If this is how the production-spec 2017 Fiat Abarth 124, rendered by Lorenzo Prati of LP Design, will turn out to look like, it will put any rivaling roadster to shame.
The rendering is based on a combination of design and styling of the fourth generation Mazda MX-5 and the Puritalia 427 – a handmade Italian luxury roadster limited to 427 units.
If Fiat launches an Abarth 124 Spider, it should, as observed in the rendering, get modified bumpers and grille, larger air scoops, lightweight alloy wheels, beefier brakes and other performance and styling oriented additions/changes. Under the hood, there could be the 180-hp 1.4-litre T-Jet turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that currently powers the Abarth 595 Competizione.
2016 Fiat 124 Spider
The 2016 Fiat 124 Spider will be based on the fourth generation Mazda MX-5. The Italian iteration is said to have a sporty style with some cues borrowed from the 1966 Fiat 124 Sport Spider. The interior is expected be very much Italian and in line with the brand’s latest models. The kerb weight will be as low as 1,000 kg, although higher trim levels will be heavier.
The modern-day compact roadster should pack a 1.4-litre MultiAir turbocharged petrol engine under the hood, with power being sent to the rear axle via a 6-speed manual/automatic transmission. Its production will be made alongside the Mazda MX-5 at Mazda’s plant in in Hiroshima, Japan.
Olivier Francois, Head of Fiat brand and Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the Group Executive Council (GEC), indicated earlier this month that the official debut is likely to happen at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show to be held next March.
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