“The legacy of Carlo Abarth has driven the production of some of the world’s most exciting motor vehicles and this Monza Special Edition continues the realisation of his passion,” said Fulvio Antonelli, the director of Abarth in Australia.
The 124 Spider Monza Edition is limited to just 30 units, each with its own numbered plaque. In a very stylish Italian way the plaque is crafted of brushed aluminium with a laser etched finish, and features the Monza racing circuit map.
Exclusively presented in only three colours that pay homage to 124 Spider victories in the European Rally Championships; Turini 1975 White, Costa Brava 1972 Red and San Marino 1972 Black. The door mirror housings are in gloss red.
Inside are leather trimmed seats in two-tone black and red, with red stitching and Abarth logos stitched into the upper backrests.
The Abarth 124 Spider Monza Edition also comes standard with the company’s Visibility Pack, with Auto Levelling LED headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lamps, Adaptive Front Light System.
Cleverly, an Adaptive Front Light System is also engaged to further raise the level of safety by predicting the shape of curves on the road ahead based on steering input and vehicle speed, and pointing the low beams in the direction of intended travel.
We are assured that the Record Monza exhaust system is, “the quintessential nod to Carlo Abarth. Its powerful and hard-hitting sound is the result of a perfect combination of Dual Mode technology, with four exits and an aggressive design that delivers the unique and unmistakable sound of the Abarth 124’s MultiAir with Garrett Turbo engine.
“The Dual Mode Exhaust System technology involves the use of a two-way ‘Record Monza’ valve, mechanically actuated, fitted upstream of the exhaust tailpipes and adapted to optimize and improve the exhaust back pressure curve in the exhaust system, creating an exhaust note that ignites the senses.
Which sounds great on paper, we eagerly await hearing it in real life when we get our backsides into a press test car for a week.
Abarth 124 Spider Monza Edition is priced at $47,580 with a six-speed manual gearbox and $49,580 in six-speed automatic form. On-road costs have to be added on.