The small roadster will start from $41,990 (including on-road costs) or a driveaway price of $43,500, making it roughly $4,000 more than the range-topping version of the Mazda MX-5 (ND) upon which it’s based and a whopping $10,000 more than the base Mazda roadster.
Abarth is only one specification is available for the 124 Spider with the only showroom option being the choice between a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, which adds a further $2,000.
Under the bonnet sits a 1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir four-cylinder petrol engine that churns out 125kW and 250Nm which is a healthy chunk more than the 2.0-litre naturally aspirated unit in the Mazda.
The turbocharged characteristic makes a more pronounced mark on the 124 Spider as torque is more readily available in the mid band whereas the Mazda’s SkyActiv-G unit requires more wringing to extract the most from it.
This results in a quicker 0-100km/h sprint time for the Abarth at 6.8 seconds, which interestingly is level for both the manual and automatic versions of the 1060kg convertible. It comes with a standard limited-slip differential, a sports tuned suspension, Brembo front brakes, 17-inch wheels, and Bilstein shock absorbers.
The 124 Spider’s interior also has a touch more comforts than the Mazda alternative with materials such as Alcantara and a wider spread of leather dressed on most surfaces.
CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Australia Steve Zanlunghi, said upon the car’s launch: "The Abarth 124 Spider is not just an amazing performance vehicle, but the return of one of the world's most iconic nameplates to Australian roads.”
”And we're thrilled to reveal today that the most powerful vehicle in its class will offer incredible value in Australia, regardless of whether it’s in the performance-packed Abarth 124 Spider or the commemorative Launch Editions."