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New trim levels for Abarth and Fiat 124 Spiders to debut in Geneva

Both Fiat and Abarth will unveil new 124 Spider-derived models at the Geneva motor show.

Abarth and Fiat have pulled the wraps off a pair of new models based on the 124 Spider. Due to make their public debuts at next week’s Geneva motor show, the Abarth 124 Spider GT and Fiat 124 Spider S-Design are mechanically identical to the cars they’re based on, but feature a host of cosmetic and equipment upgrades. Currently, there’s no word on UK pricing.

The motorsport-inspired Abarth 124 Spider GT has been launched to celebrate the model’s considerable rallying success. Not only did the Sixties original win a number of world championship events, the current car wrapped up the Italian and Spanish R-GT titles last year. Visually the biggest change is the addition of a carbonfibre hardtop, which Abarth claims is a first for this class. Weighing just 16kg, it’s fully insulated and features a heated glass rear window.

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Other lightweight additions include the new 17-inch OZ Ultra-Light alloy wheels, which are finished in graphite grey metallic and are claimed to save 3kg a corner. Further savings, albeit, minimal, come from the carbonfibre rear spoiler and optional carbonfibre door mirror caps. As a final flourish, buyers can choose to add the car’s trademark matt black finish for the bonnet, while the only paint colour is Alpi Orientali Grey. 

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The rest of the car is standard Abarth 124 Spider, which means you get the same 168bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine that allows a brisk 0-62mph time of 6.8 seconds and a 144mph top speed. Also included is the raspy quad-exit Record Monza exhaust, upgraded Brembo brakes, limited-slip differential and lowered and stiffened suspension.

The Fiat 124 Spider S-Design is even more of a cosmetic exercise, with the updates limited strictly to the car’s visuals and kit. Externally there’s a set of unique 17-inch alloys, a red strip running down each side of the car and a natty tricolore badge on the boot lid. Finally, a polished metal finish is used on the A-pillars, the roll hoops and the door mirror housings. Inside, the S-Design gets leather seat trim as standard, plus an enhanced spec that runs to climate control and keyless entry.

> Fiat 124 Spider review

As with the Abarth 124 Spider GT, the S-Design is mechanically identical to the car it’s based on. In this instance that means 138bhp from the turbocharged 1.4-litre MultiJet unit, which translates into a claimed 7.5 seconds for the 0-62mph sprint and a 133mph top speed.

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