Currently reading: Abarth to launch a sports car
First stand-alone sports car in more than 30 years will be launched by 2012
Autocar
News
1 min read
23 June 2010

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.

See all the latest Fiat reviews, news and video

Join the debate

Comments
13
Add a comment…
Straight Six Man 23 June 2010

Re: Abarth to launch a sports car

beachland2 wrote:

Straight Six Man wrote:

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

its time you faced the truth about new cars, they wont have big engines any more. certainly not cars that are intended to make more than a few thousand sales.i doubt we will ever see any larger engines than 2.0 litres in the future (supercars aside).

Rubbish - right now, loads of car have 3.0 litre + engines. They aren't going to die as quickly as you think...

beachland2 23 June 2010

Re: Abarth to launch a sports car

Straight Six Man wrote:

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

its time you faced the truth about new cars, they wont have big engines any more. certainly not cars that are intended to make more than a few thousand sales.i doubt we will ever see any larger engines than 2.0 litres in the future (supercars aside).

Los Angeles 23 June 2010

Re: Abarth to launch a sports car

900 kg ... about the weight of Murray's proposed small sports car?