We’re big fans of the 124 Spider, either in Fiat ‘sensible but fun mode’ or the slightly more lairy Abarth. Being based on the Mazda Mx-5 let’s be fair FCA really couldn’t go wrong, wrapped up in an Italian suit it makes the donor Mx-5 look a bit out of date, in our humble opinion. The only drawback is you can no longer buy the 124 Spider from your local Fiat/Abarth dealer, new that is, after FCA took the decision earlier this year to pull the 124 from the UK market. A real missed opportunity, the 124 Spider didn’t hit the heights it could in the UK thanks to serious lack of promotion and marketing but hey-ho that’s the way it goes sometimes?!
However that said you can buy yourself a nearly new 124 and if you haven’t test drove one yet we would highly recommend it, your only decision would be Fiat or Abarth? Well as we say the Fiat is perhaps the more sensible and stylish of the two, whereas the Abarth version is a little louder, a bit more brash and pays homage to Abarth’s rally heritage with it’s blacked out bonnet and overall design.
However if you don’t want the Rally inspired Abarth version maybe this would tick your boxes, more track based than made for flying over the rough stuff. What we have here is a render by Hugosilvadesigns, the South American artist has taken the Abarth 124 GT and set it up for the track. yet it’s widebody kit still manages to compliment the Italian styling.
Word was, not that long ago that FCA was considering a one make track series for the Abarth 124 and they could well take some cues from this render if they decided to revisit the idea. The 124 GT has a carbon roof, so naturally using more carbon fibre around the lower body on the sports car with the skirts and diffuser works well. We particularly like those white OZ Racing alloy wheels which set it off brilliantly. There is no word on any power upgrade, after all just being a render no fine details like that are required but hats off to Hugosilvadesigns we think this 124 looks awesome.
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