Abarth Roadster - Like A Lotus, But Not?

Not the new Abarth roadster...
Not the new Abarth roadster...
Abarth will unveil a bespoke mid-engined roadster in 2012 - and latest reports suggest it won't be based on the KTM X-Bow or Lotus Elise as previously thought.

Abarth's unique sports car, which will hit showrooms early in 2013, will be a nod to the 1960s, when Abarth produced a series of bespoke-bodied sports and racing cars.

According to an Autocar report, the new car will echo the layout of the Lotus Elise, employing a transverse, mid-mounted layout, a similar roof mechanism and even similar proportions. Power, as expected, will come from Fiat's new MultiAir engine range, while transmitting the power will be Fiat Auto's soon-to-be-launched dual-clutch gearbox.

It is also reported that the roadster will be pitched at around £25,000 - which is presumably one of the main reasons for Fiat's rejection of the ultra-expensive, carbon fibre-heavy KTM X-Bow being used as the basis for the car.

And it might just be our imaginations, but could it be possible that Fiat's decision not to use Lotus as its engineering partner for the Abarth roadster has something to do with the fact that Lotus CEO Dany Bahar is ex-Ferrari? Is this a good ol' Italian blood feud? Who knows...

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  • farrendahl 06 Jul 2012

    654pm said:

    Js had to join this site to get a few things straight about abarth , so its my first PC ,

    I did the final score on the roadster concept , and the engine for the alfa C4 . Not sure whats all goin on in there but im assuming they have the hydraulic valve engine in one somewhere .

    The score was too design the car to the best of abilitys around the use of the citreon C1 gearbox , which has the diff on the front , the one that I would have thought just gone staight into the lotus glovebox .

    Hey , I do all the work around here , anyway thats why it looks like an elise . minus the hugh induction system off the front of the car , concept or no concept , which nicked off the front of my lancia prisma .lol

    I hope nobody reads this , because I aint supposed to own the company , nobody is allowed to do any work and well , by no suggestion is anydody going to pimp out the alfa C4 !


    meeeeeeeow
    And now in English?

  • 654pm 06 Jul 2012


    Js had to join this site to get a few things straight about abarth , so its my first PC ,

    I did the final score on the roadster concept , and the engine for the alfa C4 . Not sure whats all goin on in there but im assuming they have the hydraulic valve engine in one somewhere .

    The score was too design the car to the best of abilitys around the use of the citreon C1 gearbox , which has the diff on the front , the one that I would have thought just gone staight into the lotus glovebox .

    Hey , I do all the work around here , anyway thats why it looks like an elise . minus the hugh induction system off the front of the car , concept or no concept , which nicked off the front of my lancia prisma .lol

    I hope nobody reads this , because I aint supposed to own the company , nobody is allowed to do any work and well , by no suggestion is anydody going to pimp out the alfa C4 !


    meeeeeeeow

  • otolith 28 Oct 2010

    otolith said:
    Didn't spot that - slightly more credible then, but where's the image from, does it say?
    Got myself a copy - the image is made up by AutoCar by applying elements of Abarth's 60's models to the scale and layout of the current Elise. That article says that it won't be Elise based, though, instead using a spaceframe chassis, so I think the rendering of an Elise with Abarth badges is unlikely to be anything like the real car.

  • johnycarrera 28 Oct 2010

    We've got two PH guys that go on all the Scottish and Borders runs with V6 Toyota engined Mk3 MR2s, they really shift......... But off topic!

  • kambites 28 Oct 2010

    I never understood why they didn't put the Celica's engine in the MR2.

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