Order books for the Fiat 124 Spyder and the Abarth performance variant have opened in Europe. Deliveries of the 124 Spyder in Italy will commence on July 18 while the 124 Abarth will hit the roads in September.
The two-door retro classic roadster is essentially a reskinned Mazda MX-5. Fiat has come up with a styling that captures the essence of the original 1966 124.
Circular headlamps with LED light signatures, a long bonnet, expressive surfaces and a simple rear fascia with LED taillights are the design highlights. Inside, the Italian automaker has spruced up the cabin with generous employment of leather upholstery and contrast stitching.
Equipment includes an infotainment system with 3D navigation, rear view camera, Bluetooth connectivity, HD Radio, USB ports, 6-speakers, multiple airbags, ABS, ESP and so on. The regular model is available in Spyder and Lusso trims.
The 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine produces 138 PS and 240 Nm of torque on board the regular variants. Under the hood of 124 Abarth, the same engine develops 170 PS. 6-speed MT and AT constitute transmission lineup. The Abarth can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 6.8 seconds (0.7 seconds quicker than Spyder) before hitting a top-speed of 232 kmph.
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At 1,060 kg, the Abarth variant is 10 kg heavier than the Spyder. The Fiat 124 Spyder starts at 27,500 euros (around INR 20.86 lakhs) while the 124 Abarth will set you back by 40,000 euros (around INR 30.35 lakhs).