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In 1972, the first Abarth 124 was made by the Officine Abarth. Today, the new Abarth 124 Spider is a brand-new Spider with the attitude of the Abarth Scorpion. 

With a curb weight of only 1,060kg and a weight-power ratio of just 6.2kg/HP the Abarth 124 Spider sets a new benchmark. Weight is concentrated within the wheelbase for optimum weight distribution (50:50) providing the best performance and agility.

Pay a visit to our Abarth dealership on Bumpers Lane in Chester to view the complete range of used Abarth 124 models in stock. With options to suit every budget, you're sure to find a vehicle that meets your requirements.

Here at Swansway Abarth we pride ourselves on delivering the highest level of customer service, and you can rest assured each used car is given a thorough inspection before arriving on the forecourt. A full background check is also carried out, meaning there won't be any surprises down the road.

Start your search for an Approved Used Abarth 124 in Chester here on the website, and feel free to contact a member of the showroom team on 01244 569991 with any questions. Alternatively, make use of our online contact form and we'll get back in touch as quickly as possible.

Performance in great shape

The  Abarth 124 spider sets a new benchmark. A curb weight of only 1,060 kg, with a weight-power ratio of just 6.2 kg/HP. The weight is concentrated within the wheelbase for optimum weight distribution (50:50) ensuring performance and agility. Offering unparalleled handling thanks to suspension derived from our racing experience.

Now, fun turns into something serious.

The Abarth 124 Spider is a ferocious little sports car - Review

What’s new?

The Abarth 124 Spider shares the same chassis as the Fiat 124 Spider, which in turn is taken from the Mazda MX-5. It also has the same silky-smooth six-speed manual gearbox from the Mazda too. But if you think for one moment the Abarth is just an MX-5 with a party frock on, you’re very much mistaken. What Abarth has done is take all the cracking elements of the MX-5, planted them into its own beautifully designed body and added the engine from its little Abarth 595 to give it that extra oomph needed over the standard Fiat 124 Spider. Together with a Monza exhaust system and Brembo brakes, it makes for a fantastic little roadster.

Looks and image

Never before have I driven a car in this price range that has drawn so much attention. The way it looks with the two-tone matt black and metallic bodywork is a good part of it, but the car’s raucous engine note is the main reason why people’s heads turn in its direction. It’s louder than most cars on the road, or appears to be anyway. The styling is elegant, with the rear especially resembling that of a Maserati GranTurismo.

When on the move the ride is pretty firm but not uncomfortable and adds to the sportiness. The whole car feels surprisingly solid and very well screwed together. This is probably thanks to the fact that almost all of the interior is lifted out of the MX-5, but it adds some extra levels of luxury – Alcantara and leather, for example.

Space and practicality

Although it doesn't offer loads of space the Spider does offer slightly more legroom and headroom than you get in the Mazda MX-5 RF.

The boot is also not big, but can easily swallow a small suitcase or a weekly shop with ease, and thanks to the roof being a simple soft-top, there is no space taken up by the mechanicals of a folding hard-top.

This is a two-seat sports car though so practicality is never going to be great. If you look at it in that context, it is still a usable everyday car – even if there isn’t a glove box.

Behind the wheel

Once you get inside the Abarth the seats are very comfortable and the driving position is spot on, and even though the interior will be very familiar to fans of the current-generation Mazda MX-5, the materials are different, with a mix of leather on the seats and Alcantara on the dashboard, gear gator and handbrake to add an extra feel of luxury. There’s even an Abarth logo emblazoned on the centre console lid and an Abarth badge on the cubbyhole between the two seats.

Depress the clutch, push the start button and the sounds come. The Monza quad exhausts behind you roar and vibrate like no other car. The noise is fantastic and certainly attracts a lot of attention wherever you go, and every now and then when you put your foot down, it pops and bangs, and you can’t help but laugh with delight.

Once on the move the gearbox is one of the best currently available to use and is virtually identical to the Mazda MX-5 gearbox.

The handling is fantastic, with quick, precise steering. Put your foot down and there is some turbo lag however, but this doesn’t last very long and certainly doesn’t detract from the enjoyment you have driving the Abarth.

One thing the Abarth delivers in spades is fun. Every mile in this car was joyous. The feel of the car and the way it looks all add up to a great driving experience

Who would buy one?

