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Fiat Abarth 124 Spider updates revealed by FCA North America

By Chris Thompson, 06 Sep 2018 News

Fiat Abarth 124 Spider updates revealed news

US-spec roadsters could indicate local styling changes

A more aggressive look for the 2019 Fiat Abarth 124 Spider could be on the cards for Australia if FCA’s local arm follows the lead set by the US.

While the US has only just added the Record Monza Exhaust to its options list, according to a new press release, Australia has had it as an option since its introduction, and as standard on a limited ‘Monza Edition’ model. A black bonnet option also appears to be a possibility for Australia.

But the US update goes further into design than it does into engineering, and could be a glimpse into what Australia might see soon.

It’s unlikely we’ll see changes in the 125kW/250Nm outputs from the Spider’s 1.4-litre turbo four.

Two option packs, ‘Classica’ and ‘Lusso’, are available for the standard Fiat 124 Spider in the US, while the Abarth encompasses a different level of specification. Classica and Lusso are essentially sports and luxury versions of the base car respectively.

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Another option pack called the ‘Veleno Appearance Group’ adds red exterior mirror caps, a red lower front lip and a red front tow hook. Veleno is Italian for poison, a reference to Abarth’s scorpion connection. New floor mats are also part of this pack.

Some of these features have already been seen in Australia, the Monza Edition features red mirror caps, with special paint options and a different interior treatment. Two-tone black and red leather seats further differentiate the Monza.

A spokesperson for FCA Australia tells MOTOR there’s no word yet on whether the options will make it to Australia as permanent additions to the range.