• Nov 17th 2008 at 10:01AM
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Click above for more images of the Yamaha FZ1 Abarth Assetto Corse

Before Karl Abarth was putting his sporting touches on Fiats for competition, he was a successful motorcycle racer, winning five European Championships. When Fiat realized how successful Abarth was with its cars, the Italian automaker purchased the tuning division and made it an integral part of its operations. The relationship has continued to this day and the tuning company is now an official division. The motorcycling connection finally comes full circle, as Fiat is the main sponsor for Yamaha's MotoGP race team and star rider (not to mention current MotoGP champion) Valentino Rossi. To celebrate Abarth's centenary, Fiat and Yamaha have teamed up on a tuned version of the 150 horsepower FZ1, a naked version of the previous-gen R1 literbike. The FZ1 Abarth Assetto Corse gets extra-special goodies like a complete Öhlins suspension, Marchesini wheels, Brembo monobloc front brake calipers, and an Akrapovic exhaust system. We're smitten with the red and white paint job, which looks resplendent against its attendant Abarth scorpion logos.

[Source: Italiaspeed]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't understand the point of nakeds since fairings serve an aerodynamic purpose, but this is zexy as hell. However, if it isn't a cruiser, I'm not that interested in it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I kind of like this more than the new R1.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please let it be sold in the US!
        • 6 Years Ago
        It wont.

        Unfortunately we don't even get the standard FZ-1 here, all we get is the faired Fazer version. The pic shows a naked version of the bike so no-go on that, not to mention that Abarth isn't a name known well here. Make it with a Shelby badge and it would be a different story...
      • 6 Years Ago

      That has almost as much gold on it as the original MV Agusta F4 Serie Oro.

      Not bad looking at all, save the long angular headlight. It is a bit "beaky" and odd.