The Abarth 124 Spider is aimed at those wanting a little extra performance and much better looks in a roadster than other rivals offer. And although you could buy a Mercedes SLC180 for the same money, it doesn’t have as much power and will be a standard model without the extra tech this car offers.

The Abarth is aimed at the sort of person who wants a drop-top with kerbside appeal that doesn’t break the bank and is always going to be the less obvious choice and therefore slightly unusual.

Also Available Abarth 124 Spider GT

So convertible. So GT. So Abarth.

The newest addition to the Abarth 124 Spider range, the GT model is the perfect balance between sporty behaviour and driving pleasure. Featuring a removable Carbon Fibre hard top, which comes with built-in soundproofing, giving you 365 days of adrenaline. An Iconic Matt Black Bonnet, with anti-glare properties, combines beautiful design with the practicalities of everyday driving.

A limited-slip differential increases your traction, by allowing the wheels to rotate at different speeds, providing control and precision in the corners. Also adding to your cornering control are the 17" O.Z. aluminium ultralight wheels, which offer reduced weight and greater handling, chosen specifically to tackle those windy British country lanes. No Abarth would be complete without a Record Monza Exhaust, featuring a dual mode system, which varies your exhaust gas flow according to your speed giving you a much smoother power delivery.

Abarth 124 Spider GT standard features


  • Abarth D.A.M (Sport Limited Slip Differential)
  • Manual gearbox with short and direct gear lever
  • Sport suspension Abarth by Bilstein
  • Start engine button
  • 17" O.Z ultralight alloy wheels


  • Leather heated seats
  • Alcantara interior detailing
  • Keyless go
  • Air conditioning with automatic control
  • Cruise control
  • Halogen front and DRL headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • LED rear lights
  • Visibility Pack (LED headlights with automatic levelling and washers. Adaptive Front Light System (AFLS), Dusksensng and rain sensitive wipers, rear parking sensors)

Exterior design:

  • Aerodynamic Abarth Kit (front bumper with enlarged air intake, rear diffuser and sport side skirts)
  • A-Pillar and roll bar in Forgiato Grey
  • Carbon fibre hard top
  • Gun metal mirror covers
  • Front dam with gun metal insert

Audio / Technology

  • Radio AM/FM & MP3 player, steering wheel controls, 4 audio speakers
  • DAB
  • 7" Touchscreen with multimedia control
  • 2 USB and 1 AUX ports
  • Bluetooth®
  • Aha™ by HARMAN and Stitcher internet radio apps internet Wi-Fi (requires a data enabled smartphone to use)
  • Facebook and Twitter available within Aha™ app
  • BOSE® Sound System (9 BOSE® audio speakers with subwoofer)

Abarth 124 Spider GT Technical Info

What engine does the Abarth 124 Spider GT come with?

1.4 Turbo MultiAir 170HP, 4 in-line cylinders, 4 valves per cylinder

What is the maximum power?

170 HP (125 kW) at 5500 rpm

What is the maximum torque?

250 Nm @ 2500 g/m (sport mode)

What transmission does the 124 Spider GT have?

​Choose between manual or automatic:

  • 6 speed manual transmission
  • 6 speed automatic with steering wheel selector (dual mode, normal and sport)


​Dual Mode Record Monza Exhaust with 4 tailpipes


Front: double wishbone with stabilizer bar

Rear: 5 arms multi link suspension with stabilizer bar


Front: Brembo system with fixed aluminium caliper and self-ventilated Ø 280x22 disc

Rear: Floating caliper with Ø 280x9.5 disc


17” OZ Ultralight wheels with 205/45 R17 W84 tyres

Kerb weight1060kg – 1080kg*
Maximum speed144mph – 142mph*
Acceleration 0 - 62mph6.8sec – 6.9sec*
Weight to power ratio6.3Kg/HP (6.4)*
Urban consumption mpg (l/100km)33.2(8.5) - 31.01(9.1)*
Extra urban consumption mpg (l/100km)55.4(5.1) - 54.31(5.2)*
Combined consumption mpg (l/100lm)44.1(6.4) - 42.81(6.6)*
CO2 emissions g/km148 - 153*
Emissions standardEuro 6

*Values for automatic transmission