With the whittled-down Fiat lineup within the U.S., you may’ve forgotten in regards to the model’s sporty division Abarth. However the model remains to be lively, nonetheless promoting sporty Fiats in Europe, and now it has created a one-off roadster to have fun its racing historical past. It is the Abarth 1000 SP, and it is styled and named after a 1966 race automobile that gained its class on the 500-kilometer Nürburgring race that yr.
As other news outlets have noted, it is fairly apparent the Abarth 1000 SP is a restyled Alfa Romeo 4C (additionally disappearing from each the U.S. and abroad markets), even when Abarth would not say so particularly. That is not a foul, factor, although, being each a powerful sports activities automobile and one bearing the form of curves which can be good for the strains of the unique automobile. The 1966 automobile’s low pointy nostril, curvy fenders and myriad vents and scoops match nice, and we additionally dig the uncovered roll bar and cut-down rear cowls. The rear bumper possibly seems a bit awkward, however total, we expect it is a well-executed automobile.
Mechanically, it appears unchanged from the 4C. It has the identical 1,742-cc turbocharged four-cylinder making 240 horsepower and sitting in the identical carbon fiber and aluminum chassis. As such, it ought to in all probability be known as the Abarth 1740 SP or 1700 SP moderately than 1000, because the unique was named after the displacement of the modified Fiat 600 engine it used.
The automobile is only a one-off, so you will not have the ability to buy one, however you may have the ability to see it at a European automobile present or museum sometime.