A coupé Abarth 124 isn’t happening, but the 124 gets a carbonfibre removable hard-top and exclusive parts
The GT gets a removable hard-top roof, made of carbonfibre and weighing 16kg, is lined on the inside, although has to be stored separately when not in use, unlike the Mazda MX-5 RF‘s folding hard-top.
The hard-top roof adds rigidity to the car’s chassis, although Abarth hasn’t specified by how much. The roof’s carbon fibre construction is a market first, though. It’s equipped with de-misters in the rear window, insulation and soundproofing, though.
Performance is unchanged – the same 1.4-litre turbocharged engine gives 168bhp and 184lb ft of torque, equating to unchanged acceleration to 62mph in 6.8sec and a 144mph top speed.
Abarth remains tight-lipped on when the 124 GT will arrive in the UK, but sales are expected to commence before the end of the year. It’s likely to command a small premium over the standard 124. Abarth charges £2300 for the automatic gearbox on the 124, so the GT could start at around £32,000.
Abarth is keeping quiet on the finer details ahead of the car’s official Geneva motor show unveiling, but the 124 range topper is likely to make up only a small portion of sales.