The Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth has been revealed at the New York International Auto Show. Don’t mind the elaborate addition to the name, because it’s just the US-market’s way of addressing its Abarth 124 Spider.

As such, the Abarth-tuned spider gets all the same mechanicals as the Euro-spec Fiat 124 Abarth that was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show. The 1.4 litre MultiAir four-cylinder turbo engine is retained, so too is the option of a six-speed manual or Sequenziale Sportivo automatic transmission.

However, while the Abarth drop-top gets an additional 10 hp over the standard model in Europe, the US version doesn’t. It settles for 160 hp, but maintains its torque figure of 250 Nm. This is the same power output available in the standard Fiat 124 Spider across the globe.


All other highlights of the Abarth model have been maintained, including its mechanical limited-slip differential, “Abarth by Bilstein” dampers, stiffened anti-roll bars and Record Monza Exhaust system. The Brembo brakes are however optional for the US market.

In the styling department, the Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth gets a “Racing Anti-glare kit”, matte black bonnet and boot lid, Abarth front and rear bumpers, 17-inch alloys and quad exhaust tips. As for the interior, well, it’s easy to see how much the Fiat 124 is based on the ND Mazda MX-5. Microfibre seats are standard, but the leather and Alcantara/leather seats are optional.