• Aug 14, 2009

SACS Powershore Abarth SP – Click above for high-res image gallery


When Fiat relaunched its Abarth performance division, it had a fairly straightforward objective: to turn its ordinary hatchbacks into fire-breathing performance models. But as it turns out, Abarth's mandate extends beyond transforming Fiats. The scorpion sub-brand has also turned out the special-edition Yamaha FZ1 Abarth Assetto Corse to celebrate the 100th birthday of its namesake founder Karl Abarth and has teamed up again with the Japanese company – whose MotoGP team it also sponsors, headlined by multiple champion Valentino Rossi – for an offshore inflatable speedboat.

Bringing boatmaker SACS Marine and naval architect Christian Grande into the fold, the Powershore Abarth SP is a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) with not one, not two, but three Yamaha Marine 5.3-liter DOHC 32-valve fuel-injected V8 outboard motors. Each of the three engines produces a tidy 350 horsepower, measured right at the prop-shaft. Based on the SACS Strider 12S, the Abarth SP measures over 40 feet long, weighs 5.7 metric tons and packs a 960-liter fuel tank. Don't forget the double bed, bathroom and galley (that's a kitchen for you land-lubbers). The Powershore Abarth SP is set to debut at the 49th Salone Nautico Internazionale di Genova 2009 in October.



[Source: Italiaspeed]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      did you know the size of the yamaha v8 outboard? its huge! and did you look at the steering wheel....??? the rib is definitely bigger than 20' and also i'm sure room enough for a head and maybe bed.....you can get that on a 21' boston whaler so i don't know what's the issue Peter...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn I'd love to have one of these, the perfect summer toy for the lakes!
      • 5 Years Ago
      +10 @ aloysius .... AutoBlog, keep bringing us anything that's cool and related to any automotive builder in any way....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Your rational, levelheaded assertions are boring me and ruining America.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, that would be insane on the water, ahh, summer time.
      Emulsifide
      • 5 Years Ago
      253 gallons of gas X my local average gas price of $2.79 for 91 octane = $705.87 fillup.

      I'll stick to goofing off on land...thanks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Emulsifide
        And gas is more expensive on the lake, too!
      • 5 Years Ago
      how many GPH?
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Based on the SACS Strider 12S, the Abarth SP measures over 40 feet long, weighs 5.7 metric tons and packs a 960-liter fuel tank. Don't forget the double bed, bathroom and galley (that's a kitchen for you land-lubbers)."

      Am I missing something the boat in that picture is no more than 20' tip to Prop, and the hull is no where deep enough for any type of living quarters, am I missing autoBlogs joke?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It seems to me that the proportions are off and the boat is way bigger than it looks. Just to think each of these engines in the back has a 5.3L V8 underneath gives me the feeling it must be enormous. But then again, how is this boat inflatable and with full interior and all. Meh I just think I don't know anything about boats...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Look very, very closely at the seats in the picture. They're tiny.

        This is just a scale model of what the real thing will look like.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought the same thing. The seats do look tiny, but no matter how I look at it, I can't seem to wrap my head around it.

        The thing looks about the size of an ordinary car to me...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was wondering the same thing....it doesn't look that big..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Autoblog or Boatblog? If there were a boat blog - I would read it.

      PS: A RIB with three outboards is not so uncommon - nor a connection to auto manufacturers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Shut it. Anything with an internal combustion engine that provides forward, sideways, and reverse motion is interesting to me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Petrol powered dildo?
        • 5 Years Ago
        How about a... nevermind I can't 1up that last one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Riding lawn mowers?
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