Abarth has revealed the 124 GT ahead of its official unveiling at the Geneva motor show.
The GT gets a removable carbon-fibre hard-top roof that weighs 16kg and is lined on the inside. It, however, has to be stored separately when not in use, unlike the Mazda MX-5 RF’s folding hard-top.
The hard-top roof adds rigidity to the car’s chassis, although Abarth hasn’t specified by how much. The carbon-fibre construction is a market first. The 124GT is equipped with demisters in the rear window, insulation, and soundproofing as well.
It also gets a tweaked styling and exclusive parts like lightweight OZ alloys.
Performance is unchanged – the same 1.4-litre turbocharged engine gives 170hp and 249Nm of torque, equating to unchanged acceleration to 100kph in 6.8sec and a top speed of 230kph. In terms of weight, the standard 124 weighs 1,060kg, while the GT is at 1,073kg.
Abarth is expected to commence sales of the 124 GT in the UK market before the end of the year. It’s likely to command a small premium over the standard 124.