Set to be fully unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show, the new Abarth 124 GT is based on the 124 Spider, but gains a removable hardtop fashioned from carbon-fibre.
Interestingly, the Abarth 124 GT also retains its manually operated soft-top, essentially rendering this Mazda MX-5-based two-seater a roadster and coupé in one. The hardtop can be removed and refitted in what the brand describes as “a few easy steps”, taking a "few minutes".
The carbon-fibre hardtop weighs 16 kg, with Abarth claiming that it “contributes to improving the compactness and overall torsional rigidity of the car”. The hardtop is lined on the inside and has a large rear window complete with defroster function. Abarth says this “guarantees thermal insulation and soundproofing, while ensuring ample rear view”.
Finished in Alpi Orientali Grey livery, the Abarth 124 GT furthermore gains 17-inch OZ ultra-light alloys, side-mirror caps in a gun-metal finish (or optionally red or carbon) and a carbon-fibre rear spoiler.
The 124 GT uses the same turbocharged 1,4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as the Spider, sending 125 kW and 250 N.m to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual or “sports sequential” automatic transmission. A Record Monza exhaust with dual-mode system comes standard.
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