More Powerful 2017 Fiat Abarth 124 Spider Debuts at 2016 Geneva Auto Show| Edmunds

More Powerful 2017 Fiat Abarth 124 Spider Debuts at 2016 Geneva Auto Show

GENEVA — More power and increased performance are the hallmarks of the 2017 Fiat Abarth 124 Spider. The latest version of the 124 Spider was introduced this week at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show.

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.

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