Karl Abarth was born in Viena on the 15th of November 1908 and moved to Italy in 1931 where he became an auto designer and five-time European motorcycling champion.
He also established Abarth & C. in 1949 where he manufactured racing cars and performance exhaust systems, some of them being present on the market to this day, the best way to distinguish an Abarth product being the scorpion logo.
Given the tight connection between Abarth and Fiat, who bought Abarth & C. in 1971, and also the successful collaboration between Fiat and Yamaha , the celebration of 100 years from the birth of the great designer is made through a special edition FZ1 Abarth Assetto Corse.
Yamaha Italy has presented the FZ1 within a special exhibit dedicated to Karl Abarth and the bike stands out due to the Ohlins suspensions package, Marchesini rims and sleek tires, Brembo brakes, Akrapovic titan exhaust system as well as the multitude of Rizoma pieces. Also, the Red and White color scheme and Abarth style graphics enhance the performance look of this naked, leaving us wondering if it is ever going to be produced in a limited edition as the bike in the pictures is only a prototype.
On February 28, 2008, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. will release on the Japanese market the new sports model “FZ1” (without cowling) and its tourer variation model “FZ1 FAZER” with a semi-cowl and a number of touring features. Both of these models mount a lightweight, compact high-performance 1000cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke DOHC, in-line-4, 5-valve engine inherited from Yamaha’s proud supersport flagship, the YZF-R1 (2004 European model spec). Based on the popular European models FZ1 and FZ1 FAZER, (...) More