Abarth, Fiat’s in-house tuning arm which is famous for its crazy works has now come up with a brilliant idea, a small efficient two-seater in the Smart Roadster category. Abarth company has been down for some years, but they revived and came up with some of the finest Fiats ever! Specially the 500 Abarth which becomes the king of small hot hatches. And now based on that car, the Abarth Coupe promises performance and efficiency like nothing else.
The Coupe will be a front will drive car and shares many things with 500 to keep the costs low. Also powerplants come straight form that car. Accorfing to AutoExpress first candidate would be the engine that powers 500 Abarth with 135bhp and 180Nm of torque, and a hotter version would receive the esseesse’s engine. Esseesse is another variant of Fiat 500 with a 158bhp engine which delivers great MPG of 45. The coupe weighs a bit more than 1000 kilo and features an aluminium chasis and Fiat’s Torque Transfer Control which acts like a limited slip dif for the front wheels to ensure proper handling. Prices starts from £12,000 and it would arrive in 2010.
source : AutoExpress