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Abarth 124 Spider Confirmed For 2016-17

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After months of speculation, plans for an Abarth 124 Spider have been confirmed!

The classic Fiat 124 Spider that was sold between 1966 & 1980 was known for its timeless bodywork and affordability, and it’s rare to come across one now-a-days as there were only around 200,000 manufactured.

Fiat confirmed in February earlier this year that there will be a new 2016 model of the 124 Spider, and after months of speculation it has been revealed that Abarth are going to provide a performance based model of the car. Fiat’s plan is to offer a comfortable based car and on the other end of the spectrum, have an Abarth model which can leave all the other roadsters in the dust.

The 124 Spider is based on the Mazda MX-5 and is set to be released in 2016. It is also in the ring to compete with the Mini Copper Roadster and Porsche Boxster, however the Italians think they have created something unique altogether, as the car will shine apart from the crowd with a ton of Fiat heritage. It is un-confirmed whether the Fiat model will be a 2-seater or 2+2 setup that was in the classic 124 Spider.

Abarth will combine the elegant Italian design we all know and love with an aggressive edge. From the released images we can see the exterior is modern, sleek and sporty, with a mean body-kit enhanced by racing stripes, black alloy wheels with bright red brake callipers.

The two large chrome exhausts at the back will shine below a carbon-fibre diffuser and the car will have lowered suspension to finish off the overall racing look.

The engine package for the Abarth 124 Spider is un-confirmed, but we think it will be similar to the 1.75-litre turbo-charged engine we have seen in the Alfa Romeo 4C. Roughly putting out 200bhp to the rear wheels with the lightweight chassis will make this car powerful and nimble to drive, perfect for track days!

Abarth are looking to revitalise their performance brand in 2016-17 with the new 124 Spider and Abarth 500 models. They hope to distinguish a whole new level making the cars look and feel extreme and sporty, not just adding a few upgrades.

Keep up-to-date with the latest news at Richard Hardie and pop down to our Silverlink dealership where you can take a look at our current Abarth range.

Richard Hardie Durham Supporting Local Hospice

Richard Hardie Durham Supporting Local Hospice

Posted on: 19th Jan 2018

Both the Sales and Service team at Richard Hardie Durham have helped to support St Cuthbertís Hospice, a local charity offering care services to people with life limiting conditions.

Driving Test Changes In December 2017

Driving Test Changes In December 2017

Posted on: 4th Dec 2017

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have confirmed that from today (Monday 4th December), changes to the driving test are now in effect.

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

Posted on: 15th Nov 2017

With the cold winter days fast approaching and the dark nights now here, driving can be a daunting experience. Whether youíre driving to work, the shops or travelling to a relativeís home for Christmas ensuring your car is in full working condition is essential. Sometimes though, we forget some of the rules of the road during the colder months; rea...

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

Posted on: 26th Oct 2017

Arriving to Richard Hardie Peugeot Centres in January 2018, the All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV is set to make heads turn with its sharp robust design. If you canít wait till January, Richard Hardie Ashington and Durham are holding exclusive preview events in November. See the bottom of this article to book your appointment!