01 Mar 2016
Abarth at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show
- Abarth introduces 124 spider to the world
- The new 2016 racing events calendar
- The official Abarth community "The Scorpionship" opens
- A Mopar area dedicated to Abarth kits, merchandise and accessories on the stand
- Focus also on Abarth 695 Biposto Record and Abarth 595 Competizione
Abarth is making a comeback to the international stage at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show with great news: the debut of Abarth 124 spider. Heir of the roadster that drove Fiat to its first European Rally Championship win in the 1970s, it is a fun, unconventional car destined to become an icon of driving pleasure just like its predecessor. Being a typical Abarth, the new 124 spider is designed for thrills and performance and has all the qualities needed to satisfy even the most difficult-to-please drivers:R rear-wheel drive, sophisticated suspensions and a four-cylinder 1.4 MultiAir Turbo engine with 170 HP under the bonnet available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic Sequenziale Sportivo gearbox with paddle shift. Its style and proportions also express dynamism at its best: streamline silhouette, stretched bonnet, two seats near the rear axle to really "feel" the road. The interior design also reflects the painstaking performance-oriented care for which cars sporting the Scorpion badge are famous while still being packed with safety and comfort equipment.
Abarth 695 Biposto Record
Next to the new Spider, visitors will also discover Abarth 695 Biposto Record, the version created to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of two acceleration records - the quarter mile and 500 metre records - set by Carlo Abarth at the Monza Race Track in 1965. It features an exclusive "Modena Yellow" livery with "Tar Cold Grey" trim and an enamelled "695 Record" badge on the side. Under the bonnet it has a 1.4 T-jet engine, beefed up to 190 HP for genuine performance: it clocks a top speed of 230 km/h and goes from 0 to 100 in 5.9-seconds. This special series comes with many technical features directly taken from racing cars, such as titanium rear light rollbar, 18" alloy wheels, oversized Brembo braking system, Akrapovič exhaust, adjustable hydraulic dampers and mechanical self-locking differential.
Abarth 595 Competizione
Focus will also be on Abarth 595 Competizione, a model that springs from the experience acquired by Abarth engineers on the race track. It is powered by a 1.4 T-Jet 180 HP Euro 6 engine with Garrett turbo-charger and is available with a five-speed manual or an Abarth sequential robotised. Gearbox. The 225 km/h performance car is showcased on the stand sports a Full Black livery.
Races are a fundamental part of the Abarth DNA and the 2016 season will be very busy one for the brand. Events will include the Abarth Trophy, with Abarth 500 Assetto Corse and Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione as the stars of the show, and the Formula 4 championships in Italy and Germany. Furthermore, this year sees the introduction of the Abarth Cup Classics in which the vintage models will be competing for the first time. .
"The Scorpionship", the only Abarth official community dedicated to owners, collectors, Abarth club members and fans, opens on March 1. Everyone can sign up by filling in the specific form on the scorpionship.abarth.com website. The community will be initially operating in Italy, the UK, Germany, Switzerland and France and will be activated across Europe starting from May. "The Scorpionship" members will have access to plenty of exciting advantages, promotions and racing opportunities as well as exclusive invites to meetings for fans.
The details of the Abarth stand in Geneva are reminiscent of the Officine Abarth, made of iron girders, rough concrete and metal floor plates polished by car tyres. For the public, it will be like visiting the real workshop of a mechanic who is working with skilfully dedication on an engine. It is Carlo Abarth's heritage, one of hand-crafted care applied to constant technical progress and performance. Today, Officine Abarth is a place rich in history and is projected far, far into the future: it is the ideal setting for the launch of the new Abarth 124 spider.