Back before Fiat relaunched the Abarth performance brand, enthusiasts and auto journos across the pond were enamored with a humble but reportedly fun-filled little number called the Panda 100HP. As you might have guessed, it was Fiat's basic hatchback, packing a modest 100 horsepower, but the combination was said to be one of the most enjoyable driving machines around.

The Panda 100HP was overshadowed and ultimately replaced by the arrival of the 500 Abarth, based on the same platform but with retro styling and more power on offer. But new reports indicate that Abarth may now be looking to the newly facelifted Panda (pictured above) as a third model for its range, alongside the Cinquecento and Punto but with less power and a more accessible price tag.

According to Auto Express, the Abarth Panda would pack about 110 horsepower from a tuned version of Fiat Powertrain Technology's much-lauded two-cylinder turbo engine. Coupled with 16- or 17-inch alloys, full body kit and a performance-oriented interior with sport buckets, a thick-rimmed steering wheel and short-throw shifter, the utile Panda could pack a mean little punch.


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      Bret Frohwein
      • 3 Years Ago
      They've managed to squeeze more HP out of that twin-air?? wow.. I don't see anything wrong with offering a little punch in an econo-daily-driver. not all of us can afford super-cars.
      P.Z. Dawkins
      • 3 Years Ago
      I completely love that interior. The practical side of me REALLY wants one of these. Hopefully Fiat will bring it stateside soon so I can give it a spin.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      the panda and abarth fit like a bodybuilder on high heals. sorry fiat. keep the panda what it is..a practical car with a great character. great they have the new 2cylinder though.
      alefradi
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why an Abarth PANDA. The small and cheap car that Giugiaro designed to be... well... just a car. A car that, in 1980, had two engines: a 0.65cc 30HP and a 0.9 45HP. A sporty Panda is as right as a sporty vacuum cleaner. On a side note... It's "500", not "Cinquecento". The latter is the 90's box-like model, the first is the latest model (as well as the 50's/60's one). BTW, I'm Italian.
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @alefradi
        "BTW, I'm Italian." And that gives you some sort of special privilege with regards to airing an opinion about a Fiat model? Pull the other one mate, it's got bells on.
          aatbloke1967
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          "Your statement is nonsensical. I don't think any manufacturer relies solely on sales in it's home market." That's not my point. My point is that an Italian has no more privileges to air opinions about Fiat than anyone else, because Fiat doesn't rely solely on Italians to do business. Get it now?
          Rick C.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Yes, yes I believe it would.
          lasertekk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Your statement is nonsensical. I don't think any manufacturer relies solely on sales in it's home market.
          aatbloke1967
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          "Yes, yes I believe it would." Ironic then isn't it that Fiat couldn't remain in business in its present form if it solely relied on the Italian market.
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @alefradi
        "500" is pronounced "Cinquecento" in Italian. Whatsmore, the Cinquecento and Seicento models you're referring to are essentially 500 and 600 respectively. The nomenclature really doesn't matter whether its pronounced numerically or phonetically. There's nothing wrong with a sporty Panda; after all, there are 4x4 variants of both the old and new models. The original Giugiaro model is a far cry from the current namesake. Speaking of the old car, while you may scoff at the old 652cc and 903cc engines, the four-pot in particular was a tried and tested engine which ran for many years in numerous models, even alongside the 999cc FIRE unit which was designed to replace it.
          landoflostsouls
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          by the way "tu sei un propio stronzo." Capisci?
          lasertekk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          A biological process reply...no google translate needed for that!
          Gianfranco
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Aatbloke, you didn't get alefradi's point. Fiat produced an A segment model from 1991 to 1998 called "Cinquecento" in letters and another one from 1998 to 2010 called "Seicento". The 600 is the 1955 model, the 500 is both the 1957 model and the 2007 one. The fact that 500 is pronunced "cinquecento" is irrelevant. I don't think you know of an Audi model called "4" but the "Quattro" was produced indeed, just like you can buy a "Mini One" but not a "Mini 1".
          Gianfranco
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          "We ourselves used to have a Seicento Sporting in the family - whether you pronounce it in Italian (seicento) or English (six hundred) is irrelevant; Fiat simply badged the car phonetically in Italian instead of numerically. It's still a 600." Apart from fact of being able to do it, I don't see why you should call a car with it's translated name. As I said, there was an Audi Quattro but not an Audi 4, or Four. We can buy a Mini One, not a Mini Uno, like you could buy a Fiat Uno, not a Fiat 1 or a Fiat One. Otherwise you should call an Astra a Stars, an Alfa Mito should be Alfa Myth and the Fiat Punto should be a Fiat Point. It's only cars whose name is made up by figures that can be translated, so a Fiat 500 can be called a "five hundred", just as we call a Chrysler 300 a "trecento". Not the other way round.
        Colin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @alefradi
        Why NOT an Abarth Panda! The first Abarths were based on little 500 and 600s - fun in tiny packages. Nothing could be truer to tradition than the Panda in fact.
      IBx28
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pandaring to their fan base.
      Bill
      • 3 Years Ago
      Be awesome it was painted to looke like a panda: white and black. Should. Name it dodge mountain goat to go with the ram family. Or the dodge Ox. Something like that. Kind of a wink to scion xA xB right? Dodge Ox
      2o6
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still not really feeling the styling, but that twin-air sounds interesting. Fiat should drop the 1.4L in the US 500 and put that in instead.
      Bill
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great interior. Its a low priced model right? Amazing job.
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