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Abarth reworks the MX-5 yet again with the 124GT

Written by: Neil

Abarth has revealed all the relevant numbers and facts on its new 124GT – a hardtop version of the warmly received 124 Spider.

The path to the 124GT involves several steps. It began life as the fourth-gen Mazda MX-5 – a car so accomplished that it scooped the World Car of the Year prize in 2016.

Fiat liked it so much that they rebadged the world-beating roadster as the 124 Spider, which was then passed on to the FCA Group’s Abarth performance brand, which produced its own 124 Spider soft-top convertible.

Now, we getting the hard-topped GT version. Phew, still with us? Okay…

Same engine, same performance

Just like the Spider, the GT uses a punchy 167bhp 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo linked to a manual six-speed gearbox.

Given a tasty straight line, it’ll race up to 62mph in 6.8 seconds with a top speed of 144mph.

A six-speed auto with paddle shifters is also available too, but it’s a tad slower, hitting 62mph in 6.9 seconds and topping out at 142mph.

Similarly, the auto suffers a fuel economy penalty, returning 42.8mpg and emitting 148g/km of CO2 on combined cycle, while the manual reports 44.1mpg at 148g/km.

Fresh style

Style-wise, the GT gets a carbon fibre roof, 17-inch OZ ultra-light alloys, Bose sound system and a visibility pack, which adds dusk and rain sensors, rear parking sensors and adaptive front LED headlights.

There’s also a mechanical self-locking differential for greater traction and the record Monza exhaust, which lends the car its recognisable Abarth sound.

Convertible without the convenience

The GT’s carbon fibre roof, which weighs just 16kg, can be taken removed and refitted in just a few minutes, according to Abarth, but naturally, it’s not as quick and convenient as in the 124 Spider.

The 124GT comes in a choice of three colours – Portogallo 1974 grey, San Marino 1972 black and Turini 1975 white – but production has been capped with only 50 Abarth 124GTs expected to reach UK roads.

Prices start from £33,625, which marks a £4k+ hike on the standard Abarth 124 Spider (£29,565).

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “It’s hard not to love the MX-5 and Abarth has done a great job at cranking up the attitude of the roadster. Shame we won’t see many of them around…”

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