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The New Abarth 124 spider

 

 

  • The model in brief
  • Supercar engine and mechanics
  • Design true to the Abarth DNA
  • Active and passive safety
  • Equipment: sportiness and comfort
  • Officine Abarth: high technology and hand-crafted care
  • FCA Bank for the new Abarth 124 spider
  • Mopar for the new Abarth 124 spider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The model in brief

The new Abarth 124 spider aims at sweeping a new generation of enthusiasts off their feet with its performance and technical DNA. The model combines the authentic roadster experience packed with thrills, technology, safety with a touch of unmistakable Italian design.

 

Performance DNA

The new Abarth 124 spider guarantees all the thrills and fun that only a real spider can offer. Developed with the Abarth Racing team, the car perfectly embodies the leading values of the brand: performance, artisan craft, technical excellence. This is a car designed to put the smile back on the faces of those lucky enough to drive it.

For outstanding dynamic performance, Abarth 124 spider fits a mechanical self-locking differential as standard equipment. The weight is concentrated between the axles and the engine is installed behind the front axle to guarantee optimal agility and superior driving feel. Sophisticated mechanics and the use of special materials have been used to contain the weight to just 1060 kilograms, which results in a weight-to-power ratio of 6.2 kg/HP, the best in its category. Furthermore, the optimal weight distribution guarantees excellent feedback and agility.

 

The suspension of the 124 spider features high double wishbone suspension on the front and a five-arm multi-link on the rear. The set-up is calibrated specifically to increase stability on corners and for compression braking. Steering feedback is optimised by adopting a specific sports calibration of the power steering system.

 

Under the bonnet is a powerful, ultra-reliable 1.4 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with MultiAir technology. It delivers 170 HP (that is about 124 HP per litre) and 250 Nm of torque: it has a top speed of 232 km/h and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds. What is more, the engine sound is a fundamental element of all Abarth cars, and standard equipment includes the Record Monza exhaust with dual mode system capable of modifying the path of the exhaust gas according to engine rpm and generating a satisfying, deep sound.

The spider is available with a six-speed manual or an automatic Esseesse Sports Sequential gearbox.

 

 

Supercar engine and mechanics

Designed for thrills and performance, 124 spider has all the qualities needed to satisfy even the most difficult-to-please drivers. For exceptional dynamism, Abarth 124 spider fits a standard mechanical self-locking differential which secures drive and traction in the most critical situations and peerless dynamic performance.

 

Perfect weight distribution and light-weight design

Abarth 124 Spider creates a new benchmark in the sporty roadster segment and this is confirmed in numbers.

The weight is concentrated between the axles and the engine is installed behind the front axle to guarantee optimal agility and superior driving feel. Sophisticated mechanics and the use of special materials have been used to contain the weight to just 1060 kilograms, which results in a weight-to-power ratio of 6.2 kg/HP, the best in its category. Furthermore, the optimal weight distribution guarantees excellent feedback and agility.

 

 

Capitalising on the lessons learnt from the Abarth racing range, the obsession for lightness drove the brand to slim down every single unnecessary gram from the car. For instance, the model is fitted with an active bonnet system to comply with the severe pedestrian collision safety standards and has made it possible to avoid changes that would have increased the overall weight of the car and damaged its balancing. With sensors on the crossmembers and two small pyrotechnic loads positioned in the engine compartment, the system detects a collision against a pedestrian and deploys in a few milliseconds to create a safe space between bonnet and engine and thus attenuate the consequences of the impact.

 

Supercar mechanics and suspension layout

The suspension of the 124 spider features high double wishbone suspension on the front and a five-arm multi-link on the rear. The set-up is calibrated specifically to increase stability on corners and for compression braking. Steering feedback is optimised by adopting a specific sports calibration of the power steering system.

The Abarth dynamic set-up means that rear-wheel traction can be fully exploited to achieve the best driving pleasure. Furthermore, the Abarth by Bilstein shock absorbers, the specifically calibrated springs and the oversized anti-roll bars ensure optimal handling and driving accuracy.

The Brembo braking system, with four-piston fixed aluminium callipers on the front wheels, guarantees minimum braking distance and excellent overheating resistance even after prolonged and aggressive use, for always pleasant and safe pedal feeling.

