Abarth has confirmed that the Alfa Romeo 4C-based Classiche 1000 SP will hit the production line in limited numbers.
The sports car was previewed by the Abarth 1000 SP concept car unveiled in early 2021, inspired by the original race car from 1966. We heard talk of it being approved for production late last year but it’s only now that Abarth’s plans have been confirmed.
Given that the Classiche 1000 SP is based on the Alfa Romeo 4C, it features the same 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps out 237 hp (240 PS) at 6,000 rpm. Underpinning the car is the same hybrid chassis as the 4C, complete with a central cell made from carbon fiber, while the front end uses aluminum in its construction.
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Abarth states that the car weighs in at just 1,074 kg (2,367 lbs) and that it can hit a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). No acceleration figures have been announced. Beyond its powertrain, the Classiche 1000 SP features self-ventilated perforated brake discs at the front with four-piston Brembo calipers and internally ventilated perforated discs at the rear.
From a visual standpoint, the Classiche 1000 SP looks radically different than the 4C, even though it shares similar proportions. The front end is particularly noteworthy with the four small circular lights, a hood with a large air intake, and a very small front grille. Small LED daytime running lights are also featured.
It is not yet clear how many examples are heading for the production line but reports from last year suggested that just five units would be built for customers. Pricing information is not yet known.
The Stellantis Heritage Department will showcase the Classiche 1000 SP at the Padua Motor Show running from October 20-23 where it will be displayed alongside a 1956 Abarth 750 Record, a 1966 Abarth 1000 SP, a 1974 Alfa Romeo Alfetta, a 1989 Alfa Romeo S.Z., a 1951 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT, and a 1994 Lancia Delta HF Integrale.