2017 Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione

Author: Stijn
Abarth is returning to the Geneva stage to present the entire line-up, which is the best expression of the principles of performance, craftsmanship and technical upgrade that characterises the brand with the scorpion badge. In the spotlight of the Swiss event, visitors will be able to admire the new Abarth 124 spider together with the new Scorpione special series version, the Abarth 595 Pista and the Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha Limited Edition, which springs from the collaboration with Yamaha Motor Europe. This partnership, now in its third year, also spawned the Yamaha XSR900 Abarth, the first motorbike made by two of the most dynamic brands of the world motoring scene, which will also be on show. In brief, the Abarth exhibition area is open to the world and to brand values focused on premium performance, craftsmanship expressed in every product and constant technical upgrading. The number of enthusiasts who identify with the philosophy of the brand is on the rise worldwide: the success of "The Scorpionship", the one and only official community, which brings together over 70,000 members, and of the Abarth Classiche project, which involves the entire universe of the brand with the scorpion badge, is no surprise. Users can sign up free of charge on the website www.abarth.it/scorpionship. An area will be dedicated to merchandising, exclusive accessories and tuning kits made in collaboration with Mopar, the reference brand for services, Customer Care, genuine spare parts and accessories for FCA brands. The following text includes a summary of the data applicable to all markets. For more specific details, go to the local press sites.

The new Abarth 124 spider is a fun, unconventional car destined to become an icon of driving pleasure and sure to excite everyone who gets behind the wheel. Developed with Squadra Corse Abarth it has the bold dynamics and driving joy of a true roadster. The mechanical standard self-locking differential demonstrates the technical excellence for superior road holding. This device is typically found in top-of-the-range sports cars and emphasises the personality of the new Abarth 124 spider. Weights are concentrated between the axles and the engine is installed behind the front axle to guarantee optimal agility and superior driving feel. Sophisticated mechanics and special materials have been used to contain the weight to just 1060 kilograms. This results in a weight-to-power ratio of 6.2 kg/HP, the best in its category. Furthermore, the optimal weight distribution guarantees sincere and exalting response.

The public will be able to admire two examples on the stand. The first has pastel "Turini 1975 White" paintwork and a matt black bonnet that recalls the classic Abarth 124 Rally, on which this was adopted as a measure to prevent glare in the driver's eyes. The other colours available in the range are pastel "Costa Brava 1972 Red" and the metallic "San Marino 1972 Black", "Isola d'Elba 1974 Blue" and "Portogallo 1974 Grey": these names are a homage to the prestigious Abarth rally wins. Interiors are characterised by red and black leather seats, while the dashboard and central tunnel are covered with Alcantara, a technical fabric used in the racing world to reduce reflections in the passenger compartment and increases the driver's concentration on the task at hand.

The second car is an example of the new Scorpione special series, a version designed for customers seeking the essence of unadulterated driving pleasure. The car on display sports a "San Marino 1972 Black" livery with "Forgiato Grey" details. A "Turini 1975 White" version is also available.

The Scorpione maintains all the features of the 124 spider and is characterised by black microfibre and leather seats designed to maximise grip.

Under the bonnet of both models is a powerful, ultra-reliable 1.4 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with MultiAir technology. It delivers 170 HP (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 paired with a six-speed manual transmission. What is more, since the engine sound is a fundamental element of all Abarth cars, standard equipment includes Record Monza exhaust with Dual Mode system capable of modifying the path of the exhaust gas according to pressure, guaranteeing linear torque and power delivery and generating a satisfying, deep roar at the same time. In addition to the 6-speed manual transmission, the spider is also available with the Esseesse Sporty Sequential automatic transmission. The suspension on the Abarth 124 spider uses a double wishbone scheme at the front and a 5-arm multilink architecture at the rear. The set-up is calibrated specifically to increase stability on corners and enhance compression braking. Steering feedback is optimised by adopting a specific sports calibration of the power steering system.

Furthermore, 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 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, particularly the most critical, in presence of snow, ice or slippery roads. 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 fullest and enjoy an unadulterated and direct driving feeling. The Abarth DNA is confirmed on both models also on the inside with an overall focus aimed at guaranteeing perfect ergonomics. The seats, with leather and Alcantara upholstery and microfibre and leather on the Scorpione, are both supporting and very comfortable to hold the driver in the ideal position, as low and far back as possible to perceive all sideways movements of the car. Furthermore, the controls are perfectly in keeping with the sporty set-up of the car: the position of the pedal board, the vertical steering wheel and the short gear stick make for 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 heated seats, standard on the version with leather seats, and the excellent soundproofing afforded by the noise deadening windscreen, rear window and double-layer soft 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.

Both cars on show are equipped with the Sound Plus Pack, which includes radio 7" touchscreen and a sophisticated Bose audio system with subwoofer and eight speakers, two of which integrated in the head restraints for a perfect listening experience. there is also the Visibility Plus Pack, which features full LED automatic self-levelling headlights, LED daytime running lights, rain sensor, dust sensor, headlight washer and rear parking sensors.

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