 

A powerful engine and sporty gearboxes for a peerless driving experience

Abarth 124 spider fits a powerful, reliable four-cylinder 1.4 litre MultiAir turbo engine. It delivers 170 HP (that is about 124 HP per litre) and 250 Nm of torque: it has a top speed of 232 km/h and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds. What is more, the engine sound is a fundamental element of all Abarth cars, and standard equipment includes the Record Monza exhaust with dual mode system capable of modifying the path of the exhaust gas according to engine rpm and generating a satisfying, deep sound.

The spider is available with a six-speed manual or an automatic Esseesse Sports Sequential gearbox. The first is characterised by quick and accurate shifting with a short-stroke direct lever.

The Esseesse Sports Sequential gearbox, on the other hand, is the result of careful tuning to exploit all the engine torque and conveys genuine racing sensations. Shifting is very fast using either the stick on the tunnel or the steering wheel paddles.

 

Unadulterated driving feeling

Abarth 124 spider fits state-of-the-art active safety electronic devices and features. To guarantee the typical feeling of a racing car on the track all the same, the electronic devices can be switched off by the driver on the new 124 spider to enjoy the perfect mechanical balancing and linear response of the engine, which are the genuine trademarks of an authentic rear-wheel drive sports car.

The electronic controls are integrated in the Drive Mode Selector, which makes it possible to select the two different performance settings by means of a lever on the central tunnel: “Normal” and “Sport”. The first is designed for everyday driving, the second is optimised for sporty driving. The system can intervene on multiple parameters: maximum delivered torque, accelerator pedal response, power steering operation level, stability and traction control threshold (if they are not switched off for race track driving), exhaust sound by managing the engine while shifting. Furthermore, it changes the shifting points and shifting speed on cars with automatic transmission.

 

 

 

 

Design true to the Abarth DNA

The design of 124 spider reflects its outstanding mechanical layout (this being a key features for achieving perfect proportions on a sports car): the stretched bonnet reasserts the importance of the engine and the high power of the car, the short overhangs enhance agility and the passenger compartment close to the rear axle means that the driver can truly feel the road.

 

The passenger compartment/bonnet ratio is comparable to that of a racing car. A horizontal line rises stretches back and joins with the rear line near the rear light cluster: this is an unmistakable reference to the classic 124 spider.

Design was developed with a focus on performance: the large air intake on the front bumper and the rear aerodynamic extractor were fine-tuned in the wind tunnel, together with the rear spoiler and the windscreen for optimising air flows.

The finish of the 17” alloy wheel rims, the windscreen surround and the roll bars are “Forgiato Grey”, a colour picked to underline the bold, technical inclination of the car.

Two elements contrasting with the black grille are inserted in the bumper: a “Corsa Red” front spoiler and tow hook cap characterise the appearance of the front end and hint to the presence of the classic track day red tow hook. Red is also picked up on the rear-view mirror caps. These three elements are Titanio Grey for the red and blue paintwork combos.

 

The original lines of the front end together with the front hexagonal grille contribute to reasserting the car's bold personality. The bonnet humps suggest the longitudinal position of the engine: this is a direct reference to the original 124 spider. The exclusive LED headlights and rear lights add expressiveness to the car, both during the day and at night. An important detail are the rear light cluster inserts in matching body colour which form a luminous ring-shaped surface.

 

The rear end of 124 spider is characterised by two elements: the swallow-tail section rear wings and the horizontal rear lights which pick up particular features of the car's predecessor. The shape of the rear bumpers with the upper surface jutting into the boot lid conveys a characteristic V-shape to the back of the car.

The car is available in five colours: two pastel colours, “Turini 1975 White” and “Costa Brava 1972 Red”, and three metallised colours, “Isolad’Elba 1974 Blue”, “Portogallo 1974 Grey" and “San Marino 1972 Black”. The colours are a homage to the prestigious rally wins of Abarth also in their names. The standard colour is San Marino 1972 Black. In short, Abarth 124 spider is the only car in its category to come with metallised paint as standard.

As mentioned, the bonnet and rear lid are matte black. This finish is an unmistakable reference to the classic Abarth 124 Rally on which this solution was adopted to prevent the driver from being dazzled by the sun. Alternatively, customers can choose for their Abarth 124 spider to have the lids in matching body colour for no extra cost.

