A mystery Abarth 124 has been filmed testing around Monza, the circuit home to the F1 Italian Grand Prix. It’s reported to be the new Abarth 124 GT4 racing car, and as a result it probably won’t be coming to your nearest Fiat dealership anytime soon.
But you still need to hear the sound it makes. This GT4 emits a proper racing noise, unburdened by pesky urban noise limits. The shifts from the gearbox – likely an expensive sequential unit – are incredibly quick, and the exhaust pops and rattles on downshifts. If you thought the road-going Abarth 124 Spider sounded good (and it really does), you’ll love the sound of this racing version.
We don’t yet know for sure, but reports suggest it’ll kick out between 375hp and 400hp. Certainly much more than the Spider you can buy in dealerships, anyway. The engine is likely to be a variation of the 1.75-litre four-cylinder turbo from the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car. That’s not confirmed yet, but we’d be very surprised if the engine featured any similarities to the 1.4-litre turbo fitted in both the Abarth and Fiat 124 Spider.
You wouldn’t be able to mistake this racing car for a road-going car, would you? The camouflage wrap can’t disguise the angry styling tweaks – or that massive rear spoiler! We think that’d look ace on the convertible.
Beneath the spoiler is a huge rear diffuser to sucker the car to the track. Flared wheel arches add extra muscle and width to the car, while the front welcomes a jutting splitter, aerodynamic canards and a fabric tow hook. Oh, and there are loads of vents in the bonnet and even on the front wings.
We love the look of this Abarth 124 GT. It’s expected to race in next year’s Italian GT Championship, so it might be worth tuning in if you want to see it in competitive action!
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