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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Abarth launches the new 124 Spider hard top for use in Italian Rallying during 2017.

The brilliant new Abarth 124 rally will be one of the highlights of the Abarth stand at this week’s (12-15 January) Autosport International 2017 show.
The red and yellow liveried, hard-top rally car will make a welcome addition to the Abarth stand’s line-up, displaying its irresistible blend of great looks, lightweight chassis, advanced racing technology and 300hp twin cam turbo direct injection engine.
The Abarth 124 rally is a real sports car, set up and tuned directly by Abarth and sold race-ready to interested teams or individuals. This year, the Abarth 124 rally Trophy organised by Abarth will consist of seven rallies* – six on road and one on loose surface – all within the Italian Rally Championship.
The rear wheel drive 124 rally has a character and uniqueness of its own, and features:
  • A lightweight set-up with a perfect weight distribution
  • A powerful and reliable high performance engine
  • Six-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shift
  • Mechanical self-locking differential
  • Quick turn in with no understeer
  • Superb traction in every condition
  • Ease of management for teams, with competitive running costs
Alongside the 124 rally, Abarth’s show stand (Hall 20, Stand 2660) will also reveal the new Abarth 595 Elaboration kits: an Abarth 595 145hp will feature, fitted with a Kit Elaborazione 160hp.
This kit is a new performance upgrade pack which allows customers to boost the power of their existing 145hp Abarth 595 up to 160hp through an ECU upgrade. The pack also contains a series of uprated components to further enhance the car’s performance, including:
  • BMC air filter
  • 4 x Koni shock absorbers
  • 4 x Red Eibach lowered springs
  • Front Ferodo HP 1000/1 brake pads
  • Exterior Abarth Elaborazione badging
Additional Abarth kits and accessories will also be shown, including an upgrade pack for the 595 Turismo 165hp.The Kit Elaborazione 180hp boosts power from 165hp to 180hp and in addition to the ECU upgrade, includes the following uprated components:
  • 2 x front Koni shock absorbers
  • 2 x front floating drilled Brembo brake discs with calipers
  • Front Ferodo HP 1000/1 brake pads
  • Exterior Abarth Elaborazione badging
Meanwhile, outside Autosport International’s main exhibition hall, visitors will have the opportunity to appreciate the dynamic abilities of the Abarth 595 first hand in the Abarth Autotest.
“Abarth and Autosport International are a perfect match,” says Gerry Southerington, brand manager, Abarth UK. ”Autosport International is the ideal venue to launch our new Elaboration kits and we are really pleased to be able to offer visitors the opportunity to get behind the wheel of an Abarth 595 in our Autotest”
Abarth prices start at £15,090 OTR for the 595 1.4 TJet 145hp Manual rising to £22,290 OTR for the 1.4 TJet 595C Competizione 180hp Manual.
2017 calendar of Abarth 124 rally Trophy Events:
  • 19 March                 
40th Rally del Ciocco
  • 2 April                     
64th Rallye Sanremo
  • 23 April                   
101st Targa Florio
  • 14 May                    
24th Rally Adriatico
  • 4 June                      
50th Rally del Salento
  • 17 September
Rally di Roma Capitale
  • 15 October              
35th Rally Due Valli