 

Interior design

The Abarth DNA is confirmed also on the inside with an overall focus aimed at guaranteeing perfect ergonomics. Leather seats are supporting and very comfortable at the same time to keep the driver in the ideal position as low and retracted as possible to be able to perceive all side movements of the car. Furthermore, the controls are perfectly in line with the sporty set-up of the car: the position of the aluminium pedal board, the vertical steering wheel and the short gear stick ensure a fully enthralling driving experience. The dashboard features a large tachometer with red background arranged in central position facing the driver and a keyless start system.

Comfort is guaranteed by standard heated seats and the excellent soundproofing afforded by the noise deadening windscreen, rear window and double-layer top. The latter is designed to be opened and closed with one hand from the driver's seat in a few seconds. Once folded behind the seats it does not occupy space in the boot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Active and passive safety

The new Abarth 124 spider is decked out with a host of state-of-the-art active and passive safety devices. In addition to ABS, standard equipment includes EBD, for adjusting front and rear axle brake force distribution so as to optimise braking distances and guarantee control in all load conditions of the car. Of course, also standard is ESC, for optimal control in all driving conditions, in particular in critical situations, in presence of snow, ice or poor road surfaces.

The ESC applies selective braking and acts on the accelerator to take the car back on line if a difference between the driver's action on the steering wheel and trajectory is detected. All these devices can be completely deactivated for driving on the race track allowing the driver to exploit the outstanding balancing and dynamic features of Abarth 124 spider to the max and enjoy an unadulterated and direct driving feeling.

 

The three-point seat belts fit Constant-Force Retractors (CFR) to control the degree of force applied by the belt and then gradually release it in controlled manner. On demand, the Visibility Plus pack includes full-LED self-levelling adaptive headlights with automatic orientation to guarantee the best driving comfort also in poor visibility conditions. These are combined with rain sensor, dusk sensor and parking sensors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment: sportiness and comfort

The new Abarth 124 spider has a three-gauge instrument panel featuring a large tachometer in the middle, a speedometer on the right and a display on the left allowing the driver to monitor all key driving information at a glance.

 

Standard equipment includes manual climate control system, stereo with four speakers, mp3 player, USB and AUX ports, cruise control, adjustable and electrically folded wing mirrors.

Other equipment available on demand are the Sound Plus pack with an integrated Infotainment system that can be operated using an ergonomic, user-friendly knob on the central tunnel. It includes 7-inch colour touchscreen, DAB digital tuner, two USB ports, an AUX port and Bluetooth connection features. It is combined with a Bose sound system with nine speakers, four of which are built into the head restraints. The pack include automatic climate control.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Officine Abarth: high technology and hand-crafted care

Officine Abarth, based in Mirafiori, is the place where the 124 spider becomes the archetype of Italian engineering mastery. The model receives a special treatment by Abarth engineers, who are genuine car enthusiasts: the Abarth men and women transfer their value to an already exceptional product by adding the anti-glare racing kit, with matte black treatment on bonnet and boot lid; the Alcantara® racing kit which elevates the overall quality of the interiors while guaranteeing real sporty driving sensations with its dark trim and perfect grip; and finally, the Record Monza exhaust as standard equipment for peerless engine performance and unmistakable sound.

Each Abarth 124 spider is tested and certified by an Abarth technician who applies a metal plate showing the sequential number of each car to certify its exclusiveness. The first 2500 cars of the 2016 production batch will be numbered: unique numbered cars for unique customers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FCA Bank for the new Abarth 124 spider
To support the launch of thenew Abarth 124 spider, FCA Bank, dedicated to motorists, is offering three financing packages to give the possibility of accessing the brand's trademark exciting driving experience to all customers.

 

Advanced Payment Plan: the extra motivation to drive off in Abarth 124 spider in complete freedom. With this innovative system, you pay half of the price right away and then after two years without any instalments in between, you can choose whether to replace the car, complete the payment or renegotiate the financing package.

 

Personal Contract Purchase and leasing, on the other hand, offer the opportunity to drive the new 124 spider with affordable monthly instalments and customisable end-of-contract options, such as replacing the car with a new one, renegotiating the financing package or returning the car.

