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Abarth 124 GT hard top to debut at Geneva Motor Show

By Chris Thompson, 02 Mar 2018 News

Abarth 124 GT headed to Geneva Motor Show

Solid-topped version of Abarth’s convertible revealed ahead of Geneva Motor Show

A hard top version of the convertible Abarth 124 Spider is due to debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the Italian brand has revealed.

Fitted with the same turbo 1.4-litre four pot as the current 124, the GT will still produce 125kW/250Nm for a 0-100km/h sprint of 6.8 seconds.

It comes with the option of 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic sports gearbox, as the standard car does, and comes with a more vocal Monza exhaust as standard.

The Monza can change the path of the exhaust gas according to engine rpm, which Abarth says “generates a satisfying, deep roar.”

Rally-prepped Abarth 124 Spider R-GT hits the tarmac

But the main difference the GT bears is, of course, its hard top roof.

Abarth says it weighs just 16kg, and that it actually improves the “torsional rigidity of the car.”

“Importantly, it can be removed and refitted in a few easy steps.

“This means being able to switch from open-air thrills to the bold grand-tourer-style, which has always been a key part of the DNA of the Abarth brand, in a few minutes.”

Abarth will also debut a new version of the 695, called Rivale.

The 695 Rivale was developed in conjunction with Italian yacht builder Riva, with Abarth calling it “the perfect blend of elegance and performance.”

It has the same 1.4-litre turbo engine as the likes of the 595C Competizione, with 132kW and 250Nm.

Abarth says it’ll hit 100km/h in a tenth less than the 124 GT, 6.7 seconds.

Primarily a styling edition, the Akrapović exhaust and Koni suspension system with adjustable damping are the features enthusiasts are most likely to appreciate.