Abarth back with new R-GT 124 model
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.