Fiat 124 Spider Abarth: Belongs on your Driveway!

By Autoreviewman

Fiat is famous for making exciting sports cars on its own, but has now teamed up with Mazda for input with the new version of its iconic Fiat 124 Spider two seater. The new version shares the current Mazda MX-5 platform, which also gives up its transmission from the previous-generation MX-5, and a few other bits and pieces.  

Like the MX-5, the Fiat 124 is a looker with that aggressive front hood. The 124 is slightly longer due to the longer hoof, and different front and rear fascias. The 124 Spider is also a tad lower. Hate to say it, but the Fiat wins out in the looks department with its matt black hood and trunk lid, and sleeker profile.  Replacing the MX-5 2.0 liter four -cylinder engine is Fiat’s own 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo-four borrowed from the 500 Abarth mounted longitudinally, and delivering 160-hp, and 184 lb-ft of torque. The 124 Spider also receives the six speed transmission – manual or auto from the MX-5.The 124 Spider is priced from $31,795 (Classica), $33,795 for the mid -range Lusso and $35,295 for the top Abarth edition. 

The 124 Spider Abarth, as tested adds: 17-inch gunmetal wheels, red brake calipers, dual exhausts, Abarth badging, and more aggressive unique front and rear fascias, and gun metal mirror caps. In the handling department, the Abarth gets rear Bilstein dampers, a mechanical limited-slip differential, front strut tower bar and sport mode selector. The Abarth version also comes with as standard: heated seats, automatic climate control, Sirius satellite radio, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 7-inch infotainment display from the MX -5.  The Fiat also offers optional premium packages 

To sum up, the 124 Abarth is a lithe, gorgeous car to own and drive, it’s exceptional in and around town with its pleasant driving manners. It also won’t leave you feeling beaten up after a long drive.   Downsides? Well, the Abarth 124 – is probably not a daily driver unless you have multiple cars in the garage.   It can be tight for tall or big sized people, and interior storage and cargo area is small.  Also it starts getting expensive when you add all the options in the Abarth version. Still if you want the most fun in thoroughbred sports car you should really consider it.  Go On! You only live once!

2019 Fiat 124 Spyder Abarth Base Price: $33,295 plus options. Price as tested -$51,420