With the whittled-down Fiat lineup in the U.S., you might’ve forgotten about the brand’s sporty division Abarth. But the brand is still active, still selling sporty Fiats in Europe, and now it has created a one-off roadster to celebrate its racing history. It’s the Abarth 1000 SP, and it’s styled and named after a 1966 race car that won its class at the 500-kilometer Nürburgring race that year.
As other news outlets have noted, it’s pretty obvious the Abarth 1000 SP is a restyled Alfa Romeo 4C (also disappearing from both the U.S. and overseas markets), even if Abarth doesn’t say so specifically. That’s not a bad, thing, though, being both an impressive sports car and one bearing the kind of curves that are perfect for the lines of the original car. The 1966 car’s low pointy nose, curvy fenders and myriad vents and scoops fit great, and we also dig the exposed roll bar and cut-down rear cowls. The rear bumper maybe looks a little awkward, but overall, we think it’s a well-executed car.
Mechanically, it seems unchanged from the 4C. It has the same 1,742-cc turbocharged four-cylinder making 240 horsepower and sitting in the same carbon fiber and aluminum chassis. As such, it should probably be called the Abarth 1740 SP or 1700 SP rather than 1000, since the original was named after the displacement of the modified Fiat 600 engine it used.
The car is just a one-off, so you won’t be able to purchase one, but you might be able to see it at a European car show or museum someday.