How many sports cars can one automotive group offer? Just ask the people at Volkswagen, whose various divisions – Lamborghini, Bugatti, Porsche, Audi – churn them out like you and I would write Christmas cards. (Or Hannukah cards, anyway.) And the Fiat group is right behind their German counterparts, with Ferrari and Maserati keeping the upper crust of the market satisfied, and now Alfa Romeo and Abarth filling a more accessible – but potentially no less exciting – niche.
Recently we brought you a progress update on the Alfa Romeo 4C, a concept mid-engine sports car that's now apparently been green-lit for production. In the ruminations of its potential roadworthiness, there was speculation that Abarth could get a version of its own. But those rumors have existed for longer than the 4C concept, and will now appear to outlast it as well.

According to the latest reports, Abarth is pitching a project that would see it develop its own sports car. But while the 4C would be priced similarly to a Porsche Boxster or Nissan 370Z, the Abarth would be positioned lower – maybe at the Mazda MX-5 or the new Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S/Toyota GT-86. It would also likely be front-drive, with between 200 and 250 horsepower, and draw its inspiration from the 1968 Abarth Scorpione pictured at right.

Whether it comes to fruition or not remains to be seen – not to mention its potential arrival in North America – but the prospect of another Italian sportscar isn't something we'd turn down.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      A modern version of a Fiat X1/9 would do very nicely thank you.
        • 3 Years Ago
        This is very likely. Abarth built a few prototype X1/9's in 1975. First time out, they killed the competion. Instead of stopping the project, they should move it forward this time. A rumor a few years back had them buying partial chassis from Lotus.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Take the front wheel platform & make it mid-engined like the x1/9. Or make it rear wheel drive. But a front wheel sportscar will be a flop!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Especially going up against the brz/frs and miata
      Mark S
      • 3 Years Ago
      NOBODY has successfully made an FWD sports car. Mercury Capri, Saab Sonnett, Mitsubishi Exclipse (yeah, I catch flak from somebody that thinks their's is great). I has not been done, and I don't think the dynamics are there.
      • 3 Years Ago
      i have never owned a FWD car, only RWD.
      • 3 Years Ago
      FWD, pass.
        Nick Allain
        • 3 Years Ago
        I had the same thought at first, but there's something about a light tossable high output FWD car that tickles me a bit - like the mazdaspeed3 or 3000GT.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice job i realy think this could work!
      Keith Cooper
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about the SRT-4 or Cobalt SS? I'd say they were successful for what they were.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like to see a minimalist ultra lightweight Viperlike version of the 4C with the same engine as the 500 Abarth. Make it look a lot like the first Porsche. Make a roof optional.
      • 3 Years Ago
      No RWD, no sale.
      Jon T
      • 3 Years Ago
      Check the FWD thing. The source of this article says the car would be front engine and makes no mention of fwd/rwd.
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