Abarth 124 Rally Specifications

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Already the winner of the  FIA R ~ Gran Turismo class World Championships for 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020!!


124 Rally racing along special stage rally section of Fiat’s Balocco test track ~ photo courtesy of Autocar


Abarth “Race-Ready” final assembly in Turin, Italy ~ photo courtesy of Autocar


124 rally at track


I imagine that a majority of my blog readers are unlikely to be submitting an order for this racing variant of Mazda’s N platform, since Abarth is advertising to sell them for around $175,000 USD (plus a bunch of taxes), but I’ve been motivated today by Peter T. (owner of the  ABARTH 124 GT discussed in an earlier article), to learn more about the ABARTH 124 RALLY, which has already won the FIA R-GT World Championships for 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020!!!

I am now presenting a compilation of the specs and observations I’ve gathered thus far (updated as I become aware of changes/corrections) …

21st 124

Body Style: Coupe (removable hardtop only; no soft top installed)
Platform: 4th generation of N platform developed under Mazda/FCA joint partnership
Assembly Plant(s): Hiroshima, Japan (partial build) and finished up in Turin, Italy
Drivetrain: Front-midship engine, rear wheel drive (RWD)
Intended Use: Not certified street legal; turnkey race car built to FIA R-GT specifications.

Here’s the FIA release (the same group governing Formula 1) on the new R-GT Cup. Full R-Gran Turismo class rules are here, but the short version is two doors, two wheel drive, naturally aspirated or turbocharged or supercharged, no limit on engine size (though larger engine does mean higher minimum weight), must be a production car with at least 200 road models built per year, and must have a trunk of at least 2.65 cu ft (no Zonda R’s). So it’s open to all kinds of sports car / Gran Turismo car insanity.

Layout: Monocoque unibody; front and rear suspension sub-frames
Chassis construction: High-tensile strength steel with full rally-spec reinforcements and Roll Cage
Aluminum body panels: Hood, front quarter panels, decklid
Steel body panels: Doors, rear quarter panels, narrow panel just ahead of decklid
Carbon Fiber composite: Inner door trim panels and removable custom hardtop roof exclusive to  ABARTH 124 RALLY (with air scoop, Lexan rear window; interior surface unfinished)

Engine: Abarth “Bialbero”* 1.8 Liter Turbocharged I-4, in-line four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, mounted slightly further rearward than the 1.4 L engine in the 124 SPIDER
Displacement: 1,742 cc (106.3 cu in)
Bore x Stroke: 83.0 mm x 80.5 mm
Power: (SAE) 296 hp @ 6,500 RPM
Part No. / Codes Associated: 960A1000, 960A1047
Also used in:
ALFA ROMEO 4C (960_) 1.8 (960.CXB1A) 960 A1.000
ALFA ROMEO 4C SPIDER (961_) 1.8 960 A1.000
ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA (940_) 1.8 TBi 960 A1.000
Torque: 444 lb.•ft.!
Air Intake System: BMC  Hi-Performance with filter

rally engine closeup

*    “Bialbero” is Italian for “Twin Cam”, so this engine apparently isn’t Multi-Air

Description:  SADEV  six-speed sequential, dogring, Model #  SCL82-17 

sadev trans

MX-5 Racing installation manual of same transmission courtesy of Long Road Racing

Description: SADEV Mechanical Limited Slip Differential, paired to SADEV transmission via 34″ driveshaft

Description: Developed with LM Gianetti, using ExtremeShox EXT 4-way adjustable coil-over racing shocks and coaxial adjustable ride height springs

Description: Rack-and-pinion
Power Assist: Double pinion electric power assist

Description: Hydraulic with independent front and rear pumps
Front Brakes: 
Brembo Gran Turismo floating ventilated discs with aluminum hat, 14 in. (355 mm), opposed aluminum 4-piston fixed calipers and 32 mm thick pads
Rear Brakes: Brembo Gran Turismo floating ventilated discs with aluminum hat, 12.6 in. (320 mm), opposed aluminum 4-piston fixed calipers and 28 mm thick pads

rally black GT brakes

Rollover Protection: Safety Roll Cage welded to chassis
Safety Harnesses: 6-point Sedili Racing Sabelt


