The Fiat Tipo is a strange car, in as much as Fiat needs it in its model line up, a 5 door hatchback to compete against the likes of the Vauxhall Astra’s, Renault Megane’s and so on but the car itself doesn’t exactly fill you with excitement. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, it is a very practical, comfortable, easy to drive car but it’s a little, well beige.
What the Tipo needs is more power, smart paint job, cool alloys oh ye a maybe an Abarth badge to finish it off. Well according to German Car magazine AutoBild, such a Car could be on the way.
It is certainly an interesting idea but you’ll forgive us if we don’t hold our breath, after all Abarth did a 500X version even down to a prototype in recent times but the car never hit the showrooms so any talk of an Abarth Tipo will be met with reservation.
That said according to AutoBild they claim that the Abarth Tipo would have at least 180 HP from the 1.4-litre turbo used in other Fiat/Abarth models, which sounds like a tantalising idea, whether they would consider a bigger engine from maybe the Alfa Romeo range could be interesting but certainly if the chassis got tuned up and that all important exhaust for ‘the pops’ it could be the hot hatch to have.
We hope there is some truth in this rumour as it would help put the much over looked Tipo on the car map a little bit, and who doesn’t love a hot hatch plus think how happy the Abarth crews will be having a bigger Abarth in the family as they start their own family…just a thought…