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Ever since the Fiat 500 showed up in concept car form, there was inevitable talk of resurrecting the Abarth version for the sports-minded motorist. When we saw THAT concept, we offered up our first-born children. But there is some doubt that the U.S. will ever get these Fiats, let alone the Abarth editions. Bad news for us, but there is actually even better news for those in Europe. It seems Abarth might be established as its own marque within the FIAT kingdom, with sport models of the 500 and Grande Punto an almost certainty. But according to this piece in Caradisiac, the Abarth brand might even get unique vehicles unto itself.

In a conversation with Director of FIAT, Luca De Meo, it came out that besides making Abarth a separate division, they would also get exclusive models, maybe even something along the lines of the Abarth roadster seen here. It could easily be built off of the 500 Abarth platform and give the brand a halo car of sorts to visually represent what the marque is all about. The Abarth SS Concept seen here was designed by IED, and although just a styling exercise, could realistically reach the market as a production vehicle. Rumors of 185-hp versions of the T-Jet have swirled, but even the 145-155 hp mills would make this tiny barchetta fly. Just one more reason to move to Italy.

[Source: Caradisiac]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      *yawn*, what a random concept

      "When we saw THAT concept, we offered up our first-born children."
      -sarcastic comment not entered-
      • 8 Years Ago
      This was actually done by friends of mine. IED is a design school in Torino, Italy where we all are currently in the transportation design program. The names of the students are Matteo Bergantin, Michele Cito, Andrea Corona, Alex Mastinu, Giulio Partisani and Satoshi Shiina.

      I just thought the credit should be given to those who worked on the project.

      • 8 Years Ago
      As an owner of a 500 in the early 70's that I "hopped" up with an Abarth exhaust ( straight thru...very loud) and steering wheel (so I could turn faster), this is quite a change.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wasn't this previewed before at this site?