Implementing its policy of promoting continual brand growth on a global level, Abarth’s presence at the 2017 Dubai International Motorshow showcases three models – Abarth 695 Rivale Cabrio, Abarth 124 Spider and Abarth 595 Competizione – representing the range of the brand with the Scorpion badge which is being officially launched in the Middle East and North Africa. It is an important moment for the prestigious Italian brand which boasts a long and glorious racing and rally history and a further step forward in the Abarth expansion strategy with a sole mission: to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary by offering the best products in the compact sports car segment.
The three attractive cars on show give visitors from around the Middle East the chance to learn more about the values of the brand, which are based on top performance, craftsmanship and continual technical upgrades. These three values guide the work of the Abarth designers, engineers and technicians who create the compact supercars with the Scorpion badge engaged every day on the road and on the racing track.
The same enthusiasm fires the many fans worldwide who share the ideology as founder Karl Abarth and follow the many motorsports appointments in which Abarth racing cars star. It’s not by chance that races are a key element of the past and present of this renowned Italian brand, as demonstrated by the tried and tested Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione and Abarth 595 OT (Omologata Turismo), not to mention the Abarth 124 rally, which debuted this season, and the Formula 4 cars – equipped with the 1.4 Turbo T-Jet engine derived from the one used on Abarth street-legal and race cars – that are competing in the UAE Championship.
Abarth 124 Spider
An exclusive automotive expression of Italian lifestyle, the new Abarth 124 Spider is an adrenaline-fuelled, unconventional car that’s destined to become an icon of driving satisfaction and is sure to excite everyone who gets behind the wheel.
Derived from the best roadster platform, the most successful in automotive history, the new Abarth 124 Spider has been further developed by Squadra Corse Abarth to guarantee the bold dynamics and driving joy of a true roadster. Its technical excellence is focused on handling quality with a standard mechanical self-locking differential. Typically found in top-of-the-range sports cars, this emphasises the personality of the new Abarth 124 Spider.
The weight is concentrated between the axles and the engine is installed behind the front axle to guarantee optimal agility and superior driving feel. Sophisticated mechanics and special materials have been used to contain the weight to just 1,060 kgs. This results in a weight-to-power ratio of 6.2 kg/hp, the best in its category. Furthermore, the optimal weight distribution guarantees genuine, exciting response.
A powerful, ultra-reliable 1.4 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with MultiAir technology throbs under the bonnet. It delivers 170 horsepower (about 124 hp per litre) and 250 Nm of torque: it has a top speed of 229 km/h and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds paired with a six-speed Esseesse Sports Sequential automatic transmission. What’s more, since the engine sound is a fundamental element of all Abarth cars, standard equipment includes a Record Monza exhaust with Dual Mode system capable of modifying the path of the exhaust gas according to pressure, guaranteeing linear torque and power delivery and generating a satisfying, deep roar at the same time. The suspension of the Abarth 124 Spider features high double wishbone suspension on the front and a five-arm multi-link on the rear. The set-up is calibrated specifically to increase stability on corners and enhance compression braking. Steering feedback is optimised by adopting a specific sports calibration of the power steering system.
The new Abarth 124 Spider is also decked out with a host of state-of-the-art active and passive safety devices. In addition to ABS, standard equipment includes EBD, for adjusting front and rear axle brake force distribution to optimise braking distances and guarantee control in all load conditions of the car. Of course, ESC, for optimal control in all driving conditions, particularly the most critical, is also standard. All these devices can be set to two levels or completely deactivated for driving on the race track allowing the driver to exploit the outstanding balancing and dynamic features of Abarth 124 Spider to the fullest and enjoy an unadulterated and direct driving feeling.
Abarth DNA is also evident on the interiors of both models, with an overall focus aimed at guaranteeing perfect ergonomics. Leather seats are both supportive and comfortable to keep the driver in the ideal position, as low and retracted as possible to be able to perceive all sideways movements of the car. And all of the controls are perfectly in keeping with the sporty set-up of the car – the position of the pedal board, the vertical steering wheel and the short gear stick make for a fully enthralling driving experience. The dashboard features a large tachometer with red background arranged in central position facing the driver and a keyless start system.
Comfort is guaranteed by leather seats (as standard) and excellent soundproofing afforded by the noise deadening windscreen, rear window and double-layer top. The latter is designed to be opened and closed with one hand from the driver’s seat in a few seconds. Once folded behind the seats it does not occupy space in the boot.
Both cars on show are equipped with the Sound Plus Pack, which includes radio 7” touchscreen and a sophisticated Bose audio system with subwoofer and eight speakers, two of which integrated in the head restraints for a perfect listening experience. The Visibility Plus Pack features full LED automatic self-levelling headlights, LED daytime running lights, rain sensor, dust sensor, headlight washer and rear parking sensors.
Finally, the colour range includes the pastel “Turini 1975 White” and “Costa Brava 1972 Red” shades, together with the metallic “San Marino 1972 Black”, “Hessen 1972 Blue”, and “Eastern Alps 1974 Grey” colours – all names chosen to pay tribute to the Brand’s prestige successes in the rallying world.