Monza exhaust for a truly earth-shattering sound
  • Available with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters
  • Aggressive appearance with unique front and rear fascia, 17-inch Gun Metal aluminium wheels, Gun Metal exterior accents
  • Delivers best-in-class power and torque, along with segment’s most comprehensive suite of performance components as standard
  • New Zealand’s ultimate performance roadster, the Abarth 124 Spider, priced at a recommended retail price of $52,990 plus on road costs for the six-speed manual or a recommended retail price of $54,990 plus on road costs for the six-speed automatic

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Just in time for summer, the Abarth 124 Spider has arrived in New Zealand, offering a unique blend of performance, handling and style in a car that has been refined by the Italian company that has been producing sports cars for nearly 70 years.

The stunning Abarth 124 Spider will start at a recommended retail price of $52,990 plus on road costs for the six-speed manual or a recommended retail price of $54,990 plus on road costs for the six-speed automatic, complete with wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Offering best-in-class power and performance combined with stunning Italian design, the Abarth 124 Spider is designed and built for thrills, with its four-cylinder turbocharged 1.4 Turbo engine producing an unrivalled 125kW @ 5500rpm and 250Nm @ 2500rpm, paired with a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.

Built with a pure performance focus, the 2017 Abarth 124 Spider arrives with a comprehensive list of standard performance components; including a mechanical limited-slip differential, sport suspension and Sport Mode selector as standard.

The Abarth 124 Spider also arrives with standard Brembo brakes and Bilstein shock absorbers, along with leather sports seats. And to ensure that iconic Abarth soundtrack accompanies every drive, the 124 Spider is equipped with a chrome quad-tip sports exhaust as standard.

The Abarth 124 Spider has been engineered to offer drivers responsive handling and an excellent power-to-weight ratio in a robust rear-wheel-drive package.

“The Abarth 124 Spider is not just an amazing performance vehicle, but the return of one of the world’s most iconic nameplates to New Zealand roads,” says David Smitherman, Chief Executive Officer of Fiat Chrysler New Zealand. “It offers the perfect blend of performance, handling and road holding, and style to ensure that it is, once again, the epitome of everything that a sports car must be.”

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Performance Characteristics

The 2017 Abarth 124 Spider features the proven turbocharged 1.4-litre MultiAir four-cylinder engine, generating 125kW @ 5500rpm and 250Nm @ 2500rpm, and is paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

The Abarth-exclusive Sport Mode changes the calibrations of the engine, automatic transmission, electric power steering and dynamic stability control system to ensure a sporty, responsive and performance-oriented drive experience.

A mechanical limited-slip differential, featuring a low torque bias ratio, provides improved traction and handling, as well as improved launch performance and power delivery during cornering. The Abarth’s unique sport suspension includes mono-tube Bilstein front and rear shock absorbers for increased traction and more precise handling. The as-standard Brembo braking system offers monoblock aluminium calipers with four pistons, allowing for unparalleled braking performance.

The Abarth 124 spider creates a new benchmark in the roadster segment. Much of the weight is concentrated between the axles and the engine is installed behind the front axle to guarantee agility and superior driving feel. Sophisticated mechanicals and the use of special materials have contained the weight to just 1,060 kilograms, which results in a weight-to-power ratio of 6.2 kg/HP, the best in its category, and perfect 50/50 weight distribution in running order, which translates to great agility and performance.

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Chassis & Braking System

The suspension of the Abarth 124 Spider has a double-wishbone layout in front and a five-link set up in the rear, specifically tuned for greater braking and cornering stability.

“Abarth by Bilstein” dampers, together with stiffened anti-roll bars, provide ultimate handling and driving comfort. The Abarth dynamic vehicle set-up ensures customers can get true driving pleasure out of the rear-wheel drivetrain.

The Brembo braking system, features monoblock aluminium front calipers with four pistons, improving braking effectiveness and guaranteeing very short braking distances, and excellent resistance to brake fade.

Powerful Engine & Sporting Gearboxes

The Abarth 124 spider is equipped with a powerful 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo engine boasting 125 kW and 250 Nm of torque. Impressive acceleration allows the sprint to 100 kmh to be achieved in only 6.8 seconds. A sports exhaust is standard equipment and can be upgraded with an optional dual-mode Monza exhaust for even greater auditory pleasure.

The Abarth 124 Spider is available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox. The first is characterised by quick and accurate shifting with a short-throw, direct lever. The six-speed automatic gearbox is the result of careful tuning to exploit all the engine torque, conveying genuine race sensations. Using the lever or the paddles behind the steering wheel, shifting is extremely fast and the performance of the car is boosted even further by setting “Sport” mode on the driving mode selector.

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Throttle-Steer Driving Style

The Abarth 124 Spider is equipped with state-of-the-art electronic devices and active safety features to ensure the Abarth provides a proper race car feeling. When driving on track, the new 124 Spider lets the driver disengage the electronic controls to experience the perfect mechanical balance and linear engine response – the trademarks of a genuine rear-wheel drive performance car.

The new Abarth 124 spider has a three-gauge instrument panel featuring a large tachometer in the middle, a speedometer on the right and a display on the left allowing the driver to monitor all key driving information at a glance. Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, climate control system, stereo with four speakers, mp3 player, USB and AUX ports, cruise control, adjustable and electrically folded wing mirrors.

Each car hand crafted with care

Officine Abarth, based in Italy’s automotive hub, Turin, is the place where the 124 spider becomes the archetype of Italian engineering mastery. The model receives a special treatment by Abarth engineers, who are genuine car enthusiasts: the Abarth men and women transfer their value to an already exceptional product by adding the anti-glare racing kit, with matte black treatment on bonnet and boot lid; the Alcantara® racing kit which elevates the overall quality of the interiors while guaranteeing real sporty driving sensations with its dark trim and perfect grip; and finally, the Record Monza exhaust as standard equipment for peerless engine performance and unmistakable sound.

Each Abarth 124 spider is tested and certified by an Abarth technician who applies a metal plate showing the sequential number of each car to certify its exclusiveness. The first 2500 cars of the 2016 production batch will be numbered: unique numbered cars for unique customers.

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*Press Releases are direct from the Manufacturer, and not edited in any way.

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