Fiat is considering creating its own 2 seater sports car which will be based on the Fiat 500 supermini. The development of the Fiat 500 Spider will be put in the hands of Abarth who are on a roll after selling 22,000 conversions of the Fiat 500 and Punto since launching back in 2008 – with 60 per cent of sales coming from outside Italy and a good amount of these sold where fitted with the Esseesse body kit. The new Fiat 500 spider will be a real rival for MINIs forthcoming Roadster and Coupé models. Looking at the pictures of the car with its muscular lines and looks make it a real desirable car and it will prove to be a big seller if released in 2012. Antonino Labate, who is the business operations director for Abarth said he wanted to build something unique which could be based on the forth coming 695 Tributo Ferrari. The Fiat 500 Spider will be fitted with the 1.4 MultiAir turbo charged engine which is capable of 0-60 in less than seven seconds and with a top speed of 140mph it will have the performance to match the looks. For the driver who wants that little bit extra performance while driving the Abarth you can add the same package of suspension tweaks used to create the high-performance Esseesse version of the current 500. Some other modifications that could be added include Sabelt-designed bucket seats, sports exhaust, uprated brakes and a aerodynamic diffuser. The Fiat 500 Abarth Spider could also use the Competitizone automated manual gearbox fitted with flappy paddles. Abarth will speed the gear changes up to match those that are fitted with the latest twin-clutch gear boxes. Abarth is now third within the Fiat group for profitability after Ferrari and Maserati. With the new Abarth expected in 2012, prices are likely to start at around £20,000. Whats more, it might prompt Ford to update the ford StreetKa which is based on the Fiat 500. The Fiat 500 Spider will be available on lease and contract hire in 2012 .But for all other Fiat deals visit www.leasecarsdirect.co.uk for all lease and contract hire with free delivery, car tax, and manufacturer warranty included.
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