Abarth Classiche 1300 OT revealed; based on Alfa Romeo 4C

    Limited-run two-seater meant to celebrate Abarth’s 75th anniversary.

    Published On Apr 21, 2024 08:00:00 AM

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    Abarth has revealed a retro two-seat sports coupe to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Called the Abarth Classiche 1300 OT, it's based on the Alfa Romeo 4C and is described as a 'modern reinterpretation' of the 1965 Fiat-Abarth OT 1300 race car, which claimed high-profile victories at the Nurburgring, Monza and Mugello in period.

    The 1300 OT follows the similarly conceived 1000 SP special edition from 2021, also based on the 4C.

    1. Only five units of the Abarth Classiche 1300 OT to be made
    2. Bespoke carbonfibre bodywork wears retro race livery
    3. Powered by 1.7-litre turbo-petrol engine from the 4C

    As with that special edition model, which “sold out in record time”, according to Abarth, just five examples of the 1300 OT will be produced, with production set to begin soon following the unveiling of a scale model at parent company Stellantis's Heritage Hub in Turin this weekend. Orders are open now in international markets, but Abarth has not given any indication of pricing.

    Abarth says the new special edition “retains the essence of an authentic Abarth”, with its bespoke carbonfibre bodywork wearing a retro race livery and decorated with various 1960s-inspired cues, like the roof-mounted 'periscope' intake and louvred rear window. One of the most notable features is the full-width engine cooling vent at the rear, decorated with large Abarth lettering, in a bid to "emphasise the bond with the historic design".

    The engine in question is the 243hp, 1.7-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol which sent the 4C from 0-100ph in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 257kph. Abarth has not given any indication of the OT's performance potential, nor has it detailed any revisions to the chassis.

    The 75-year-old brand recently revealed its second electric car and first SUV, the Abarth 600e, and is due to give full technical specifications in the coming weeks.

    In India, the Abarth brand did have a presence – the company had the 500-based 595 Competizione and the Abarth Punto on sale in the country, but with Fiat exiting the market about four years ago, Abarth went with it as well.

    Also see:

    Stellantis could bring back Fiat brand to India

    Fiat shows five retro-styled concepts

    India not a profitable market, but a very strategic one: Stellantis APAC head

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