 

Full-service solutions, like long-term rental, typically available to business customers, are now offered to retail customers so they can enjoy all the thrills of driving a new Abarth without worries or concerns.

 

In particular, solutions have been prepared for all European markets to make the new 124 spider very accessible: the outstanding performance of the new model will be available starting from an affordable instalment of just 300 Euro. FCA Bank, in collaboration with the brand, has created special loyalty programmes to incentivise 500 Abarth owners to replace their car and upgrade to the 124 Spider.

 

With any solution, customers can count on dedicated policies designed to be functional to the car's characteristics: “On Top Protection” is a dedicated cover for protecting the soft top, both in the event of accidental damage as well as acts of vandalism, while “Sun-Days Protection” is an innovative policy that refunds non-usage of the car in the event of excessive rain during summer weekends (more than 4 mm of rain and less than two hours of sunshine for 2 week-ends in a row between May and September).

 

There are also all the usual insurance services designed to protect both vehicle and customer. These include Protected Loan, which guarantees payment of part of the financing in the event of unforeseeable contingencies such as a job loss, and services including fully comprehensive insurance, collision insurance, GAP (Guaranteed Asset Protection) and VIN etched windows.

Every European market in which FCA Bank operates will adapt its offering, using the financing solutions described and adapting them better to suit individual requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mopar for the new 124 spider
Mopar Vehicle Protection

Mopar Vehicle Protection lets car owners keep their cars in optimum condition by offering a wide range of service agreements guaranteed by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. They are specially designed to ensure them the pleasure of driving their cars without worries.

Only Mopar Vehicle Protection provides the certainty that all servicing will be performed by highly qualified and specialised professionals at authorised workshop network throughout Europe, where only genuine spare parts will be used.

The portfolio of Mopar products contains a wide and flexible range of extended warranties and backed service plans that can be transferred if the car is sold. Every agreement adapts to the customer's driving requirements, with different solutions that vary in duration and mileage.

For thenew Abarth 124 spider, Mopar Vehicle Protection has planned a wide range of services able to keep the car always in perfect running order. The Maximum Care warranty extension, for example, is conceived to cover all mechanical and electrical parts of the car, and extends the warranty up to a maximum of 3 years in addition to the manufacturer's warranty.

The Easy Care scheduled maintenance plan, on the other hand, allows the price for the routine maintenance to be blocked for up to 5 years to have all the servicing needed to take care of their cars.

The Mopar Vehicle Protection service agreements can be subscribed to when purchasing a new car, and paid in instalments through the financial solutions of FCA Bank. Easy Care can be purchased before the first servicing is performed, while Maximum Care can be subscribed to within 24 months from the date the car is registered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 November 1966 - 3 November 2016: the iconic Fiat convertible turns 50. It crossed decisive decades of the past century with a touch of elegance and sportiness to present day. It was California Dreamin' back in 1966, and not by chance the model's exciting new evolution was presented in Los Angeles in 2015. Today, its style embodies the timeless beauty of its predecessor while remaining true to its real self and is setting out to fascinate a new generation of fans.

 

The background

"The Turin Motor Show under the sign of optimism" was the positive-sounding title of the 48th edition of the event held in halls of Torino Esposizioni in 1966. The Motor Show welcomed visitors with a magnificent display of lights and colours. The glossy paintwork of the cars reflected the bright neon lights multiplying the effect: it was the 1960s and waves of enthusiasm were rolling across Italy. The monetary crisis of 1964-1965 was coming to an end and automotive production had increased by 8% in 1966. Over 650 billion Lira had been invested from the beginning of the decade to renew and develop the plants in order to face a demand that was on the rise year by year. In addition to generating employment, cars were the primary indicator of a country's welfare and its degree of civilisation. While the yearning to own one was becoming more and more common, a certain conservative mentality which saw cars as an ephemeral luxury remained strong. The latter concept was proved wrong: today, we can reasonably declare that cars contributed to establishing true national unity by shortening distances, promoting travels and fostering mutual understanding. It may have been viewed as an accessory, but as a means of transportation it was nearly always a work tool, a calling card and a springboard for ambitions.

