The Mazda-based two-seat, rear-drive roadster is coming soon to Australia with likely an identical spec sheet to the variant released in Europe.
Australia has been waiting patiently for the arrival of Mazda MX-5-based Abarth 124 Spider, and while the local release is still a possible few months away, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia (FCAA) wants to remind us that it is indeed on the way.
They have launched a web page that gives a wider peek at the forthcoming roadster that, while not revealing any new details, does confirm what was already highly suspected about the car once it makes its regional debut.
Just like its European brethren, the version sold here would be packing Fiat’s turbocharged 1.4-litre MultAir engine in place of the naturally aspirated 2.0-litre engine found in the Mazda. The Abarth’s engine outputs 125kW and, crucially, 250Nm of torque for a more unhurried power delivery.
While we won’t place bets as to which one is the better approach, it certainly is a contrast to the MX-5’s rev-hungry nature and the effect it has on what the car expects from its driver.
However, aside from the engine, the 124 Spider naturally shares a lot with the MX-5. In case you were not aware, Mazda actually builds them in Hiroshima before shipping them off to Abarth for them to have their own way with it.
Abarth claims the 124 Spider, which tips the scale at just over 1,100kg including the driver, is able to deliver a 0-100km/h sprint time in 6.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 230km/h. Like the MX-5, it shares a limited-slip rear differential.
It’s not clear if FCAA will offer the 124 Spider with the accessories that was made available when it made its European market debut, but those details will be likely to emerge once the local launch date nears and/or is confirmed.