Mike Stevens | Dec 27, 2011

Abarth's long-rumoured standalone model has returned to the spotlight, with reports out of the US claiming that Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne has confirmed a unique car for the brand's tuning house.

While past reports have pointed to platform-sharing with the Fiat 500, the next Elise, KTM's X-Bow and - more likely - the Alfa Romeo 4C, America's Car & Driver claims we'll instead see a front-engined rear-driver from Abarth.

Speaking with the US magazine, Marchionne reportedly said that the new model, which has yet to be confirmed for final production, will deliver somewhere between 150 and 190kW - pointing to an engine in the 1.6 to 2.0 litre range.

If a purpose-built Abarth coupe does ever come to light, we can likely expect the car to draw its styling inspiration from the classic and rare-as-rocking-horse-dung 1968 Abarth Scorpione.

If that's the case, ultra-lightweight construction for the new Scorpione coupe will be on the menu - although it's unlikely to come anywhere close to the 670kg kerb weight of the original.

Above: the Abarth SS concept.
Above: the Abarth SS concept.

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