North American Abarth 124 Spiders vs. those sold in the rest of the world
[UPDATED 10/10/2017, 11/21/2017, 2/14/2018 and 5/7/2018 with some known Abarth part numbers for those with connections in Europe as well as news regarding the Monza exhaust, Abarth steering wheel, Abarth seats and key fob emblems]
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. 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.
Another item that is common is the manual shift knob with red graphics ⇓
… 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 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) ⇓
♦ Monza exhaust system (part # 82215034, now reported to be available at your MOPAR dealer) ⇓
♦ Animated Abarth boot 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 boot 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.