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Abarth 124 Rally Tribute, 595 esseesse revealed

Abarth has revealed the 124 Rally Tribute and 595 esseesse as part of the company's 70th anniversary celebrations. The Italian performance brand's new models each have a unique flavour, which are both claimed to be "authentic expressions of the brand's racing soul and its glorious past in motorsport"...

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Abarth 124 Spider nabs Guinness World Record
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Abarth 124 Spider nabs Guinness World Record

The Abarth 124 Spider is now a Guinness World Record holder, teaming up with stunt driver Alastair Moffatt to achieve the feat. Piloting a standard 124 Spider, Moffatt completed five figure eight maneuvers in succession between two other Abarth 124 Spiders, in a record 45.66 seconds...


Abarth 124 GT, Fiat S-Design models revealed
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Abarth 124 GT, Fiat S-Design models revealed

Abarth has unveiled a special-edition hardtop version of the 124 Spider, ahead of a full reveal in Geneva next week. Unlike the Mazda MX-5/Miata-aping soft-top on regular 124 Spiders, the GT packs a removable carbon-fibre hardtop and a number of lightweight touches around its exterior. Abarth says the roof, which weighs just 16kg, helps improve the "compactness" and torsional rigidity of the car...


FCA enters resto-mod world with 'Reloaded by Creators' program
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FCA enters resto-mod world with 'Reloaded by Creators' program

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has joined the crowd of manufacturers giving old cars a new lease on life, launching the Reloaded by Creators program. Unlike some other manufacturers, FCA won't be building old cars from scratch. Instead, the company will buy "carefully selected" used vehicles and treat them to an exacting restoration...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 10, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 10, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2017 Abarth 124 Spider: Sharp launch pricing thanks to last-minute local finishing plans
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2017 Abarth 124 Spider: Sharp launch pricing thanks to last-minute local finishing plans

The all-new Abarth 124 Spider has gone on sale with a $43,500 drive-away price, but it took the timely application of some last-minute common sense for the Japanese-built Italian car to be positioned at such a sharp point. Originally, all Abarth 124 Spiders were destined to leave the Mazda factory in Hiroshima, Japan (the 124 is based on the Mazda MX-5) and head to Turin, Italy for final tuning and modifications, before then being sent all the way back to Australia...


2017 Abarth 124 Spider pricing revealed: MX-5's turbo cousin here from October
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2017 Abarth 124 Spider pricing revealed: MX-5's turbo cousin here from October

The 2017 Abarth 124 Spider will hit Australia in October with a $41,990 starting price, the company has confirmed today, and a guaranteed drive-away price of $43,500 for the six-speed manual model. The first 100 examples will also be sold as 'launch editions', adding contrasting bumper inserts, tow-hook covers and mirror caps, along with a "[x] of 100" build plate in the cockpit...


Abarth 124 Rally R-GT gets sideways in driving tests - video
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Abarth 124 Rally R-GT gets sideways in driving tests - video

A new video shows the Abarth 124 Rally R-GT - the rally car version of the upcoming Abarth 124 Spider - snarling and popping as it speeds around some tight corners. First revealed at this year’s Geneva motor show, the Abarth 124 Rally has been homologated for the FIA R-GT series, fitted with a roll cage and a composite hardtop in place of the road car’s manually-operated soft top...


Fiat releases Oz performance specs for Abarth 124 Spider
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Fiat releases Oz performance specs for Abarth 124 Spider

The renaissance of Fiat’s legendary 124 is edging ever closer with Fiat Chrysler Australia today confirming more performance specs for its 2017 Abarth 124 Spider due to hit Aussie roads in October. While full specifications and pricing are still to be confirmed, FCA today revealed the Abarth 124 Spider will be powered - as expected - by a 1...


Abarth/Fiat 124 coupe under development - report UPDATE
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Abarth/Fiat 124 coupe under development - report UPDATE

Update - This article originally stated the Abarth 124 Spider would be released in Australia in October 2017, however the local launch is scheduled for October 2016. See article for details The Abarth/Fiat 124 Spider could be joined by a fixed-roof coupe variant in as little a year’s time, according to a new report out of the UK...


Fiat Argentina withdraws sexist handbook from new cars
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Fiat Argentina withdraws sexist handbook from new cars

A sexist booklet supplied with new Fiat vehicles in Argentina has been withdrawn after an online outcry and criticism from women's rights groups that it was misogynistic. According to Associated Press, the "Good Use Handbook" was distributed along with the operating manual in new Fiat cars sold in Argentina...


