Having been offered the opportunity to attend a track day promoting the launch of the new Abarth 124 Spider, I had an early start to ensure I arrived promptly at 8:30.
On arrival I was greeted with a first ever look at the 124 Spider, and I must say, I was impressed! It looked good. I loved it straight away, and couldn’t wait to jump out my Audi and straight into the Spider for a good look around! My first impressions of the interior were positive, its definitely a huge step up from the interior of the 500s. Soft touch leather is mixed with Alcantara, complete with red stitching, for that sporty look and feel.
You sit low in the car, and feel like it wraps around you. I started it up using the push button start, and it fired into life. The Monza sounds incredible, it cracks when you rev it hard, burbles on overrun and has that signature Garret whistle to it. I couldn’t wait to get it out on track…
Pulling away, I immediately noticed how good the gearbox was. The clutch pedal was light, and the gear throw is short and precise, just like it should be in a small 2 seater sports car. I took it easy for the first lap, slowly exploring the power it had to give. Its apparent this car has a lot of torque, 3rd and 4th gear pull from right down in the rev range. Once you get into 3k onwards, the engine and exhaust really start to sing, and you pick up a noticeable amount of speed.
The handling of the 124 Spider is amazing, and far superior to the 595’s. Its sharp and precise steering allow pin point accuracy when taking corners and hitting the apex’s. For people saying that 170bhp isn’t enough – you are wrong – it really is, even on track.
After my first lap, I had the confidence to really give it some. The car