Abarth 124 startup screens

North American Abarth 124 Spiders vs. those sold in the rest of the world

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[UPDATED 10/10/2017 and 11/21/2017 with some known Abarth part numbers for those with connections in Europe as well as news regarding the Monza exhaust]

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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.

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:

Abarth badged steering wheel with 12 o’clock red stripe (see photo above)   ⇑

Abarth lightning bolt front fender badges
(Left = Part # 68348940AA; Right = Part # 68349018AA)   ⇓

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♦  Alcantara suede trim on dash (European Part # 52061597)   ⇓

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♦  Alcantara armrest storage tray cover with scorpion logo   ⇓
(It is pricy, as I believe it part of the console trim piece, complete with Sport switch and Alcantara ebrake / shifter boots, similar to the Lusso manual shift console trim part shown below)

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♦  Abarth engine cover with scorpion logo (European Part # 55269201)   ⇓

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♦  Red painted tow hook cap in the front grill with scorpion logo

♦  Red brim (European Part # 52060683) or gun-metal brim (European Part # 52060686) at the front bottom air spoiler location   ⇓

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♦  Red mirror caps (Part # 52061611 for a pair)

♦  Abarth key fobs (you may not want to pursue this option, as they may be missing the trunk release and/or the panic buttons)

♦  Abarth name stitched in the seatbacks   ⇓

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♦  Monza exhaust system (Cal has recently learned that MOPAR North America should be making this available for order placement here in North America, late-March of 2018)   ⇓

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♦  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.  😉

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⇓       Here is an Abarth background image I created…

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⇓       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.

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16 thoughts on “Abarth 124 startup screens

  1. And thank you so much for setting this up for us. Even though it’s -14C right now, I can’t wait to load this onto a USB stick and get out in my garage for an installation. You “da man”! Very, very much appreciated.

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  2. I installed this yesterday afternoon (the temp’s got up to a nice balmy -12C… that’s somewhere around 10F. lol

    The Abarth start-up screen looks beautiful. Sharp, sleek and IMHO, elegant.

    I had also created a background screen consisting of the Abarth lightning logo on a black background. Unfortunately it’s a bit overwhelming and intrusive when sitting behind a lot of the views (music, for example). So I think my next crack at this will be to change the graphic by applying a 50% translucency effect to it, and then see if it looks okay. My goal is to get a background that has a nice colouration, showing the Abarth logo… but not overwhelming when other content is overlaid on top of it. Once I get a copy that looks okay (to me), I’ll forward you a copy to share with the other Abarth owners.

    Best regards and thanks,

    Cal.

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  3. The Abarth boot up logo/animation is a nice finishing touch on the car. I can’t believe that it didn’t come stock with it if it’s already that way over in the EU, but I guess it was just one more “money saver” that they decided on for the US market.

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    • Indirectly, perhaps this was part of a “money saver” strategy, as I believe the NE platform (Abarth) CMUs are more expensive with better shielding for acceptable WiFi performance, etc.

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  4. I don’t want to go Fiat bashing – well, maybe a little bit… it just seems peculiar that with the Abarth being a premium brand that they would choose to purposely make decisions to upset their existing user base in North America. Yes, we Abarth owners are a bit of a rare breed, but as with my 2013 500 Abarth, we tend to love our vehicles. I honestly bought my 2017 Abarth 124 with the naive thought that it would come with the same level of branding that was delivered with the 500 edition. I, like many others, were surprised when Fiat chose to remove trim and branding components that make it unique. It was, IMHO, a seriously poor decision. If they had continued to support the brand here, they would have gotten no end of positive (and free) publicity from their Abarth owners. Instead, I would now tell folks to consider the vehicle, but also advise them such that they make an informed decision… what you see on so many YouTube videos it not what you’ll take possession of.

    That said, I’d like to end this positively by stating and thanking Dan for his work in support of the brand and getting the Abarth start up animations for us to install in our vehicles. Sometimes in life, it’s the small things that bring us pleasure, and for me… this is one of those things. Thank you Dan for your ongoing work and support.

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  5. I created an Abarth background screen that some of you may enjoy. It shouldn’t be too busy and I softened it somewhat. Use Option [E] to install it.

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  6. Update on North American Abarth branding.

    As I work towards making my Canuck version of the 2017 Abarth 124 Spider look more akin to it’s European cousins, I’ve discovered some of why our vehicles in North America are missing some of the branding. In brief, in Europe, Abarth is sold by Abarth dealerships, independent of Fiat… owned by the same parent company, but not sold via Fiat dealerships. In North America, the Abarth’s are sold as just another trim level in the Fiat 124 Spider family.

