Rumors about an Abarth sports car started in late 2008 when Fiat decided that their in-house tuner could be better utilized. Nothing much has been said since then, but we have finally got some information on the future coupe model. According to Road&Track, the KTM X-Bow will form the underpinnings and running gear for Abarth’s limited edition. Its official debut will be made in 2013.
The future Abarth model will share the chassis with the KTM X-Bow and will be powered by a MultiAir 1.8-liter turbo engine producing between 180-190 bhp. The future coupe model will also come with an Abarth transmission and a unique interior and exterior design and trim. Until now it was rumored that the future Abarth model would be built on a Lotus Elise chassis and running gear, but those parts involve relatively old technology and Abarth doesn’t want to move backward.
Abarth will only build 2,000 units a year with prices in the $80k area.