And that's a shame.
We recently learned that a Fiat 124 Spider and 124 Abarth successor is unlikely. Based on the current generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Fiat 124 features unique front and rear-end styling along with a different engine, sourced directly from Fiat. Although we don't know for how much longer Fiat's niche roadster will be around, the Italian-American automaker is offering a new "Scorpion Sting" appearance package for the 2020 Fiat 124 Abarth in honor of the 70th anniversary of Abarth and the 120th anniversary of Fiat.
Priced at $395, this package includes the iconic Abarth scorpion as a hood decal along with low-mounted Rosso red side stripes, which also feature a scorpion. Regardless of which 124 Spider one opts for, all come powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four with 164 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Power is directed to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission.
Other exterior styling items available for the 124 Abarth is the Veleno Appearance package for $495 which includes red exterior mirror caps, red lower fascia lip and red front tow hook, and Abarth-branded floor mats. The 124 Spider Classica trim can also receive the Double Rally Stripe and Retro Stripe for $295. If enhanced sound is your thing, then for $995 124 Abarth buyers can tack on the Record Monza exhaust.
It's also worth noting that since the Fiat 500 is no more in the US, the 500 Abarth is also a goner. This means the 124 Abarth is the sole vehicle in Fiat's lineup to have this distinction.
At the same time, these new decals also confirm the Fiat 124 Spider and 124 Abarth will live on at least through the 2020 model year. Last year, a total of 3,515 124 Spiders were sold in the US, down from 4,478 the year prior. So far this year, sales are down by 19 percent. It will be a shame to see another sports car, particularly a roadster, bow out of the US market.