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North American Abarth 124 Spiders vs. those sold in the rest of the world
[UPDATED 10/10/2017, 11/21/2017, 2/14/2018, 5/7/2018, 9/27/2018 and 10/3/2018 with some known Abarth part numbers for those with connections in Europe, news regarding the Monza exhaust, Abarth steering wheel, Abarth seats, key fob emblems and Veleno goodies, along with a new Ameridan exclusive shutdown animation]
The one primary item that is common between North American Abarth 124 Spiders and those sold to the rest of the world is the $1995 Heritage stripe, more formally called the Racing Heritage Black Center Band. Rather than being sent to Turin, Italy, all North America cars ordered with this option are shipped from the entry port to Penske’s Vehicle Service facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan for this labor-intensive, hand-painted matte black paint job on the hood and deck lid panels. ⇓
A couple of other items that are common, include the manual shift knob with red graphics. ⇓
…and the Abarth unique instrument cluster gauges. ⇓
… But as Cal has commented recently, there are a number of other included items “missing” from the North American Abarth 124 Spiders, which will involve special ordering in some cases (many of them can also be ordered from this company in Japan which several have been very pleased doing business with).
Some of the “missing” items:
♦ Abarth badged steering wheel with the twelve-o’clock red stripe (see photo above)
(because of the air-bag system the badge is attached to, certification in the U.S. wasn’t achieved in time for Model Year (MY) 2017; however they are expected to be installed for MY 2019, and have been reported to be in MY 2018 vehicles (produced after August 2017) as well, minus the twelve-o’clock red stripe) ⇓
♦ Abarth lightning bolt front fender badges (Left = Part # 68348940AA; Right = Part # 68349018AA, produced to accommodate the slight curve in the panels) ⇓
♦ Abarth Alcantara suede “under panel” dash trim (European Part # 52061597), shift boot, and hand-brake boot ⇓
♦ Abarth Alcantara suede meter hood ⇓
♦ Abarth Alcantara armrest console cover with scorpion logo ⇓
♦ Abarth engine cover with scorpion logo (European Part # 55269201) ⇓
♦ Abarth Red painted tow hook cap in the front grill with scorpion logo ⇓
♦ Abarth Red brim (European Part # 52060683) or gun-metal brim (European Part # 52060686) at the front bottom air spoiler location ⇓
♦ Abarth Red mirror caps (Part # 52061611 for a pair) ⇓
♦ Abarth key fobs (you can simply exchange the logo emblems) ⇓
♦ Abarth seats with name stitched into the seat backs
(because of the air-bag system within the seats, certification in the U.S. wasn’t achieved in time for MY 2017; however they are expected to be installed for MY 2019, and have been reported to be in MY 2018 vehicles as well) ⇓
♦ Abarth carpet floor mats with plaque attached, in place of (actually, it’s obscuring) the embroidered “124 Spider” on our very lightweight carpeted mats ⇓
⇓ For MY 2019, North America Abarths are finally getting the optional embroidered Abarth floormats (part # 82215028AB) that are offered elsewhere in the Veleno (“poison, in English”) option package, along with – bright pedals, red mirror caps, a red lower fascia lip, the Abarth front fender badges and a red front tow hook cap in the front grill with scorpion logo.
♦ Abarth Owner’s Manual binder, embossed with the Abarth logo and stitched in red ⇓
♦ DOT 4 brake fluid is standard; North American Abarths only get DOT 3
♦ Monza exhaust system option (now also reported to be available at your MOPAR dealer as part # 82215034) ⇓
♦ Animated Abarth bootup screens in the Infotainment system
Well this last item can be easily remedied. For those North American Abarth owners that would like their Infotainment systems to bootup with official animated Abarth screens (like those in Europe do) rather than the animated Fiat screens, I’ve amended my
“124 Spider-only” All-In-One tweak package (many other tweaks including “pause-on-mute” and “enable touchscreen for your passenger”) to accommodate you. Option [X] substitutes the two files and can be easily reversed, using the Uninstall feature. Read more about this specific tweak here.
Thanks for the suggestion Cal! I’m actually enjoying it in my Classica for a while. 😉
⇓ Here is an Abarth background image I created…
⇓ Bonus added 12/5/2017: Here’s another Abarth background image I created that you Abarth owners might enjoy. See the tweak instructions for details on how to install.
⇓ Bonus added 10/3/2018: An Abarth shutdown animation has been created, and is now available in my AIO 1.51Fiat_d Updates Folder. The Option [X] tweak can be modified to install it:
- Copy the 20i.txt and 20d.txt files into the choose folder of the AIO package on your PC.
- Copy the ExitLogo.ivf file into the choose/config_all/bootanimation/jci/resources folder of the AIO package on your PC
- Copy the OrigExitLogo.ivf file into the choose/config_org_all/bootanimation/jci/resources folder of the AIO package on your PC (renaming it ExitLogo.ivf afterwards)
- and reinstall the tweak
⇓ Note: I am currently not running any memory intensive apps, so installing the additional file has had no negative effect on my system. However, if you have installed (or plan to install) app(s) like Android Auto (or perhaps even Speedometer?), there is a possibility that performance might suffer from obligating an additional 750 KB of memory, requiring you to revert back to the original ExitLogo file…
Which brings up another point – if you are going to install the CarPlay/Android Auto retrofit kit, it might very helpful to not only forego this exit animation, but the bootup TranLogo animation as well, if it hasn’t already been eliminated in version 70 firmware, as those two files will pretty much use up all of the spare RAM in your CMU.
The TranLogoEnd.ivf is only 161 KB, which is basically the five home screen main menu buttons on the original background, and is an ideal small substitute animation file for TranLogo.ivf.