• Oct 12, 2010
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It looks like the fiends at Abarth and KTM are looking to shack up. Road & Track is reporting that the two speed-bent names are joining forces for the creation of the much-rumored mid-engine two-seater from Abarth. At the heart of the program will the chassis from the KTM X-Bow, though in place of the turbo Volkswagen 2.0-liter, Fiat plans to drop in its own MultiAir 1.8-liter turbo mill. That means that the whole kit and caboodle will scoot down the road with somewhere between 180 and 190 horsepower.

This new rumor runs contrary to the previous murmurings that had Abarth courting Lotus for the use of the Elise chassis. According to Road & Track, those bones were just a little too expensive for Abarth to justify, so the factory tuners began to look elsewhere. Supposedly, we can expect the Italian machine to be a low-volume creation, with annual sales projected to hit no more than 2,000 units. Expect the price tag to land around $80,000 when it debuts in 2013. Start saving your pennies, kids.



[Source: Road & Track]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess that cements a big fat NO, as the answer for "will it come to the US?"
      or, "will it come to US streets?"
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate this car and all the attention it generates here.

        • 4 Years Ago
        You have rightfully earned your comment score.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn thats a lot of money for a whole lot of nothing.

      for $80,000 you might as well wait for the new lotus exige, which will run circles around this thing.

      Don't get me wrong the idea of this happening sends a tingle up my leg but really $80,000 for a 180hp car.... REALLY? i dont even think this is worth the abarth logo, but then again an abarth fiat 300 isnt either.... ugh im disappointed..
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish I could live in the shoes for just one day of someone who can afford an $80K go-cart.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This sounds like a downgrade from an X-Bow, for a higher price at that.

      The regular X-Bow is 250 hp on a 1,500 lb car. The GT4 version of the car, which has relatively small modifications like safety equipment and different aero (it has the same motor), is almost as fast as the GT3 Corvettes. There isn't much like it for €65k. For instance, on your average race track it is comparable to road cars that cost twice as much.

      Its definitely faster than an Exige, because it is faster than its direct competitors in GT4, the Lotus 2-Eleven. A 2-Eleven is a stripped out Elise chassis with a 250 hp motor. Exiges are about 500-700 lbs heavier with the same motor.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. Unless the Abarth is street legal in the U.S. I see no reason to buy it over the regular KTM model.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You must work for them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Eff this.... JUST GIVE US THE DAMNED CROSSBOW!!!! If it was street legal here, it would be in my garage!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 1.8 Multiair is already available in a 235hp version, and the 200hp version has been os sale for over a year now. So i have no idea where that 180hp figure came from. Unless, of course, you're talking about the 1.4 Multiair.
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