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Wheel Rims: Custom exclusively for Abarth 124 RALLY  by OZ Racing, 18″ x 8″, aluminum alloy, white, 8 spokes
Wheel Bolt Pattern
: 5 x 110 PCD (not the 4 x 100 pattern for the 124 SPIDER)
Center Bore: ?? (≈ 60 mm)
Wheel Offset (ET)
: +53 mm (positive offset, aka wheel inset) 
Country of Origin: Italy
Tire Mfr. and Model: Michelin 
Tire Size, Type and Rating:  225/45R18C, Commercial

[ADDED 3/26/2021]
I don’t think the tires in the pics below are original to the Abarth 124 RALLY.  The vehicle pictured is being sold as a former race car that was used as a development vehicle back in the Fiat’s Turin factory – “to adjust the ride height and ground clearance for future cars”, and is currently registered with Italian papers for “road use”.  Currently the details can be seen @ (196 great photos to see!).  I’ve also noted that the tires on the vehicle’s OZ Racing rims are Michelin Latitude Cross 215/60R15, and the spare tire in the trunk is BFGoodrich 215/65R15, but again, these are not the Spec wheels and tires.

Note: The trunk cavity is reported as having been modified to accommodate two spares secured upright, but that isn’t evident in the photo above.  Could the rig hanging under the trunk be a second (horizontal) spare carrier?


Wheelbase: 90.9 in. (2,309 mm)
Track Width, Front: 58.9 in. (1,496 mm)
Track Width, Rear: 59.1 in. (1,503 mm)
Overall Length: 159.6 in. (4,054 mm)
Overall Width (w/o mirrors): 68.5 in. (1,740 mm)
Curb Weight*, pounds (kg): 2,315 (1,050) (vs. 2,516 (1,141) for AT Abarth 124 Spider)
Weight Distribution: 49% Front / 51% Rear (vs. 53% Front / 47% Rear for 124 Spider)
“Passport” Weight: curb weight + weight of spare wheel(s) and other options for race

rally engine

201 pounds were removed!  (and mostly from the front – is the battery in the trunk?).  I also like the remote oil filter.

*  North American Curb Weight is defined as the weight of a vehicle in running order, unoccupied and unladen, with all fluid reservoirs filled to nominal capacity (full) including fuel, and with all standard equipment fitted (options and accessories are not included).

Fiat claims the ABARTH 124 RALLY empty weight is 2,205 pounds, but after subtracting 95 pounds of fuel (11.9 U.S. gallons), 15 pounds remain unaccounted for.  I’m going to assume one spare wheel is standard equipment, has been included in curb weight, but has been subtracted for the empty weight figure.

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8 thoughts on “Abarth 124 Rally Specifications

    • It starts out as the same engine, but it has a stronger turbo and some other modifications, as I don’t think the engine in the 4C puts out 296 hp and 444 lb.•ft. of torque. 😉


  1. Does any one know which tow eyes are used on the R-GT? Are they custom, or are they an off the shelf option that can be purchased?


    • Hi Dan,
      thanks for the link. Really interesting to see all the differences that make a 124 Rally. And look at the engine bay, how much space the 1.8L has.They should also have put this in the street version 😦

      By coincidence i already thought about what to do with my dash ^^
      Covering it in Alcantara surely is a nice idea, though I’m having some concerns about the passenger airbag. The usual method seems to be to put seams around the general area. I’m not a fan of how this usually looks.
      With my previous car changing the fabric over the passenger airbag to leather was a popular mod but I avoided that for the reason that I didn’t like the prominent stitch pattern that had to be put there.

      However a few days ago I ordered a dash cover from Dash Designs. I’ll see if i like it or not. So far one negative is that nobody in europe sells these for the 124 so I’m having to import it from the States. These shipping costs are just ridiculous.


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