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Friday 2 December 2016
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2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth Debuts In NYC

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth Debuts In NYC

This could just be one of the longest names of a car we’ve come across in a long time. It’s the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth, named after the roadster that drove Fiat to its first European Rally Championship win in the 1970s.

It’s Fiat’s performance addition to the new 124 sportster lineup that will hit the road this summer and Fiat is showing it off at the New York Auto Show this week.

Under the hood, the Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth gets a turbocharged MultiAir 1.4-liter engine good for 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Fiat claims those numbers are the best in its class. The rear-wheel drive is available with six-speed manual or automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

The Elaborazione Abarth features a sport suspension with mono-tube Bilstein front and rear shock absorbers along with a mechanical limited slip differential which Fiat says gives it better launch performance and power delivery during cornering. It also comes with a Sport Mode selector and a sport-tuned, chrome quad-tip exhaust. An available Brembo braking system with 17-inch alloy wheels offers monoblock aluminum calipers with four pistons for improved braking.

It’s definitely more aggressive looking than the 124 Spider, too. It comes with those 17-inch Gun Metal aluminum wheels, a Gun Metal exterior accents and an available hand-painted hood stripe. Recaro seats give the interior a sportier look, too.

The Fiat 124 Spider models, a revival of the original spider nearly 50 years ago, will be available beginning this summer. The lineup also includes the Classica and Lusso models. The first 124 vehicles will be offered as a limited-edition Prima Edizione Lusso, featuring an exclusive color combo and badging.

Photo Credit: Fiat