 

The Fiat stand stood out for its sheer size in the exhibition hall, among those of 515 exhibitors from 13 different countries: the very comprehensive line-up displayed at the Turin Motor Show in 1966 was capable of satisfying the most diverse tastes and needs and was complemented by three brand-new models. Visitors could admire the Fiat Dino, the production of which was being kicked off at the time, and the models which completed the 124 range. The 124 was an innovative car with an original style, a new concept of space, sophisticated engineering and state-of-the-art safety. The Fiat 124 was the result of Fiat's commitment to make an affordable, fast car, capable of carrying five people and their luggage in comfortable style.

An estate version - the Fiat 124 Familiare - was introduced at the Motor Show, but that 3rd of November would be remembered above all for the Fiat 124 Sport Spider. This model was the pinnacle of the evolution in the thrilling yet accessible convertible car segment that Fiat had led since the end of World War II with models such as the 1100 Spider in 1954, the 1200 and the twin-shaft 1500 Bialbero in 1958, the 1500 S and the 1600 S in 1961. The 124 Sport Spider was designed for motorists seeking brilliant performance at an affordable price: it was a sporty car with a wide circulation. The press dubbed it a "modern event" not just a simple car. It was modern because the quest for mobility was satisfied by a product that could excite and was reasonably priced, with a convincing and personal style, thrilling performance and innovative technical solutions, particularly mechanical. The 124 Sport Spider was the evolution of the 124 saloon but was also a genuine sports car with which everyone soon fell in love. To design the car Fiat called Pininfarina, long-time partner of the auto maker and a respected name in automotive car design worldwide.

 

The 1966 124 Sport Spider: a world automotive legend was born

The model picked up most of the mechanics of the Fiat 124 saloon but was designed from the start with some quintessentially sporty features. The name of Pininfarina was in itself a guarantee of design and interior elegance and as a whole the 124 Sport Spider stood out for the overall high quality of its finish, its accessories and its colours. The car was 3.97 metres long and its exterior style was modern, restrained and well-proportioned. Its streamline side was enhanced by the rear wing that dipped slightly in the connection to the front wing. The front end was flat and compact with a light look determined by the recess housing two slightly retracted headlights. The air intake presented an original hexagonal shape, while the bumpers were stark, wrapping and free from overriders. The tail was characterised by two slightly upward inclined fins forming a concave line connecting to the boot profile. In short, it expressed the most attractive style and proportions of its time: an enchanter among the enchanter, it stood on that Fiat stand in November 1966 by two beauty pageant winners and actress Marisa Solinas. The car had a Vinilite rear window and two side windows that retracted when the top was folded down. The large glazed surfaces ensured visibility in all directions. Aerodynamics were suited to motorway speeds and for agile driving in city traffic at the same time. The design of the windows and the windscreen, as the details of the handles, headlights, seats and colours, were all characterised by research focused on utility and elegance. The interiors were also carefully crafted with anatomic seats, wood trim and a very complete dashboard: instruments included a speedometer, an electric oil pressure gauge, a coolant thermometer and an electronic tachometer.

 

With the same rear-wheel drive, the Spider version was strongly connoted by the 124AC.000 engine. It was a straight-4 with bore and stroke of 80 and 71.5 mm, respectively, producing a displacement of 1438 cm3. It was positively brilliant also as a result of having dual overhead camshaft and valves arranged in a V. It developed a power of 90 HP at 6500 rpm and reached a top speed of 170 km/h. It had a double barrel vertical carburettor, while a double oil filtering system ensured better lubrication and longer life. Other features placed the model in the premium sports car segment: five-speed gearbox as standard equipment, radial tyres and sporty two-spoke steering wheel. The later was connected to the steering box with a two-part steering column joined by CV joints for excellent handling. The elegant style, the good engine performance, the stability and the safety of the model - deriving from the four disc brakes with vacuum brake booster and the presence of a Panhard track bar for better load arrangement on bends - secured success in terms of sales and image from the first months. The 124 Sport Spider was priced at 1,550,000 Lira, approximately half a million more than the saloon. "Cromodora" alloy rims and hard top were available for an extra 65,000 Lire. About 25,000 units of the first series were made until 1969.

