Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recently announced that it wouldn’t be launching a sports car under the Abarth label—but that doesn’t mean the Abarth logo isn’t going anywhere. The tell-tale scorpion logo will come to the market in a rather unexpected way—on a FIAT.
FIAT is planning on reintroducing the FIAT 124 Spider name, using the bones of the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata to offer consumers a sports car that bears the Abarth logo. Alfredo Altavilla, a senior FCA executive, confirmed this earlier in the month.
“You like performance? There will be an Abarth version,” Altavilla told Auto Express. It turns out that the FIAT 124 Spider will run with the familiar turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which is currently found in the FIAT 500. For the Abarth version, though, a turbocharged 1.75-liter four-cylinder engine is in the mix. This powertrain is capable of churning out a healthy 237 horsepower.
The FIAT 124 Spider will debut later this year, though Fiat Chrysler has yet to confirm which auto show. Make sure you check back at Corwin FIAT Alfa Romeo of Springfield in the future for an update on this new model!