These Two New Abarth Specials Are Italian Exotics In Miniature

Abarth is bringing two new special editions to the Geneva Motor Show, one with a carbonfibre roof and another with a token tie-in to a luxury yacht-builder...
These Two New Abarth Specials Are Italian Exotics In Miniature

Abarth has confirmed two special edition performance cars for the Geneva Motor Show, one featuring carbonfibre and the other designed with the famous yacht builder Riva. Because Italy.

The 124 GT is a roadster with an expensive difference. The usual soft-top roof has been covered by a special carbonfibre hard-top, a bit like the hard-tops you could get for Honda S2000s and Mazda MX-5s. But much, much more flamboyant.

Pro tip: convertible roofs should always be down...
Pro tip: convertible roofs should always be down...

The hard top slots onto the body in place of the canvas item, which has to be folded out of the way. Quite why you’d buy a convertible sports car only to make it a coupe again has always confused us (it’s not like the rag-top doesn’t keep the warmth in), but clearly we can’t speak for all buyers.

The fixed roof weighs just 16kg, which isn’t a lot considering its size. According to Abarth it also helps improve the torsional rigidity of the chassis. There’s a heated glass rear windscreen for extra winter convenience. The company says the one-piece roof takes just a few minutes to attach or remove.

Elsewhere it comes with 17-inch OZ ‘ultra-light’ alloy wheels that save 3kg per corner, and a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 168bhp and 184lb ft of torque. It’ll do 144mph and pass 62mph from rest in 6.8 seconds.

These Two New Abarth Specials Are Italian Exotics In Miniature

Secondly, for you boating types, there’s the Abarth 695 Rivale. Dubbed the ‘most sophisticated of all Abarth creations,’ it comes as a hatchback or a sliding canvas-roofed convertible. You’ll obviously want the latter for the short drive from your Monaco apartment to the marina where your rich spouse is waiting on their yacht.

The paintwork is the exclusive two-tone Riva Blue and Grey, with aquamarine stripes running around the car’s waist in mimicry of the so-called ‘beauty line’ on yachts. It has a fruity Akrapovic exhaust with – gasp – carbon tail pipes, Brembo anchors and ‘Abarth by Koni’ suspension with variable damping.

These Two New Abarth Specials Are Italian Exotics In Miniature

Beneath the tiny bonnet is squeezed the standard turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine with 177bhp; enough to let the car spring away from the line to 62mph in 6.7 seconds, on the way to a maximum 140mph. If that’s not enough, you also get 695 Rivale badges here and there, and the Uconnect stereo integrates with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

To see the 124 go up against the 595 in a head-to-head race, wander right over here.


Seth 3

It seems like no one likes the 124…I think its great.

03/01/2018 - 14:34 |
71 | 4

In reply to by Seth 3

For me it’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just that the MX-5 is a lot more appealing to me, design and engine wise.

03/01/2018 - 14:37 |
21 | 8

In reply to by Seth 3

I want Fiat 124 Coupe with Mazda’s 2.0-litre engine, but they don’t make a car like this :(

03/01/2018 - 15:58 |
16 | 0
Joel Brennan

In reply to by Seth 3

I personally love it!

03/01/2018 - 16:22 |
2 | 0

In reply to by Seth 3

It is definitely the one I’d have of the mx-5 124 family
And the want is stronger now

03/01/2018 - 19:21 |
2 | 0
Noah Thorley Images

In reply to by Seth 3

Apart from the S2000, (and a roofless Defender) it is my favourite convertible!

03/02/2018 - 01:18 |
0 | 0

So, the 595 is a yacht on wheels?


03/01/2018 - 14:38 |
4 | 1
Tomislav Celić


03/01/2018 - 14:42 |
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Valanti Demetriades

I have a Fiat 124 and I absolutely love it. Its such a unique car and it definitely creates nice convos from random people asking if its a Ferrari haha

03/01/2018 - 14:46 |
25 | 2

Spare me… nobody has mistaken this (albeit very pretty Fiat) for a Ferrari?? Lmao wow the general public never ceases to amaze

03/01/2018 - 14:51 |
13 | 1

So Abarth has finally given us a mini Viper in the form of the 124 GT?

I’ll take 50, please.

03/01/2018 - 14:53 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

A baby Viper would be insane!

03/02/2018 - 08:00 |
0 | 0

Cool Mazda MX-5 RF

03/01/2018 - 15:01 |
2 | 1

ricer shit

03/01/2018 - 15:07 |
1 | 15

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Perfect for you then.

03/01/2018 - 22:03 |
5 | 0

You may hate me, but I think that the Abarth 124 is better than the 2 liter Miata

03/01/2018 - 15:30 |
8 | 1

That’s the italian genes talking lel

03/01/2018 - 21:33 |
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Ahmad Fahrurrozi

But I like it both!

03/01/2018 - 16:25 |
2 | 0

Finally, a hardtop 124

03/01/2018 - 22:46 |
3 | 1



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