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Abarth to go it alone on mid-engine roadster?

Reports of Abarth getting its own sports car have been surfacing pretty much since Fiat relaunched the brand. They seem to have intensified recently, with reports alternately suggesting that the Scorpion marque could partner with either Lotus or KTM on the development of a mid-engine roadster. The latest scuttlebutt, however, indicates that Abarth could go it alone on the new model.
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Atomik 500 runs 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds, faster than Abarth 500

French tuning company Atomik Cars plans to unveil an all-electric version of the Fiat 500 next month. According to Atomik, their electric-version of the 500 runs a 0-62 mph in just 5.6 seconds, making it nearly 1.5 seconds faster than the stock Abarth 500. Atomik says the electric-compact has the performance of a 300-hp thermic motor.

While the top speed of the car was not stated, it is said that the electric 500 reaches 400-meters in 14 seconds and one kilometer in 26 seconds. That means top speed should come in over 100 mph.

Power for Atomik’s electric 500 comes from a set of lithium-ion batteries of the lithium iron phosphate variety.

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Abarth Coupe – exclusive pictures

Small, fast and efficient… Say hello to the Abarth Coupe, the most exciting performance car of 2010! Our exclusive pictures show how the sporty two-seater will shape up should Fiat put it into production, giving Abarth a three model line-up to make its assault on the performance car market.

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The revived brand is riding high following the raucous reception for the 500 Abarth, which goes on sale in February, while the Punto Abarth was launched earlier this year. And with increasing numbers of buyers downsizing to smaller and more fuel-efficient cars, there’s never been a better time to introduce a model like this. But can it succeed where the Smart Roadster failed?

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