Fiat presents the 124 Abarth with a 125 kW 1.4 engine

Rumors had it that the new Fiat 124 in its Abarth version would only have a 1.4 MultiAir turbocharged engine able to deliver 125 kW, as we have told you one month ago. But we still had hope to be wrong and to see Fiat place a stronger engine under the hood of the sportier version of 124 so far. But the Italian automaker has frustrated us on this one. The Fiat 124 Abarth, or Abarth 124 Spider, as the company has preferred to name it. We don’t: a true Abarth would have a different engine.

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You may think we are being too radical, even because the car weighs 1,060 kg, or else, it is only 10 kg heavier than the regular 124 Spider. But this is the point: even if slightly, it is heavier than the 124 Spider. And it is only 22 kW stronger than a car that is already fast. Yes, it can reach a top speed of 230 km/h. Yes, it goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 s. It has the Record Monza exhaust, to have a beautiful growling sound, but that exhaust system would sound better with a 2.0 or even the 1.75 Alfa Romeo engine that was expected to be under its hood. In other words, the Abarth badge deserved better.

The 124 Abarth is 4.05 m long, 1.74 m wide, 1.23 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.31 m. It is equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox or the Sequenziale Sportivo gearbox, and automatic, probably also 6-speed.

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If this is any consolation to Abarth fans, the 124 Abarth already has a rally version, the Abarth 124 Rally.

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It uses a 1.8 4-cylinder engine with direct petrol injection and it counts on 220 kW at 6,500 rpm. A tamed version of this engine powering the 124 Abarth would be the least we could have from an Abarth vehicle. What a pity…

 

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.