By Mike Torpey on 2016-06-09 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
Abarth sets price
for new roadster
THE new Abarth 124 spider will cost from £29,565 when it arrives later this summer.
That tab is for the 1.4 TJet 170bhp manual version of the two-seater roadster which marks the return of the spider badge to Abarth and is the natural heir of the original model launched in 1972.
Equipped with a four-cylinder MultiAir Turbo engine, the newcomer can blast from 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds and has a top speed of 143mph.
And as the sound of the engine really matters in an Abarth, the Record Monza exhaust comes as standard.
The spider is available with a six-speed manual or the automatic Sequenziale Sportivo gearbox, the latter with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts.
Abarth says each car is tested and certified by one of the company's own technicians, who applies a metal plaque showing the sequential number of each car - so it's a unique number for every customer.
Five body colours are up for grabs and standard equipment includes climate control, cruise control, electrically-folding door mirrors and 7-inch colouran infotainment set-up DAB radio, MP3 player, two USB ports, AUX input and Bluetooth.
There is also a stereo with four speakers while, for superior sound quality, a Bose premium sound system with nine speakers, including dual headrest speakers on both seats and a subwoofer, is available as an option along with sat-nav.
Full pricing sees the Abarth 124 spider 1.4 TJet 170bhp manual costing £29,565, with an extra £2,040 for automatic.
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