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Reported to be on the cards, here’s the first look at the coming Fiat Abarth 124 Spider. The hotter version of the Fiat 124 roadster was spied during a public road test in Europe, wearing about as much camouflage as can be fitted on it.

There are, however, several cues that give it away as the 124 Abarth. For starters, a quick look at the rear of the car reveals that unlike the regular Fiat 124’s dual tips, quad exhaust tips are to be found. At the front, there appears to be a seam in the covers that makes room for an air scoop on the hood.

Peeking through the covers over the front bumper, it appears that the 124 Abarth will feature larger air intakes than the Fiat roadster. The gunmetal grey wheels also look larger than those on the Fiat 124, and in a design we’ve not seen featured before.

Previously, we reported that three versions of the Fiat 124 Abarth were in the works, each using Fiat’s 1.4 litre MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine, tuned for different power outputs.

There will likely be a base variant with 160 hp, a mid-spec version with 190 hp, and a range-topping variant that will pack more than 200 hp. All three variants are also expected to offer chassis upgrades for better handling, along with a more aggressive body, as these pictures confirm.

Abarth is also said to be preparing to have its own version of the roadster compete in the World Rally Championship. A source close to the tuning division revealed to PistonHeads that it is aiming to take part in the WRC under a new sports car category that will be introduced in 2017.


GALLERY: Fiat 124 Spider