Presented as a show car in May 2021, the modern interpretation of the Abarth 1000 SP it will finally be marketed in a very limited series. This tribute to the 1966 Abarth 1000 SP, is the homonym of 1966. Presented as a unique commemorative model, the boat was based on the Alfa Romeo 4C. Ultimately, Abarth will make it in an ultra-limited series for a select few.
“The presentation of this car aroused a lot of curiosity, which convinced the company to produce it in a very limited edition,” explained Abarth at the Auto e Moto d’Epoca 2021 show held in Padua (Italy) last October.
The classic department of the company, specialized in historical vehicles, has confirmed to the magazine Auto Italia that soon five units of the 1000 SP will go on sale. Production will start in 2022 at the Heritage department of Stellantis’ Italian division, and the car will be sold for something. less than 200,000 euros each unit.
The new 1000 SP from 2022 is a tribute to the 1966 Abarth 1000 Sport Prototype, which competed in endurance races, eventually winning the 500km Nürburgring. The new car has been designed by Roberto Giolito and his team from FCA Centro Stile. The homage to the racing car of the 60s preserves the architecture of the rear mid-engine and barqueta body.
Among the many tributes to the original design are the tapered front end, the exposed roll bar, the various air vents on the rear hood, the central exhaust exhaust and the round taillights. The entire rear section of the body opens rearward to free access to the engine and features competition locks.
The 2009 Abarth 1000 SP, the origin of the Alfa Romeo 4C
The technical basis of the Abarth 1000 SP 2022 is that of the Alfa Romeo 4C. Namely, one carbon fiber platform with aluminum sections and the engine in rear center position. It’s the same turbocharged 1.7-liter 4-cylinder as the Alfa Romeo 4C.
Develop 240 CV a 6.000 rpm and delivers 350 Nm from 2,100 rpm to 4,250 rpm. As for the gearbox, in principle it would also be recovered from the 4C Spider (6-speed double-clutch automatic).
Curiously, the Abarth 1000 SP would be heavier than the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, as the brand advertises a weight of 1,074 kg dry, when the 4C Spider homologated 1,015 kg, with full tanks. Even so, Abarth announces a maximum speed of 250 km / h, but does not speak of accelerations.
Another curious fact is that, according to Roberto Giolito, head of FCA Heritage and designer of the Abarth 1000 SP, the design of the modern 1000 SP dates back to 2009. At that time, Abarth was developing a new sports car, but part of its design was repurposed to become the Alfa Romeo 4C.
A car that was then manufactured by Maserati with the aim of putting Alfa Romeo back in the American media for the return of the brand to that market. The synergies of the then FCA group and last minute changes meant that Abarth was left without its sports car.
Given the interest that the car aroused in its presentation, the brand must have thought that it was now or never if they wanted to make it happen. And it is that the small manufacturer is preparing to become a 100% electric brand in 2024.