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Abarth SS Concept by IED – Click above for high-res image gallery

Reports of Abarth getting its own sports car have been surfacing pretty much since Fiat relaunched the brand. They seem to have intensified recently, with reports alternately suggesting that the Scorpion marque could partner with either Lotus or KTM on the development of a mid-engine roadster. The latest scuttlebutt, however, indicates that Abarth could go it alone on the new model.

The issue with KTM is reportedly that its carbon-fiber X-Bow, upon which the Abarth roadster could be based, is too expensive for the low price point Fiat seeks. The hesitance to work with Lotus, however, may be more personal. Lotus CEO Danny Bahar defected there from Ferrari, and took a number of personnel from both Maranello and Maserati with him.

As a result, Abarth could build a Lotus Elise rival from the ground up, powered by the latest-generation MultiAir engine mated to the company's new dual-clutch gearbox. Such a move would, however, seem at odds with Sergio Marchionne's push to integrate products and platforms across Fiat and Chrysler brands. But if a mid-engine Dodge roadster came out of it as well, you wouldn't find us complaining.

[Source: PistonHeads]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I think Marchionne is smart enough to figure out that if Abarth gets this vehicle, he would amortize it's costs a lot faster if Dodge also got a version of it to sell in the US.
      • 4 Years Ago
      yes, yes, and yes (if the starting price is around 25k)
        • 4 Years Ago
        good luck on that!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm in for a 21st century X1/9.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Proxy war?

      If it's personal then Ferrari will no doubt support Abarth with the might of Fiat, But Toyota will back Lotus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring it. I like toys. :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Neo Dodge Razor, would love it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone ripped off the Porsche 918!

      Before I read the title, I was like.... hey a Porsche concept. Hmmm.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        except that that concept drawing is at least one year older than the 918.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I took a moment to look it up: the Abarth concept is actually from 2007.
        I mean, Porsche is famous for having the laziest design team in the world, while the Italians keep producing radical (but not always successful, but that's not the point) new designs through the years...you should at least have given them the benefit of the doubt :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      abarth to go it alone? wtf

      needs some fixing.

      • 4 Years Ago
      A Dodge mid-engined roadster to replace my 1988 MR2? Oh, yes, yes, yes, please, please, please...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why would you want brand an Italian sort car with the same iron emblem as the Texas pickup of the year... I would complain, that Abarth Scorpion badge is a HUGE part in the heritage of Abarth. Carlo Abarth would die twice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More affordable mid engined driver's cars please. Love the Elise, but it's not exactly cheap.
        • 4 Years Ago
        An Abarth-modified Fiat giant-killer was the norm in the 60's, 70's and 80's. And by definition they were not expensive. It only got to be a tad higher priced when they went off and and built (or modified) such vehicles as the Lancia 037 Rally and the Lancia Integrale Evo.
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