The Abarth 1000 SP is a truly special heritage concept, and it's going to production.
In May this year, Fiat revealed a stunning concept called the Abarth 1000 SP (Sports Prototype). Based on the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, the concept paid tribute to the eponymously-titled car that won the Nurburgring 500 km in 1966. The 4C underneath was clear to see, particularly in the rear haunches and the air intakes that we loved so much when we drove the 4C. But the Abarth-badged version had entirely new front and rear designs, new wheels, and, of course, Abarth scorpion badges to set it apart, while a rear-opening clamshell is unique to this car. Originally, it was said to be a one-off, but a new report from Auto Italia Magazine claims that Fiat is putting the mid-engined sports car into production.
According to the British publication, it will be produced in limited numbers. The information comes courtesy of an interview with Roberto Giolito, head of FCA Heritage and the man behind the design of the special homage concept. Allegedly, each unit will cost in the region of £170,000 ($228,000). As for production numbers, the report cites that an initial run of five has been greenlit, but we expect demand to far outweigh supply and hopefully mean more of them reach production.
Allegedly, the 4C was originally conceived back in 2009 when it was supposed to be a production Fiat sports car in the same vein as the 1000 SP, but was repurposed as an Alfa instead of an MX-5-based sports car that was touted for some time.
The technical specifications emulate those of the carbon fiber 4C Spider, with a mid-mounted 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and driving the rear wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 4C Spider weighed an impressive 2,487 lbs. Wwith slightly less bodywork and no roof, at least not on the concept, the Abarth 1000 SP could weigh a few pounds less.
The 4C Spider was the last version of the 4C sports car sold in the US, but ended production after the 2020 model year, a year after the coupe stopped being sold stateside. The 1000 SP will be badged as an 'Abarth Classiche', with production slated to begin in 2022. There's no word yet on whether the 1000 SP will be sold in America, but given the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA never made it here, we're doubtful this will either.