 

A few adjustments to live the American dream and the début of the second series

In 1966 the Italians were singing along to the cover version of The Mamas and Papas' song and dreaming of escaping from grey skies and winter days to the freedom of a new life in California too.

Meanwhile, bolstered by the good market response, Fiat was working on the development of the model that would be launched in the USA in 1968. The Americans loved the proportions and quintessential Italian style of the Spider, as its top that could be quickly and easily folded directly from the driver's seat. The second version proper was introduced in October 1969, again at the Turin Motor Show, as part of an overall revamp of the range. It maintained the rear-wheel drive arrangement and the typical sporty driving feel despite the number of cars with front-wheel drive that were being presented in that edition of the event.

 

It could fit either the traditional 1.4-litre or a new 1.6-litre engine. The latter, also with four cylinders and dual overhead camshaft, had two double barrel vertical carburettors: displacement increased to 1608 cm3 and performance was even more brilliant. It delivered 110 HP and reached a top speed of 180 km/h. The braking system was of the independent circuit type. From the point of view of appearance, it had a new grille with honeycomb radiator. The most obvious difference were the two significant oval-shaped humps on the bonnet needed to accommodate the larger engine. The rear lights clusters were modified and a reversing light was added. Radial tyres and waterproof top completed the standard equipment. Hard top and light alloy rims were available as optional equipment. In October 1969 Lucio Battisti released his hit song "Mi ritorni in mente" ("I remember you / as beautiful as you are / maybe more than ever"): it was not dedicated to the Fiat 124 Spider but it could have been. The roadster evolved while remaining true to itself, with its elegant design by Pinifarina, and was as successful as ever: some 27,000 units were made in the years from 1969 to 1972.

 

The sparkling seventies welcome the third generation

The 1970s were years of major cultural and social changes. They were years of freedom and transgression, of turmoil and innovation. New cultural issues that would be current until the present day came into the foreground for the first time, such as the social function of education, the relationship between school and employment and creative communications. Political extremism was another characteristic of those times. The development of the automotive industry rocked from stagnation caused by the oil crisis and political unrest to maximum production efficiency and economic recovery. The Fiat 124 range was completely renewed and an array of mechanical and style improvements were introduced to enhance performance, comfort and elegance. Designed in international perspective from the start, the 124 was the turning point in the evolution of the Fiat production in the mid-sized engine sector and the beginning of the 1970s was the pinnacle of its success. Fiat introduced a new generation of the Spider in 1972: the style was basically unchanged but minor tweaks had been made to the dashboard, like replacing the chrome-plated instrument panel with a black one and the addition of a clock. The most substantial news concerned the engine because both the "1600" and the new "1800" engines of the Fiat 132 were fitted on the Fiat 124 Sport Spider. More in detail, they were both straight-4 with dual overhead camshaft, overhead valves and a double barrel Weber 34 DMS or Solex C34 EIES 5 carburettor. Displacement was 1592 cm3 for the "1600" and 1756 cm3 for the "1800". Power was 108 and 118 HP with top speeds of 180 and 185 km/h, respectively.

The 124 Sport Spider was successful as a result of its timeless appeal and unchanged driving pleasure despite the social unrest of those years which tended to penalise the showiest models.

 

After 1972 the model would also be remembered for its memorable racing triumphs. Eddy Merckx deserved his nickname of "The Cannibal", winning the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia, in addition to the Milano-Sanremo and the speed record. Mark Spitz set new world records in all seven competitions he competed in during the Munich Olympics, while Italians Mennea and Thoeni made a name for themselves in track and field and in skiing with the European 100 metres record and the Alpine Skiing World Cup. The Fiat 124 Abarth Rally for racing in Group 4 was launched the same year as the street-legal version. Compared to the standard production model, the Fiat 124 Abarth Rally Gr.4 benefited from a more powerful engine, fibreglass roof and bonnet, aluminium doors and considerable weight reduction. Tuned by the Abarth Racing Team, the car made its début in the 1972 season and continued racing until 1975.

