Fiat Bringing Abarth 124 GT with a Carbon Fiber Roof to Geneva
This is what a special edition Abarth 124 GT is all aboutby Kirby Garlitos, on
Fiat is bringing the Abarth 124 GT to the Geneva Motor Show with something no other roadster on the market has: a carbon fiber rooftop. The new special edition model will grace Geneva with a style upgrade we rarely see from a sports car in this segment. It’s got plenty of exclusive features beyond the carbon fiber rooftop; all adopted to make this particular version of the Abarth 124 GT stand out from the rest of its kind.
The carbon fiber rooftop is the main highlight of this special edition Abarth 124 GT.
The carbon fiber rooftop is the main highlight of this special edition Abarth 124 GT. It’s not often that you get to see a roadster with a rooftop made from the lightweight material. It weighs just 16 kilos (35.2 pounds) and was designed to improve the torsional rigidity of the roadster. It can also be removed and refitted in a few easy steps, which means that drivers can have the best of both worlds: drive with a carbon fiber rooftop or switch to the open-air thrills of a droptop. Most importantly, the roof looks really cool. It’s a fitting accessory for a car like the Abarth 124 GT that oozes in its own blend of sexiness.
Beyond the carbon fiber hardtop, this special edition 124 GT also gets a fancy color, specifically the gunmetal shade finish on the front spoiler and mirror caps and the same matte black hood that we previously saw on the Abarth 124 Rally GT racer. While the purpose may be different — the matte black hood on the rally car was installed to help keep the sun’s glare away from the driver — the aesthetic effects are largely the same.
The four-cylinder engine produces 170 HP and 184 LB-FT of torque, enough to help the roadster accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 6.8 seconds before blasting off to a top speed of 144 mph
The Roadster’s design is a fitting partner to the kind of power and performance the Abarth 124 GT provides. It draws all of its oomph from a 1.4-liter, MultiAir, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, enough to help the roadster accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 6.8 seconds before blasting off to a top speed of 144 mph. For those who are interested to know, the Abarth 124 GT’s sister, the Fiat 124 Spider, shares a similar engine and identical torque numbers. It does have ten less horsepower compared to its Abarth counterpart.
Fiat hasn’t said how many units it plans to release of the special edition model. The price tag is also unclear, though the standard model does sell for at least $28,195. Throw in all the goodies and that carbon fiber rooftop, and you’re looking at a price that should be well north of $30,000.
Read our full review on the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth.
Read our full review on the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider.
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