Fiat Abarth 124 GT to Debut in Geneva With Carbon-Fiber Hard Top

Fiat is spicing up its 124 lineup with two special edition models that will be revealed at the Geneva International motor show in March.

Painted in exclusive Alpi Orientali Grey exterior paint, the 124 Abarth GT will come with the traditional convertible soft top but will also include a lightweight hard top made entirely of carbon fiber that creates an appealing profile. The hard top weighs just over 35 pounds, is lined on the inside, and has a rear window with a defroster. Fiat claims the hardtop can be removed and reinstalled in a few easy steps.

The Abarth 124 GT also features 17-inch OZ Ultra-Light alloy wheels that are about 6.6 pounds lighter than the standard wheels. A matte black hood and a carbon-fiber rear spoiler are optional. A Gunmetal front spoiler matches the Gunmetal mirror caps, but the mirrors can also be had in red or carbon fiber.

Fiat 124 Spider S-Design

Also debuting in Geneva is the Fiat 124 Spider S-Design, a limited edition model only available on the Lusso trim. The model features polished steel roll bars, unique 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels, a tricolor rear badge, and a lower red side stripe.

Both 124 special editions will debut alongside the 500 Abarth 695 Rivale special edition, the 500X S-Design, Tipio S-Design, and the 500 Mirror edition family (500, 500X, 500L). These special edition models will not reach our shores but there is a chance Fiat will bring over similarly equipped models eventually.

The 2018 Fiat 124 is available in Classica, Lusso, and Abarth trims and is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter I-4 engine that produces 160 hp (164 in the Abarth trim) and 184 lb-ft of torque. That engine can be paired with either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. Currently, the only special edition model is the Red Top edition that features a soft-top in Bordeaux Red.

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2018 All-Stars Contender: Ferrari GTC4Lusso T

Even before we drove it, this “differently shaped” four-seat Ferrari had earned our thumbs-up simply for its bravura uniqueness. “I love wagons!” pro racer and contributor Andy Pilgrim summed up—though the Lusso T is about as far from a Wagon Queen Family Truckster as Clark W. Griswold could get.

Ferrari first unveiled the V-12, all-wheel-drive GTC4Lusso as an improved follow-up to the FF—popular for family skiing getaways among Europe’s well-heeled St. Moritz set. Now comes the more “affordable” Lusso T—which drops the normally aspirated V-12 in favor of a turbocharged V-8 and trades the AWD system for a simpler rear-drive setup (and a claimed weight savings of 121 pounds).

The result is a prancing horse of a slightly different color. You’ll save about $45K picking the V-8 over the V-12. Range improves by about 30 percent. And there’s a bit more liveliness in the Lusso T’s sprightlier front end (though you won’t enjoy the same traction on slippery surfaces).

Otherwise, the two cars are remarkably similar. The speed is still there: Ferrari claims the Lusso T is just one-tenth slower to 60 mph than the V-12 (and the turbo V-8 makes a lot more torque). The shifter is the same brilliant seven-speed dual-clutch unit. The cockpit is the same sumptuous space of rich Italian leather. Said Pilgrim: “I’d buy a can of air freshener if it smelled like the Lusso’s interior.” And, yes, you really can fit two full-size adults in those rear seats.

There were some complaints, though. “Nice-looking machine, but it really doesn’t say ‘Ferrari’ to me,” said design editor Rober Cumberford. “Its steering is too quick and self-centering,” added contributor Marc Noordeloos, while fellow contributor Basem Wasef noted, “It’s entrancing on the road, but on the track I wanted to like it more. Shouldn’t every Ferrari acquit itself on the circuit?”

Did our judges find the 2018 GTC4Lusso T to be Ferrari enough to give it a 2018 All-Stars trophy? Find out on Saturday, March 10, when we announce the winners at the 2018 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance—and right here on automobilemag.com.

2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T Specifications

PRICE $260,750/$352,680 (base/as tested)
ENGINE 3.9L DOHC 32-valve twin-turbo V-8/602 hp @ 6,500 rpm, 561 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm
TRANSMISSION 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
LAYOUT 2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, RWD wagon
EPA MILEAGE 15/21 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H 193.8 x 78.0 x 54.4 in
WHEELBASE 117.1 in
WEIGHT 4,110 lb
0-60 MPH 3.4 sec (est)
TOP SPEED 199 mph
































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Solid Lid: Fiat Shows Off Abarth 124 GT with Removable Carbon-Fiber Hardtop

Two years after unveiling the Fiat 124 Spider-based Abarth 124 Rally at the 2016 Geneva auto show, the Italian brand is pulling the wraps off of the Rally-inspired Abarth 124 GT at this year’s event. And like the race car that preceded it, the 124 GT adopts an available removable hardtop that promises to improve the roadster’s structural rigidity without compromising day-to-day usability. 

Weighing in at a claimed 35 pounds, the carbon-fiber hardtop accompanies a handful of additional GT-specific items, including 17-inch O.Z. wheels that weigh approximately 6.5 pounds less than the standard units, gray-painted exterior mirror caps (carbon-fiber or red caps also are available), and an optional carbon-fiber rear spoiler. Like all road-going Abarth 124 Spiders, the GT maintains a standard folding soft top beneath the removable lid, and its turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four good for 170 horses can be paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

There’s no word yet, however, whether Fiat fans in the States will be able to get the Abarth 124 GT or its carbon-fiber hardtop.

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