First stand-alone sports car in more than 30 years will be launched by 2012

Abarth has confirmed it will launch its first stand-alone sports car in more than 30 years.

Antonino Labate, head of sales and marketing at Abarth, told Autocar that the car will be launched in the next two years - but added that Lotus will not be involved in the car's development, or supply Elise underpinnings, as had originally been thought.

“The brand is doing so well we will definitely bring our own standalone Abarth coupe model to market within the next two years," said Labate, who also hinted the car will be a strict two-seater.

Abarth has hankered after a halo model since it relaunched as a standalone brand in 2008, and the sports car is expecetd to have around 240bhp, be mid-engined and weigh around 900kg.

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23 June 2010

Sounds like I need to start saving up for an approaching mid-life crisis... can't wait. If it looks anything like the old Fiat Barchetta, but handles (and ideally sounds) like a mini Ferrari, I'd be looking at every way of making space for one in my life.

23 June 2010

its going to use the 1750cc multiair 235bhp engine i bet.

23 June 2010

[quote beachland2] its going to use the 1750cc multiair 235bhp engine i bet.[/quote]

Absolutely, but I think its the design that arouses my interest. Because no one has a clue what will this look like and I know that italians almost always get it right. This could be the all out sports car and the upcoming alfa spider the luxurious alternative

23 June 2010

Can't wait to see what this looks like, after years of criminally ignoring a potentially strong brand some even better news after the excellent 500. Think I have already had my mid life crisis but this may just be worth a relapse.

23 June 2010

It has just occured to me that this is a direct successor to the old X1/9 - I just hope it's better built. I got a ride in an X1/9 once, and it pretty much terrified me, because it went like a ************, but we were sat about 4 inches off the ground, and the whole thing rattled and shook and generally felt like a death-trap. I've seen evidence on t'Internet that people have shoe-horned big Alfa V6s into 'em, too - imagine something that light with the supercharged 3.7 litre version of that engine!

They really need to revive the Busso V6 for this - even though it's not an Alfa. I hope that they can, at least, make the Chrysler Pentastar V6 as close in character to the Busso as possible.

23 June 2010

I hope they will give the design to Zagato. The Abarth 750 Zagato Coupe from 1956-57 even now look great!

23 June 2010

It might be the coolest car of the decade - I hope it will get RWD.

23 June 2010

Great news, great brand and no doubt a great looker will emerge all topped off with a healthy dose of new modern engines like the Multiair's currently available. I can't wait.

All that will be needed is Autocar testing it and saying it does not quite match the dynamics of the BMW Z3 and the picture will be complete!

23 June 2010

[quote JackB]

It might be the coolest car of the decade - I hope it will get RWD.

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If it's mid engined as quoted you can take it will be RWD

23 June 2010

Good news.

We'll see.

With an engagement in racing or/and a cup.

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