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Abarth to launch a sports car
Abarth has confirmed it will launch its first stand-alone sports car in more than 30 years.

Antonino Labate, head of sales and marketing at Abarth, told Autocar that the car will be launched in the next two years - but added that Lotus will not be involved in the car's development, or supply Elise underpinnings, as had originally been thought.
 

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Lotus anyone?

They say they wont be helping, yet the concept looks exactly the same minus a couple things lol
 

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I'd rock it just for the coolest badge in existence.
 

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Update!

Abarth X-Bow has Exige in sights
Italians readying secret new Lotus rival based on chassis of lightweight KTM.

Abarth’s sports car line-up is growing! On top of the planned speedster and roadster version of the 500 exclusively revealed by Auto Express back in June (Issue 1,120), the Fiat-owned tuner has now confirmed it will build a Lotus Exige rival based on the radical KTM X-Bow.

In a move that will delight fans of fast and focused Italian cars everywhere, senior sources within the company told us that the resulting model would be a
limited-edition, mid-engined two-seater due in 2013.

They’ve revealed that Abarth is buying a rolling chassis from the renowned Austrian motorbike maker, which ventured into the four-wheeler market for the first time two years ago. However, where the X-Bow had an Audi-sourced TFSI powerplant fitted behind the driver, Abarth will install a new 1.8-litre version of Fiat’s award-winning MultiAir turbocharged petrol engine, which will produce more than 200bhp.

A unique bodyshell and interior will then be constructed around the X-Bow’s carbon fibre monocoque platform, swapping KTM’s chopped-up track car exterior for a more stylish appearance that references Abarth’s links with Fiat.

As our illustration shows, the front end is likely to feature a bold grille and prominent badge in between oval lamps, similar to those on the 500. And even though the reskin will probably add more kilos to the X-Bow’s 790kg weight, it will make the car a much more practical proposition for owners.

The likelihood is either a one-off production run of up to 2,000, or a limited-edition model with sales spread over two or three years. Prices are expected to range from around
 

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Price isn't too bad either. Not like the Lotus/Ferrari/Porshce limited editions which double the model price and add a new badge and paint job.
 

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Let's hope heartless money man Marchionne signs off on it.
New rendering is too Lotus inspired. The last white rendering/model is perfect.
 
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