Now this is a rumor we can get behind. According to Auto Express, Fiat is looking to take the mid-engine, rear-wheel drive fight to the Lotus Elise with a new Abarth roadster based on – get this – the KTM X-Bow. How's that for mouth watering?

Supposedly the Italian's factory tuning division will snap up a slew of rolling chassis from KTM and drop in its own 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder good for around 200 horsepower. Throw in some new body work and suddenly you've got a world-class handling machine that's at least somewhat drivable when the weather turns sour.

AE says that according to "senior sources within the company" the car could show up as soon as 2013. That's still an awfully long way off, so chances are this one has about as much of a chance of coming to fruition as a rear-wheel drive Acura. That's a shame, too. We'd love to play around with a low-buck mid-engine Italian.

[Source: Auto Express]