By on March 1, 2018

Image: FCA

Fiat’s 124 Spider roadster doesn’t offer a complex “retractable fastback” like its Mazda MX-5 platform mate, but it looks like the brand isn’t satisfied offering only a soft-top version of its roadster.

There’s a new Spider crawling its way towards a Geneva Motor Show debut, and this one dons a very different hat than its siblings.

Weighing just 35 pounds, the carbon fiber hardtop shading the occupants of the upcoming Abarth 124 GT is easily installed and removed, Fiat claims. Not only that, it apparently increases the torsional rigidity of the car itself.

While it’s a classic solution for those looking for more substantial protection from the elements (and, perhaps, sound), don’t expect to order this new lid for your stock Spider. This is a special edition model, and the hardtop is a big part of what makes it special. The stock convertible top remains a part of the package.

Image: FCA

While the Abarth 124 GT’s powertrain remains unchanged from the existing Abarth model, this variant gains 17-inch OZ Racing wheels (6.6 pounds lighter than standard rims), a special shade of light gray paint (with gunmetal-gray mirror caps), and an optional carbon fiber spoiler. It’s unlikely your average Spider owner will need the additional downforce, but should they feel like testing the car’s limits, it might just come in handy.

Fiat makes a point of mentioning the Abarth model’s 144 mph top speed. Sounds like a challenge, if you ask us.

Whether we’ll see the hard-topped Fiat on this side of the Atlantic remains to be seen, but we’ll surely see confirmation, one way or the other, next week.

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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13 Comments on “Fiat’s 124 Spider Has a New, 35-pound Way to Keep the Rain Out...”

  • avatar

    Buyers of this type of car…
    Any preference of the Alfa over the Mazda?

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      Unless you are talking about the Alfa 4C, which is a different beast, this is a FIAT. I’ve driven them both and frankly to live with every day I like the Miata RF. The 124 Abarth is a close second and if you arent getting the Abarth Variant I prefer the Mazda for the most part.

    • 0 avatar

      I’d like to hear the Abarth first. If it sounds anything like the 500, that could sway me. Meanwhile, the Abarth is still $1000 less than the Miata Club.

      That said, I’ve only see one Fiata in the wild. And of the few at dealers in my area, almost all are automatics. No wonder I see far more ND Miatas on the road.

    • 0 avatar

      Not a buyer – I’d like one but I’d rather go with BRZ as I’m not into convertibles. Still, if I had to chose between Fiat and Mazda I’d go with hardtop Mazda for looks, performance and legroom. I have no idea how Fiat got it so wrong (being 2nd to the market) but instead of scooping the market by offering a car that could accommodate taller drivers, their cabin is shorter and there’s virtually no way tall person could drive it (6’3″ can still make it in Mazda).

    • 0 avatar

      I think the Fiat is much prettier, both inside and out, but I wouldn’t buy one with that Fiat Engine!

      • 0 avatar

        The Fiat engine is the engine. More usable torque and a fatter powerband. Makes the car very drivable in daily use, not needing to downshift as much.

  • avatar
    Secret Hi5

    Oh boy, the Fiat haters in the Miata forums are going to lose it.

  • avatar

    It feels warm and cozy to think about that the only parts in this car that not Mazda, are engine and windshield. And it is made in the great Mazda factory in Hiroshima.

  • avatar
    J D

    Wonder if the ND soft top can be retrofitted to be able to use this….. Hmmm….

  • avatar

    Fiat – not Alfa.
    My mistake.

  • avatar

    Not seeing what’s so great about this. It’s still not as functional as the NC’s folding hardtop (strike 1), and it’s only available on the Fiata’s highest trim, and not as an add-on to any other model (strike 2).

    Meanwhile, it’s being reported elsewhere today that the Miata is going to see a 26hp bump for 2019. That’s strike 3, Fiata.

    • 0 avatar

      A lot of people want this top to be more routinely available as you cannot get a rollbar under the NC or ND folding tops. Its also lighter than the folding tops, especially for those people who might remove the soft top and leave only the HT.

      This is mainly of interest to track rats, but given the Miata is the most raced car in the world…..

  • avatar

    Call me when the make a shooting brake or hatchback version with the turbo.

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