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Fiat planning sporty Abarth 124 coupe – report

August 25, 2016

Fiat is reportedly planning a hard-top coupe version of the new 124 Spider, likely to come in as a performance-oriented Abarth model.

Abarth 124 Spider

According to an Autocar report, the coupe won’t feature a removable hard-top roof like the MX-5 RF, although sharing the same underpinnings. Instead, it’s set to be designed as a traditional coupe with fixed C- and B-pillars and a permanent roof.

Details regarding the rear end and how the boot lid works are still a little hazy. Engineers are unlikely to re-engineer the current stubby boot lid in the 124 Spider/MX5, but some speculations suggest it might get a unique hatch tailgate with the rear windscreen integrated. This latter setup might be too expensive though.

Going with a proper coupe layout would allow engineers to push the chassis further in terms of handling performance, with a more rigid structure connecting the front and back. Abarth is likely to infuse some of its sporty suspension components underneath too.

As for power, it’s understood it will come with a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder. Some models might offer 103kW, for some markets, with others potentially getting a boosted version producing up to 132kW or even more. Nothing official has been confirmed yet.

This all seems like the makings of a great little rear-wheel drive driver’s car. Success might depend on pricing, because if it can steal away a few Subaru BRZ (and even upper-spec Toyota 86) buyers it should do very well indeed.

A full reveal has been tipped to take place as soon as next year. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.