Abarth back with new R-GT 124 model

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

Abarth will re­turn one of the most evoca­tive names to world ral­ly­ing next sea­son, when the 124 Rally lines up for the FIA R-GT Cup.

The rally car was launched along­side the road car at the Geneva Mo­tor­show last week. The 124 marks Abarth’s re­turn to ral­ly­ing af­ter it pulled the Grande Punto out of the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Rally Chal­lenge in 2009.

More im­por­tantly, it’s the re­turn of the 124, a car which won three rounds of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship in the 1970s be­fore it was re­tired by Fiat 40 years ago this sea­son.

The fi­nal in­car­na­tion of the 124 Abarth, rolled out for the 1975 San­remo, man­aged 210bhp from its 16-valve 1800cc en­gine. The new car, which is rear-wheel drive like its pre­de­ces­sor, also runs a 1.8-litre mo­tor, but the ad­di­tion of a tur­bocharger boosts out­put to 300bhp.

The car is still be­ing de­vel­oped by the Turi­nese firm. A shake­down is ex­pected in Septem­ber, with cus­tomer cars be­ing ready for ac­tion at the start of the 2017 sea­son.

Abarth re­turns 124 moniker

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