Pricing for the new GT variant of Abarth's 124 Spider has been announced, with the updated drop-top priced from £33,625 or or £299 per month on a 2 year Personal Contract Hire offer until the end of December 2018.

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The biggest difference brought by the GT update is the addition of a folding carbon roof in place of the fabric hood of before. It remains a manual roof, and at just 16 kgs, it retains the Abarth 124 Spider's optimum 50:50 weight distribution. In case you're wondering, there's perfect heat insulation and a rear window in the carbon roof which can be defrosted in just three minutes, so that the car can still be driven during our cold winters.

Essai Abarth 124 GT

As well as the fancy new roof arrangement, the GT also comes with 17 inch OZ Ultra-Light alloys, a Bose sound system, and a visibility pack which includes dusk and rain sensors, rear parking sensors and adaptive front LED headlights.

Also fitted as standard on the 124GT is Abarth's trademark Record Monza Exhaust, as well as mechanical self-locking differential for greater traction.

Essai Abarth 124 GT

Although based on the Mazda MX-5, the Abarth 124 Spider and the new 124GT have been extensively re-engineered by the Italians. Weight is concentrated within the wheelbase and the engine installed behind the front axle to ensure outstanding feedback and agility, and and an impressive power-to-weight ratio.

Essai Abarth 124 GT

Power comes from the same 1.4 MultiAir turbo engine as before, producing 170 bhp, helping the car do 0-62 mph in 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 144 mph. Add another tenth onto that time for the six-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission – the automatic's top speed is also a tad lower at 142 mph. In terms of economy, the 1.4 MultiAir Turbo engine has a combined cycle of 44.1 mpg for the manual and 42.8 mpg for the automatic, not that you'd really care about that when driving a sporty baby grand tourer.

Essai Abarth 124 GT

Three retro-inspired colours are available for the 124GT – Portogallo 1974 Grey, San Marino 1972 Black, and Turini 1975 White.

Just 50 cars are set to come to the UK, so if you want an Abarth 124GT, you better stop reading this and get on with putting your order in.

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