Mid-Engined Abarth To Be Based On KTM


A mid-engined limited-run Abarth Sports car due out in 2013 will use KTM running gear, it seems.

The news that Abarth is to use X-Bow underbits for its new sports car - which comes out of Italy via the chaps at US car mag Road & Track - means that Lotus has lost out in bid to provide the basis for the Abarth car.

Originally Abarth had been in discussions with Hethel, but the Elise's age (its basic platform will be 18 years old by 2013) and high cost has pushed Abarth in other directions.

Should the deal with KTM come to fruition, Fiat will chuck out the 2.0-litre Audi lump, and drop in a 180-190bhp version of its latest 1.8-litre MultiAir engine. Abarth will also clothe the car in bespoke bodywork and create its own cabin for the car.

Price-wise, R&T reckons it could cost up to £50k, which is a lot for a fast Fiat, with 1500-2000 units to be made over a three-year cycle.

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  • ctallchris 13 Oct 2010

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    Yes.

  • Forbes82 13 Oct 2010

    Lotus cost pushed them elsewhere? I might be wrong but i thought the KTM was a rather expensive bit of kit compared to rivals?

  • lordlee 13 Oct 2010

    Can't wait to see the finished product. It better be good if it is indeed 50k but it's just nice to see manufacturers pushing the boundaries from their normal target Market.

  • P4ROT 13 Oct 2010

    Forbes82 said:
    Lotus cost pushed them elsewhere? I might be wrong but i thought the KTM was a rather expensive bit of kit compared to rivals?
    Ye- I've always thought it was overpriced- the reviews have never really been 5 star either....would have been so much better based on elise!

  • johnycarrera 13 Oct 2010

    Wouldve liked to see some concept drawings or pictures!

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