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Bespoke Abarth Ain't Gonna Happen

Abarth makes it clear that it won't build its own stand-alone model.

The Fiat 500 Abarth is one of the best and cheapest ways to have fun in a car these days. While the standard Fiat 500 has its many charms, the enthusiast’s choice is the Abarth, namely because of its enhanced suspension and turbocharged 1.4-liter four pot. Because of its success in both the US and Europe, there’s been a few rumors going around regarding the possibility of a stand-alone Abarth model, something separate from the rest of the Fiat lineup. This has been done in the past, such as the ultra-rare Abarth 205 from 1950.

So why not do something like this again today? The idea sounds great but according to Abarth chief Marco Magnanini, a bespoke model is not currently in the mix. There also won’t be an Abarth badge attached to the Panda or the 500L. Moreover, it doesn’t appear Abarth will be adding more power to the 1.4-liter turbo simply because the brand wants to maintain "the perfect ratio between power and weight." So if anyone was holding out on buying that 500 Abarth for something more potent from the brand, there’s simply no reason to delay that purchase. That little pocket rocket will remain Abarth’s best.

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