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Abarth adds hard-top for 124 GT. Image by Abarth.

Abarth adds hard-top for 124 GT
Geneva debut for the Abarth 124 GT, a Spider with a 16kg carbon-fibre roof and natty OZ wheels.
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What's all this about?

We love the Abarth 124 Spider, so a new model of this Italian sports roadster is most welcome. Thus, say hello to the 124 GT.

Er, is this just an Abarth 124 with an optional hard-top?

Well, the hard-top is part of the specification list, but yes, in essence that's what we're looking at. The GT's solid roof is interesting, though, because it's made entirely of carbon fibre (save for the glass screen with a heating element) and therefore it only weighs 16kg. That makes it easy to remove and fit when you want to, meaning you have the roadster for the sunny weather and a pseudo-coupe for less clement conditions.

But the roof is all that's changed, right?

No, there's more. The 124 GT also boasts 17-inch OZ Ultra-Light alloy wheels that are a useful 3kg lighter than the standard Abarth 124 rims, plus a gunmetal effect for the front spoiler and door mirrors. Optionally, the rear spoiler, door mirrors and that fancy new roof can be specified in exposed carbon fibre, or you can have the bonnet in matte black and the mirrors in red, if you so wish. Other than that, the GT has the same 170hp/250Nm turbo four engine of the 124 Spider, which means a top speed of 143mph and a 6.8-second 0-62mph time. A six-speed manual is standard fit, as is the naughty Record Monza exhaust of the regular Abarth 124, while a Sports Sequential Esseesse gearbox is offered as an alternative transmission choice.

Any more cars on Abarth's Geneva stand?

Yes, the Abarth 695 Rivale will be making its motor show debut, having first appeared at a watch event in London. We've already talked about this madcap 180hp convertible, of course, so you can read all about that on the helpful link we've provided. Aren't we nice?

Matt Robinson - 1 Mar 2018

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