Tony O'Kane | Oct 13, 2010

Following reports from back in 2008 that a Lotus-based Abarth sports car was in development, new reports out of Europe suggest the Italian specialist manufacturer will instead partner with Austrian outfit KTM.

While early reports had suggested the standalone Abarth model would be based upon the chassis of the next-generation Lotus Elise, US magazine Road & Track claims the so-called Abarth SS will be built atop the KTM X-Bow chassis.

Rather than the X-Bow's Volkswagen-sourced 2.0 litre turbo engine, Abarth would likely utilise parent company Fiat's 1.8 litre MultiAir turbo engine, producing around 130 to 140kW.

The switch to a KTM-sourced platform is reportedly due to the high cost of the Lotus platform, along with the far-off availability of the next-generation Elise chassis.

Styling as well remains unknown, however one possibility is that it may somewhat resemble the SS Concept shown above.

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