For a split second, it looked like FCA was listening to the power-hungry Mazda Miata enthusiasts and would give us a more powerful roadster. While the upcoming 2017 Fiat 124 Spider looked great, the recently unveiled Abarth 124 Spider got us hot under the collar like a ladleful of arrabbiata sauce, with an uptick in go-fast hardware and a boost in horsepower. Now, the Americanized Abarth 124 has landed, and it lacks the power bump found in the Euro-spec roadster.
Like the regular 124, the so-named Elaborazione Abarth packs a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, churning out 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. That’s not bad, but we’re a little disappointed in the power figure given that the full-fat overseas Abarth 124 (shown below at the Geneva show) gets a 10 hp boost up to 170. Power is routed to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
To manage the power better, the Elaborazione Abarth packs a mechanical limited-slip differential and is available with an optional Brembo brake package. To keep things flat when the road turns curvaceous, the Abarth upgrades the regular 124 suspension with new Bilstein shocks.
Like the pint-sized 500 Abarth, the Fiat 124 EA roadster has an aggressive exhaust that sounds every bit as angsty as a budget Ferrari. The Abarth also includes a new sport mode, which affects settings for the the electric power steering, stability control, and automatic transmission, if equipped.
The Elaborazione Abarth wears the same visual upgrades as the car we saw in Geneva, with a butch front and rear fascia, black side sills, and gun-metal colored external mirror cover and roll bar. The little Italian roadster is offered in white and red clearcoat, jet black and gray metallic, and tri-coat White Pearl.
Inside, the Abarth packs the same touches as the car that debuted in Geneva, with rows of red stitching on nearly every leather surface, a matte-black instrument panel, aluminum-accented pedals, and a unique shift knob. The Elaborazione Abarth comes standard with leather and suede seats, with a full-leather package available.
While we do not know specifically when the Elaborazione Abarth will be available for purchase, FCA says the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider will hit dealer lots at the beginning of this summer.
Take a look at the Euro-spec Abarth 124 in the photo gallery below.