insideKENT Magazine Issue 63 - June 2017 - Page 160

MOTORS THE ABARTH 124 SPIDER THE ABARTH 124 SPIDER AIMS AT SWEEPING A NEW GENERATION OFF THEIR FEET WITH ITS PERFORMANCE AND TECHNICAL DNA. IT COMBINES THE AUTHENTIC ROADSTER EXPERIENCE PACKED WITH THRILLS, TECHNOLOGY, SAFETY AND A TOUCH OF UNMISTAKABLE ITALIAN DESIGN. PERFORMANCE DNA The new Abarth 124 spider combines the great sensorial experiences of excitement and driving fun that only a spider can give. Developed with input from the Abarth Racing Team, the car exemplifies at best the distinctive Abarth values: performance, craftsmanship and technical excellence. It is the car that will bring back the smile on the driver’s face. Powerful engine and sporty gearboxes for an extraordinary driving experience The Abarth 124 spider offered in the EMEA region is equipped with a powerful, reliable four-cylinder 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo engine. It delivers 170 HP (about 124 HP per litre) and 250 Nm of torque. It has a top speed of 230 km/h and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8- seconds. Furthermore, the sound of engine really matters in an Abarth car, so the Record Monza exhaust come equipped as standard, generating a beautiful growling sound. The spider is available with a six-speed manual or the automatic Sequenziale Sportivo gearbox. DESIGN TRUE TO THE ABARTH DNA The design of the Abarth 124 spider is all about performance: both the front bumper, with its larger air intake, and the rear bumper’s aerodynamic extractor were both shaped in the wind tunnel, as were the rear spoiler and wind stop which both contribute to improving air flow. The 17-inch alloy wheels, the windscreen surround and the roll bars are finished in Forgiato Grey, a colour selected to 160 underline the bold, technical inclination of the car. outstanding balance and dynamic abilities to the full. INTERIOR DESIGN EQUIPMENT: SPORTINESS AND COMFORT The Abarth DNA is also confirmed inside with an overall focus aimed at guaranteeing ideal ergonomics. The leather seats are supportive and very comfortable at the same time, and allow for a positive driving position as far back and as low as possible to better perceive any lateral movement of the car. Also, the controls are perfectly in tune with the car's sporty set- up: the position of the aluminium pedal board, the small-diameter steering wheel, the short gear lever and the start button on the dashboard all contribute to conveying a sporty driving experience. The new Abarth 124 spider has a three-gauge instrument panel featuring a large rev counter in the middle, a speedometer on the right and a data display on the left allowing the driver to monitor all key driving information at a glance. Standard equipment includes manual climate control system, stereo with four speakers, MP3 player and USB port, cruise control, adjustable and electrically folded door mirrors. Other features available on demand include the infotainment system with an ergonomic and intuitive knob on the central unit. For superior sound quality, a Bose premium sound system with nine speakers, including dual headrest speakers on both seats and a subwoofer, can be chosen. ACTIVE AND PASSIVE SAFETY The new Abarth 124 Spider is equipped with a host of state-of-the-art active and passive safety devices. In addition to the ABS, standard equipment includes the EBD, for adjusting front and rear brake force distribution so as to optimise braking distances and control in all load conditions of the car, and ESC for increased control in all driving conditions. The ERM is an extension of the ESC system and exploits the sensors to calculate whether the car is approaching a potentially dangerous condition at risk of rolling over. It corrects the risk by applying the brakes separately and modulating the accelerator position as needed. It can be fully disengaged for track driving to allow the driver exploit the Abarth 124 spider’s Lipscomb Ashford Bridge House Chart Road Ashford TN23 3HZ 01233 224059 Lipscomb Abarth Maidstone Forstal Rd Aylesford ME20 7XA 01622 238406 www.lipscomb.co.uk/abarth