Abarth to display 124 GT and 695 Rivale editions at Geneva

124 gains a carbon top, the 695 Rivale is a two-tone Abarth special

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For those choosing a Fiat 124 Spider over an equivalent Mazda MX-5 Miata, there's an additional taster thrown into the mix: The already burbly Abarth version of the Spider will be made even more interesting with the introduction of a 124 GT version at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

The GT is recognizable by its new carbon fiber hardtop, which is fitted or removed in 5 minutes, according to the manufacturer. The top weighs just 35 pounds, and offers rigidity advantages over the stock folding canvas top. It's also a lot less complicated than the MX-5 RF's folding targa top, and if the carbon fiber hard top becomes available separately, perhaps it might even fit as an OEM addition to MX-5 Roadsters. As well as the hardtop and a special partially matte black paint job, the GT also gets lightweight 17-inch OZ wheels.

In addition to the 124 GT, Abarth is also introducing a special "695 Rivale" edition on the Fiat 500 base. The two-tone, Riva Blue and grey paintwork is a nod to the Italian boat builder Riva. The car still has a 180-horsepower turbo engine, so it's not necessarily a yacht-like cruiser; there's also an Akrapovic exhaust, Brembo brakes, 17" wheels and a Koni suspension with what the manufacturer calls "Frequcney-Selective Damping."

No U.S. pricing has yet been announced for either scorpion-badged special version.

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