We spent a day at Autobahn Country Club outside of Chicago putting the 2019 FIAT 124 Spider Abarth and FIAT 500 Abarth through their paces, while honing our track skills with the Skip Barber Racing School. Both the cars and instruction made for a gearhead’s paradise.
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We recently spent a week behind the wheel of FIAT’s latest roadster – which simultaneously pays tribute to the classic 124 Spider and shares bones with the excellent ND MX-5 Miata. Find out what we thought of this Japanese-Italian love child in our full review on 95octane.
A fun time-lapse video for gearheads, as the lovely Giovanna Parascandolo takes a fully disassembled engine from a 1967 Fiat 500 F and reassembles it. She says it took her about two full days to complete the task, but it’s been digested down to just under 4 minutes.
Abarth pours its crazy sauce on the Miata-based FIAT 124 Spider. It packs a 170hp turbo 4, chassis reinforcements, a limited-slip diff, Brembo brakes, Bilstein dampers, an awesome exhaust note, and an anti-glare black hood, all without losing its 50/50 weight balance.