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Speculations: Abarth Roadster set to Hit the Streets?

 Speculations: Abarth Roadster set to Hit the Streets?
Abarth Roadster Artists Rendering / Copyright by Automedia

This sexy little roadster would be well suited to fit on the roads of Europe and could fill a gap left in the market after the monumental failure of the Smart roadster. We aren't holding out much hope at the moment, but this little rendering helps stimulate our imagination.

We would expect to see a low displacement engine hiding under the hood, a good contender to occupy this space would be the 1.4-liter engine from the 500 Abarth, possibly slightly detuned from the 135bhp it currently possesses. A Lightweight body construction and Abarth sports components will add to the driving dynamics of the vehicle.

Target price for the Roadster would be in the region of £12,000 and should Abarth press ahead with its development we could expect to see it arrive on the market around 2013.

Published Jul 15, 2008 2:00 pm By Clinton Deacon

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unknownuser
darko2301 u should not post stupid comments. Abarth is nothing like Lexus is for Toyota (or Volvo is for ford or Jeep is for Chrysler). They are different car brands. Abarth is a tuning brand for fiat. Like AMG for Mercedes, like Irmscher for Opel, TRD for Toyota etc. And his point on the Fiat/Ferrari issue is that Fiat owns Ferrari and let them handle the sportcar market(ok they might be exotic sportcars. But that was his point). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abarth
Jul 17, 2008 2:58 pm
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darko2301
@kepe man u should really think before u post such a stupid comment. this wont be fiat, it will be abarth, something like lexus and toyota. basically totally different car and 50yrs ago when fiat 500/600 abarth came they were the best on all competitions. so yes, fiat(abarth) DOES make sporty cars. btw, alfa doesnt do sporty cars too since ferrari does it for them too?
Jul 16, 2008 2:40 am
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darko2301
when i mentioned lexus/toyota i didnt mean they make sporty cars, just the relation between companies
Jul 16, 2008 2:42 am
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insomniac
Nice concept, but I wouldn't expect too much until I hear more details from FIAT. That said, it'd be nice to see a new Barchetta!
Jul 15, 2008 11:44 pm
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Joe_Limon
but it's a fiat, how on earth is are they planning to make it look sporty? They just don't know how to do sporty.
Jul 15, 2008 11:09 pm
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Kepe
Fiat doesn't make sporty cars because Ferrari does those for them...
Jul 16, 2008 2:28 am
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Joe_Limon
I said sporty, not super exotic.
Jul 16, 2008 8:14 am
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DeleteThisAccount
Fiat have a history of making stunning coupes/roadsters. Their last one, the Barchetta, had a 1.8L and retailed for 17K Eur I believe. Until this day I don't know why the smart roadster failed. It was a beautiful car that handled like a classic. I suppose it all comes down to the bottom line.
Jul 16, 2008 9:24 am
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Lutzie
Are you high? Fiat INVENTED the small sporty car. You've obviously never driven a Fiat 127, 128, 125, 131 Racing, 124, 124 Coupe, 124 Spyder, Uno Turbo, Ritmo Abarth etc etc etc.
Jul 31, 2008 3:28 am
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Lutzie
oh yes... forgot the X1/9, 128 sport coupe, 128 3P as well
Jul 31, 2008 3:30 am
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Tuner_Mad
Handling over Power ftw. I really like these kinda cars like Lotuses. Shows how you don't need Big engines to go fast, and they look cute. Woah, £12k? If this is gonna be made, this could sell like hotcakes!
Jul 15, 2008 7:50 pm
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