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Fiat 124 Spider Abarth


Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

The Abarth tuning company was in financial trouble in 1971, so Fiat stepped in and took them over as part of their return to rallying. The 124 was soon conceived as the car with which that return would be made, and between the two companies a very capable machine was created in the Abarth Rallye. While the chassis remained the same, a switch from live axle to fully independent rear, with MacPherson struts and trailing arms, was made which vastly improved the car in corners. Also helping was a spherical joint front anti-roll bar which resisted body roll better. The 107ci (l,756cc) four-cylinder engine was taken from the Fiat 132 and had few changes, though each was balanced and blueprinted to ensure maximum output and reliability. Twin Weber carburettors and high compression pistons helped output, which was 200bhp (149kW) for competition versions.

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Specifications

Top speed:118 mph (189 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):7.5 sec
Engine type:In-line four
Displacement:107 ci (1,756 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:128 bhp (95 kW) @ 6,200 rpm
Max torque:117 lb ft (158 Nm) @ 5,200 rpm
Weight:2,070 lb (941 kg)
Economy:27 mpg (9.6 km/I)
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