Fiat recently confirmed that they are working on a rival to the Mazda MX-5 roadster and it will be called the Fiat 124 Spider. Now they have also confirmed that for all Abarth fans, a high performance version of the 124 Spider is also being developed. Thus there will be two variants, a comfortable Fiat model and an extreme Abarth model.

The car could feature performance elements like carbon fibre splitter, sporty exhaust pipes, lowered suspension, Abarth alloy wheels and paint scheme. The car is expected to be powered by a detuned version of Alfa Romeo 4C’s 1.75 litre turbocharged engine and it will produce around 200 HP. The sports car is expected to weigh less than a tonne.

The Abarth version of the 124 Spider will compete against the Porsche Boxster. However, in the absence of a performance oriented Mazda MX-5, a direct rival will be absent. This should benefit the Italian company the drive up sales.

Abarth is all set to enter India next month with the 500 Competizione. Fiat should launch both the variants of the 124 Spider in India. As the Mazda MX-5 is not on sale here, there is no direct rival to the car.

Source: Auto Express

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