Fiat plans US bound Abarth sports car to do battle with the Alfa Romeo 4C

2011 Abarth Scorp-Ion Concept by IED Exterior
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Now that Alfa Romeo is set to return to North American after a lengthy absence, Fiat is looking at a number of measures on how it plans to return to the US and Canada with a bang as well.

One option that the Italian automaker is planning on pursuing is building a ’more affordable’ sports car to compliment the Alfa Romeo 4C soon after the latter is released in 2013. Word is that this affordable sports car will be built as an Abarth, one that is being pegged to take on a market heavyweight like the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Easier as that is said than it is done, Fiat understands that the Alfa Romeo 4C might not be up to the budget of a lot of American consumers, especially considering that the car is already being touted as a possible rival to a couple of Porsche sports cars: the Cayman and the Boxster.

Should Fiat push forward and build a front-wheel drive sports car under Abarth, we expect it to carry an output of somewhere around 200 horsepower, possibly even going up north to 250. No details have been made as far as what the car is going to look like, but we’d love it if the Italian automaker brushes off an old Abarth classic - the 1968 Scorpione - and build a modern-day take on what we consider one of the sexiest sports cars of the 60’s. That or they could just make some modifications on the Abarth Scorp-Ion Concept that we saw earlier this year.


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  (503) posted on 04.30.2012

Aside from its shark-like appearance, I wonder if its actual performance is as aggressive as its look. The competition isn’t much, to be honest.

  (474) posted on 02.14.2012

Obviously, this car is like an aircraft and it’s really fantastic future car. They should push it forward and build a good output of this brilliant aircraft look alike sports car.

  (595) posted on 01.18.2012

I am not impressed on the look of this car. It sure does a futuristic car on its platform but its more of an alien car to me. Haha. Anyway, will they ever produce this car?

  (342) posted on 01.10.2012

Alfa Romeo is what is will gamble with. smiley I am so fond of the design of Alfa Romeo and its speed performance and engine specs. But I am also impressed with Abarth. smiley

  (473) posted on 01.4.2012

No offense meant, but this car looks like an alien car. For real. Haha. Anyway, lets see who will win on this battle. What side are you in?

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