    That said, I have managed to address all the missing components, with the exception of one that is on back order, and three that are just purely cost prohibitive or impossible. You can source the fender badges and key fob badges via eBay. The Record Monza Exhaust is now on back order with my local Fiat dealership. I have ordered the proper Abarth engine cover from a UK Abarth dealership, and it will arrive next week. I sourced a soft plastic Abarth logo cap for the steering wheel (covering the existing Fiat logo cap). What I chose not to pursue are a) the Abarth identity plate that mounts on the cover of the locking storage cubby between the two seat backs. It’s customized with the VIN of the vehicle produced. I’m working with a dealership in the UK on sourcing this but it’s not looking good. b) the scorpion logo branded cover to the small storage cubby between the seats (behind the audio volume knob). I could get it, but it’s around 240 pounds sterling, or $350 CAD. Too bloody much money for a cover, and you end up buying the whole centre console assembly… not just the cover. c) the Abarth branded seats… completely unrealistic for cost to purchase and ship to North American.

    So, to cut to the chase, my journey is nearing an end. With Dan’s site and his wonderful assortment of tweaks and customization information, I’ve gotten very close to the car that I expected to have delivered when I first ordered it. My next little mod is the installation of the hood raising lifts to eliminate the flip up post to hold the hood up. And then when I get the Record Monza exhaust, I’ll have that snapping, snarling growl I miss from my 500 Abarth.

    Thank you Dan for all your hard work and patience. Truly appreciated.

    Cal.

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    • Having come across several European part numbers for unique Abarth 124 goodies, I added them to my article today for those that have connections in Europe, or may be going there and can bring them back in their luggage 😉

      Also adding photos as I come across them.

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  7. Thank you for the part numbers. Another option is for folks to visit abarthcars.co.uk and scroll down to the bottom of the home page. There you find a link to submit queries, and also a dealer locator. Every dealer has a service department and many are willing to work with foreign purchasers. I purchased and installed the engine cover and fender badges, with a total investment (including shipping and duties) of around $350 CAD or $300 USD.

    If I remember correctly, the badges were sold as a pair for around $50 CAD and the engine cover was $175 CAD. I passed on the alcantera scorpion logo center cubby cover as it was over $300. I think it’s sold as part of a much larger component, like perhaps the centre console itself. Beyond that I applied an adhesive Abarth logo plate to the steering wheel, Abarth branded seatbelt covers (done in a carbon fiber weave look), and red Abarth branded aluminum tire valve stem caps. These items were sourced through ebay as after-market items. I have the Record Monza Exhaust ordered through my dealer’s service manager, but it’s been over three months and I can’t seem to get a confirmed shipping date. I’m considering the red mirror caps and front end treatment. I had the red accents package on my 2013 500 Abarth and it looked pretty sharp.

    If you’d like photos, just let me know and I can show you what I’ve done so far. Once again, thank you for your ongoing support for us.

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  8. Finally an explanation! How did the soft logo for the steering wheel end up looking? I used a wheel center hub Scorpion that fit pretty well, but isn’t quite what I was hoping for. Agree that the interior WE got isn’t as nice, but getting it piecemeal isn’t worth the trouble. (I’m going to experiment with other ways to add a scorpion to the center console) All of the OTHER “Fiat” markings are gone from MY Abarth as well. It took some fiddling, but I think it’s worth it.

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    • I too used a 54mm adhesive backed wheel hub centre piece. It was gloss black with a nice coloured version of the Abarth logo (similar to that displayed on our hood and trunk lids). I purchased a gloss black touch-up paint pen and used it to paint the edges of the aluminum disk, and then applied it to the centre of the steering wheel. It covers the Fiat logo perfectly and looks very nice. It is not identical to the stock version of the steering wheel, as it has the logo applied to a chrome background… much the same as it is on the North American 500 Abarths. Because I have the Recarro seats with Bose speakers build into the tops, I won’t be pursuing the Abarth logo seats. I do have several customizers in Calgary that can apply the stitched logo to my existing seats, but I’ve chosen not to bother. Aside from the Monza exhaust, the only remaining items I’m considering are the front red accents and the red mirror caps. As it stands now, she’s a glossy black beauty and pretty much identical in appearance to her European cousins. Enjoy your ride… we got an early snowfall in Calgary today, so mine is likely not going to leave my garage again until next spring. The huge, honkin’ SUV is my winter ride. lol

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  9. Hi Dan, I am looking for a few line style images, like the one on your main page that has 124 Spider and the profile of the car. Perhaps you can put an images page up including hi-res Abarth Logo and other hi-res 124 artwork. I am making some custom items for my car and need the hi-res art.

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  10. For all you Abarth owners, I’ve created another Abarth background that you can try out. I’ve added it to the bottom of this blog article.

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  11. Regarding the Abarth branded key fobs, that is actually one of the easier items to fix. Do a search on eBay and you’ll find 14mm Abarth metal stick on buttons. The Fiat logo on the key fob pops off easily using a small screwdriver or knife (it’s just a metal cap), and the replacement button fits in the space perfectly using the adhesive backing it comes with. You don’t need to replace the fob… just the metal logo button.

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