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The Abarth Version Of The 2016 Mazda Miata Needs To Look Like This

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Yes, I'm aware that this is an Alfa Romeo concept built by Pininfarina three years ago and plans have changed since. But please bear with me.

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Okay, so Alfa Romeos can't be built outside of Italy according to boss Sergio Marchionne's vision, and Alfa has a lightweight showstopper already called the 4C, therefore everybody should start focusing on that promised rear-wheel drive M3 beater anyway instead of two-seater matchboxes without a roof.

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I saw the 4C for like the fourth time in Paris two weeks ago, and it still amazed me with its awesomeness. It's a proper Alfa alright, so they are fine.

Illustration for article titled The Abarth Version Of The 2016 Mazda Miata Needs To Look Like This

That leaves the Fiat Group with, well, Fiat. But while their core lineup is the most boring one in Europe by a long shot, the 500 brand is expanding (literally), and everybody's favorite, the 500 Abarth really needs a little sister soon. That's where turbocharged Miata mules come in, and where Fiat should dig into its recent concept sketches.

Mazda will provide the 2016 Miata's platform and build the roadster for the Italians in exchange for lots of Euros, but the design and the rest is all up to Fiat. I really think they should be focusing on the interior, and the interior only. Taking the time, making it extra special and pleasing to the eyes so people would consider an Italian version of what's essentially a Japanese car. Pininfarina did the rest for them in 2011.

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If you think about it, there's no reason no to build this thing now. The Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta is simply a perfect candidate for an Abarth badge.

Illustration for article titled The Abarth Version Of The 2016 Mazda Miata Needs To Look Like This
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