 

Production of the 124 Sport Spider continued from June 1974 until 1982 for exports to the United States where the model was still very successful. The style remained the same. The only change concerned the adoption of energy-absorbing bumpers, as required by US safety standards, and the introduction of a 2-litre 87 HP engine starting from 1978. In 1981, Pininfarina displayed a new model called "Spider Europa" at the Geneva Motor Show. The appearance was essentially the same with upgrades focusing mainly on safety and comfort. Under the bonnet was a 1995 cm3 twin-shaft four-cylinder engine that delivered 105 HP. Handling was as excellent as ever and fuel efficiency was improved. The last development came in 1983 with the 136 HP "Volumex" with volumetric turbocharger. It was designed mainly for the US market and continued the success of the model with over 200,000 units sold worldwide, 75% of which in the USA.

 

The new 124 Spider returns to the world roads

The United States had always been the target market of the Fiat 124 Sport Spider: not by chance the new Fiat 124 Spider was presented at the Los Angeles Motor Show last year. Following in the wake of tradition of its legendary namesake, it has set out to fascinate a new generation with its typically Italian style and performance. The 124 Spider is the authentic roadster experience. Packed with thrills, technology and safety, rolled up with all-Italian flair, it turns 50 today.

 

The Fiat Style Centre designers created a car that encompasses the classic beauty of its predecessor without betraying its very essence in a new perspective. The front-end is bold without being aggressive and the two small humps on the bonnet suggest the engine power. The side proportions are those of a true sports car with longitudinal engine, rear-wheel drive mechanical architecture and retracted cockpit: design pays homage to the past projecting it into the future.

The new Fiat 124 Spider is inspired by some details of its 1966 predecessor and reinterprets them in a modern key. It has a streamline, timeless silhouette as well as the classic, perfectly proportioned side, the low centre of gravity, the retracted cockpit and the stretched bonnet of a real sports car. References to the vintage model are also found in the upper grille, in the hexagonal front grille pattern, in the classic "humps" along the front bonnet and in the bold horizontal rear lights. Similarly, the upper hexagonal grille was inspired by the exclusive form of the front air intakes on the vintage model and recalls the honeycomb structure of the sporty grille on the legendary 124 Spider.

The rear end is characterised by two elements: the swallow-tail section rear wings and the horizontally developed rear lights which wink to the features of its predecessor. The shape of the rear bumpers with the upper surface jutting into the boot lid conveys a characteristic V-shape to the rear end of the car. Interiors are designed and built to guarantee maximum occupant comfort using high-quality, soft materials. The ergonomics of the car were painstakingly designed to enhance the driving experience, also through the perfect layout of pedals, steering wheel and transmission.

 

Fiat 124 Spider fits the reliable four-cylinder 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo engine that delivers 140 HP of power (103 kW) and 240 Nm of peak torque available right away at 2250 rpm. The engine has retained its distinguishing features: four cylinders in-line with an aluminium head, a 72 mm bore and an 84 mm stroke, developing a total displacement of 1368 cm3. Fiat 124 Spider clocks a top speed of 215 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds. The outstanding dynamism of the car is also achieved thanks to the rear-wheel drive, an extremely well-balanced weight distribution and a low centre of gravity. Fiat 124 Spider is available with six-speed manual gearboxfor smooth, direct shifting, or with automatic transmission. Suspension and steering are designed for excellent driving dynamics. In the front, the new 124 Spider uses an elegant double wishbone suspension arrangement and a multilink architecture for total vehicle control in a curve on the rear. With dual pinion electric power assistance, the steering is light and reactive.

 

As a tribute in the tribute, an example of the new 124 Spider America limited number special series was displayed at the Paris Motor Show. The model is specially equipped to celebrate its namesake that in the 1980s was launched to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pininfarina. Not by chance, the special series reproduces the magnetic bronze livery of that famous model. The wing mirror caps are silver colour and the leather interiors are tobacco. On demand, the new 124 Spider America can be fitted with 17" light alloy rims with a classic design and rear parcel rack. These two accessories were developed by Mopar to enhance the vintage personality of the car. Finally, 124 Spider America sports a celebratory numbered badge and a special badge on the front grille. The six-speed sequential automatic transmission was first introduced on this version.

 

From 1966 to 2016: the fifty years of a legendary model which continues to fascinate with its stylistic developments and constant engineering quality with an eye to its successful past. Growing to improve and reach new goals: happy birthday, 124 Spider.

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