Abarth 124 Spider confirmed for Australia, Fiat version ruled out
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Abarth 124 Spider confirmed for Australia, Fiat version ruled out

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia (FCA) has confirmed it will bring only the Abarth 124 Spider flagship roadster to our market, leaving the regular Fiat model off the local schedule. Unveiled at March’s Geneva motor show, the top-shelf Abarth-enhanced version of the new 124 Spider, itself based on Mazda’s new MX-5, is powered by a turbocharged 1...


Abarth 124 Spider and 124 Rally unveiled
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Abarth 124 Spider and 124 Rally unveiled

The hotly anticipated Abarth 124 Spider has been revealed at this week's Geneva motor show, alongside the Abarth 124 Rally prototype. Abarth's take on the Fiat 124 Spider features a revised version of that car's 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. In the Abarth, the 1.4-litre motor generates 127kW of power and 250Nm of torque...


Sports cars coming in 2016
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Sports cars coming in 2016

Sports cars coming in 2016 Ford Mustang – January Ferrari 488 GTB – March Lotus Evora 400 – Q1 McLaren 570S – Q1 Audi R8 – Q2 Ferrari 488 Spider – Q2 Ferrari F12 tdf – Q2 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 – Q2 Porsche 911 Carrera 4/Carrera 4S – Q2 Porsche 911 Targa 4/Targa 4S – Q2 Lotus Elise Sport/Sport 220 – mid 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo/Turbo S – Q2/Q3 Fiat 124 Spider – Q3 Lotus Exige Sport 350 coupe – Q3 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class – Q3 Aston Martin DB11 – Q4...


2016 Fiat New Cars
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2016 Fiat New Cars

Details of the new and updated Fiat models launching in Australia in 2016.   Fiat 500 and 500C – Q1 The updated Fiat 500 and 500C will bring their cutesy cool style to the Australian market in the first quarter of the year. The styling updates to the 2016 Fiat 500 are relatively limited, with revised bumpers and a simple but stylish update to the lighting at both ends...


Fiat 124 Spider Abarth on its way: Hot roadster spied testing
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Fiat 124 Spider Abarth on its way: Hot roadster spied testing

Plans are underway for the production of a performance-orientated Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, with the Italian company set to expand the sub-brand’s offerings. CarAdvice believes that the launch of the Mazda MX-5-based Fiat 124 Spider next year will be followed by a performance version of the two-seat roadster with a more powerful engine, retuned suspension and other assorted Abarth enhancements...


Fiat 124 Spider not just a "badge-engineered" MX-5
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Fiat 124 Spider not just a "badge-engineered" MX-5

The upcoming Fiat 124 Spider is not merely a badge-engineered Mazda MX-5, according to the boss of Fiat Australia. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new Fiat 500X in Sydney yesterday, Pat Dougherty said the perception that the 124 Spider is just an MX-5 in a different guise is not true...


Fiat 124 Spider revealed ahead of Australian launch
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Fiat 124 Spider revealed ahead of Australian launch

The reborn 2016 Fiat 124 Spider, perhaps the most hotly anticipated model confirmed for this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show, has now been unveiled. It started life as an Alfa Romeo, confirmed way back in early 2012 as a platform sharing and manufacturing tie-up between the Fiat Chrysler group and Mazda...


Fiat 124 Spider outed in revealing new photos
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Fiat 124 Spider outed in revealing new photos

The reborn 2016 Fiat 124 Spider has been given an early unveiling this week, thanks to a set of show-all spy photos published in the overseas press. Caught in the middle of what was likely a promotional photography session, the 124 shown in these photos from Jalopnik.com is the first example to be seen without a shred of camouflage - mere hours after a heavily disguised prototype was spied testing in the US...


Fiat 124 Spider may only come to Australia as hardcore Abarth roadster
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Fiat 124 Spider may only come to Australia as hardcore Abarth roadster

Fiat Chrysler Australia (FCA) says it is leaning towards offering only the hardcore Abarth-badged versions of the all-new Fiat 124 Spider convertible sports car when it goes on sale here in 2016. FCA director of marketing Zac Loo told CarAdvice that around the world the Italian company would offer both regular Fiat and high-performance Abarth versions of its still-to-be-revealed roadster, and said the latter was currently the front-runner for our market...