Abarth 124 GT unveiled


We're rather fond of the Abarth 124 here at PH. The longertermer we ran certainly did a lot to improve on a decidedly underwhelming first impression, and left us with a soft spot for the raucous roadster.

Not necessarily a roadster anymore, however; Abarth today announcing the release of the 124 GT. This new model will come with a removable carbon fibre hardtop - a first for the segment - adding just 16kg to the standard car's 1,060kg kerb weight. Lined with heat and sound insulating material, and with rear demisters fitted, the roof is intended to bring a touch more refinement to the rowdiness.


It does raise a couple of questions though. The first being would you really want a hardtop 124? During our time with the car, the elegantly simple manual folding roof was one of the highlights of the package, offering instant access to a world of top down, wind-in-your-hair motoring. Where extra refinement was required was not up top but underneath, and taking that split-second convertibility away takes a good deal of the car's appeal with it.

Second, and perhaps more importantly, the GT's roof must be stored separately when not in use. This differentiates it from the folding metal hardtop of the Mazda MX-5 RF, which isn't so cumbersome, and even the limited run launch edition models of that car topped out at £28,995, at least £3,000 less than the 124 GT will cost.

A slab of carbon fibre won't be all you get for your money though, slightly more grown-up styling signifies the car's range-topping status, while a set of lightweight OZ wheels reclaim 3kg of the sixteen added by the roof. Performance will remain the same, however, the 1.4-litre turbocharged engine still producing 170hp and 184lb ft of torque, for a 0-62mph time of 6.8 seconds and a 144mph top speed.

There's no word yet on exactly when the car will arrive in UK showrooms, but more details are expected at Abarth's Geneva press conference next week. We'll be sure to keep you up to date.

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  • HardMiles 01 Mar 2018

    Needed to have the magic 200bhp licked to gain more followers. Looks nice, but a BMW GT car from the 70’s with an auto box can manage 7 seconds to 60mph, it’s just not special enough...

  • Trevor555 01 Mar 2018

    I applaud these cars.

    Nice lightweight fun car with a combustion engine.

    Will we be able to buy something like this in 5 years time?

  • Riverside Red 01 Mar 2018

    Had a Honda S2000GT for 7 years with a hard top, brought it home with the hard top in place and the next time the hard top went on was 7 years later to sell it..........really bulky to store even with the fabulously engineered stand!

    RR

  • treeroy 01 Mar 2018

    HardMiles said:
    Needed to have the magic 200bhp licked to gain more followers. Looks nice, but a BMW GT car from the 70’s with an auto box can manage 7 seconds to 60mph, it’s just not special enough...
    why does a 0-60 time matter? Do you launch all your cars from a stand still when you go on to an A road?

    My MX-5 did 0-60 in like 8 seconds and it was the most fun Ive ever had. Numbers really mean very little.

  • Jim the Sunderer 01 Mar 2018

    HardMiles said:
    Needed to have the magic 200bhp licked to gain more followers. Looks nice, but a BMW GT car from the 70’s with an auto box can manage 7 seconds to 60mph, it’s just not special enough...
    This sort of car isn't about straight line speed.

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