Abarth is to start producing performance kits for Alfa Romeo.
The classic Italian tuning brand was brought back to life by Fiat in 2008 and since then its products, based on the 500 and Punto, have sold around 22,000 units. But now the firm’s sales and marketing boss, Antonino Labate, has revealed that it is planning to broaden its scope to include selected Alfa products.
“The brand is doing so well that we plan to start producing more performance kits for Fiats, and even some Alfa Romeo models,” he told Autocar.
"We won’t be working with the Mito since Alfa already has the Cloverleaf, but there are lots of other possibilities.”
Labate also confirmed that Abarth will bring a stand-alone model to market within the next two years. The car is expected to be a rival for the Mazda MX-5, but he denied speculation that Lotus is involved in its development.
However, before that car appears, the marque is set to introduce hot Esseesse versions of its new Punto Evo Abarth and 500C models, both due in November this year.