The new model is still powered by the same 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the base 124 Spider, but Fiat's performance division has ramped up output just a bit, from 160 horsepower to 170, to give the Abarth version a little extra bite.
Performance-minded buyers will appreciate the advantages of Brembo brakes, Bilstein shocks, a limited-slip differential and Abarth's Record Monza exhaust, and they can take their pick of either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
Double-wishbone front and independent multilink rear suspension combine with electric power steering, alloy wheels and rear-wheel drive to round out a balanced performance-handling package.
Built on the same chassis as the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Fiat 124 Spider also competes with other sporty convertibles, such as the Audi TT, Mini Cooper and Porsche Boxster, although the Abarth treatment will give competitors a bit more to think about.
Contacted by Edmunds, a Fiat spokesperson said there's no word yet on U.S. pricing or launch timing. But the standard 124 Spider is due at Fiat dealerships this summer.
Edmunds says: Interested shoppers should check with their Fiat dealer to keep tabs on U.S. availability of the 2017 Abarth 124 Spider.