Abarth 124 GT and 659 Rivale mark special effort at the 2018 Geneva motor show

Published: 06 March 2018

► Abarth unviels 124 hardtop special edition
► Removable carbonfibre roof weighs just 16kg

► Riva-inspired 695 Rivale also showcased

No strangers to a special edition, Abarth has unveiled two limited run models at the 2018 Geneva motor show. The Abarth 124 GT is essentially a removable hardtop version of the regular 124, while the 695 Rivale – available as both a hatchback and convertible – has been designed in collaboration with luxury Italian yacht builders, Riva.

Tell me more about the 124 GT

It’s been designed to offer couple styling with open top car thrills, hence the removable hardtop roof that, according to Abarth, can be taken off in ‘a few easy steps’.

Power and performance are the same, but the 124 GT does gain a number of design tweaks in addition to the solid roof.

Said hardtop is made of carbonfibre, and weighs just 16kg. Meanwhile 17-inch OZ Ultra-Light alloy wheels come as standard – knocking around 12kg off the standard car’s kerbweight.

Other changes include mirror caps finished in gun metal grey – designed to match the front spoiler – plus the option of a matte black bonnet and carbonfibre rear spoiler.

And the 695 Rivale?

Again, changes are strictly aesthetic – the most prominent of which being its two-tone Riva Blue and Grey paintwork with aquamarine stripes running down the sides.

Satin chrome finish door handles and mouldings on the boot, plus two subtly placed '695 Rivale' badges round off the additions.

Want to know more about the Abarth 695 Rivale? Then check out our separate story by clicking here.

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By James Dennison

Manager of Parkers' video content and contributor to CAR

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