2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth Debuts at 2016 New York Auto Show | Edmunds

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth Debuts at 2016 New York Auto Show

NEW YORK — The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth, the latest addition to the Fiat 124 Spider lineup, debuted at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

Fiat says that pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

The base Fiat 124 Spider will arrive at Fiat dealerships in the U.S. starting this summer, followed by the top-of-the-line Abarth version in late summer, a Fiat spokesman told Edmunds.

Key competitors include other sporty convertibles, such as the Audi TT, Mini Cooper and Porsche Boxster.

As previously reported by Edmunds, an Abarth version of Fiat's 124 Spider introduced earlier this month at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show squeezes 170 horsepower from its turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

But this top-of-the-line 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth delivers 160 hp from the same engine.

That power plant is similar to the engine found in the Mazda MX-5 Miata, with which the 124 shares a basic platform, although the Fiat variant produces an extra 5 horsepower.

Like the standard Fiat 124 Spider, the more "elaborate" Elaborazione Abarth model can be ordered with the choice of either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox.

However, the Elaborazione Abarth adds such goodies as a Sport mode that re-calibrates the engine, transmission, power steering and dynamic stability control system for better performance and handling, what Fiat calls a "performance-oriented driving experience."

There's also a limited-slip differential, sport suspension featuring Bilstein shock absorbers, 17-inch alloy wheels and an optional Brembo braking system with four-piston aluminum calipers.

Inside, the Elaborazione Abarth stands out with strategically placed red stitching throughout, a matte black instrument-panel bezel, its own unique gauge cluster, aluminum-accented sport pedals and leather and microfiber seats. Buyers who need a bit more panache can specify the optional leather and Alcantara seats by Recaro.

The exterior differs from the base 124 Spider with unique front and rear fascia treatments, black side sills and quad-tipped exhaust. Paint colors include red, white, black, gray and white pearl.

Edmunds says: It's not too early to get the conversation going with your Fiat dealer about the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth.

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