Will The Abarth 124 Spider Be Hot Enough To Make Mazda Fanboys Switch Sides?

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It's set to debut at Geneva, so we'll soon see.

There's a lot going on at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, but don't sleep on the Abarth 124 Spider. Fiat's EMEA region chief operating officer Alfredo Altavilla told the Italian paper Corriere Della Sera the tuned roadster would debut there. “[There’s also] European preview for the Fiat 124 Spider, exposed alongside the Abarth 124 Spider,” he said. The 124 is based on the Mazda MX-5 but has a sharper look. It packs a 1.4-liter turbo-four and makes 160 horsepower, five more than the naturally aspirated Miata.

The Abarth version is expected to come with a detuned version of the Alfa Romeo 4C's engine, producing anywhere from 170-200 horsepower. “The Geneva Motor Show will be an unprecedented event for FCA, the most significant in years,” Altavilla said. “We expose news for all brands in the group, completing the Fiat Tipo family with two other models, the five-door and station wagon, which mark our return in the most important category of the European market, the C-segment that is chosen by families.” In addition to the hotter 124 Spider FCA has other important debuts, including the new Maserati Levante SUV and an updated Alfa Romeo Giuletta.

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