1969 Fiat Abarth 2000 Scorpio
Meet the crazy brainchild of Abarth and Pininfarina
In 1969, Abarth and Pininfarina put their brains together to create a monster with an Abarth-upgraded Fiat engine. The chassis was taken from a Fiat Abarth 2000 Sport Spider SE and Pininfarina worked their magic to create a mental piece of art.
Abarth 2000 Sport Spider SE on which Scorpio was based
Their result was the 2000 Scorpio; an insane one-off car that even looks like a scorpion. Its exhaust pipe resembles of scorpion's lethal tail. This is definitely one of the most attractive and coolest cars to wear an Abarth badge. Just look at the canopy windshield that goes all the way around the cockpit, offering a perfect 180-degree view. It also has a pop-up headlight in the front with 6 separate lights, and the rear looks unfinished, giving us a nice view of this monster’s heart.
Pop-up headlight game very strong here
Speaking of which, you probably think that something as crazy as this must have a crazy engine. A V12? No. V10? Nope. V8? Guess again. It’s a 2.0-litre straight-4 Fiat engine, which was upgraded by Abarth to produce 220hp. Now you are probably saying that it’s not powerful enough to impress you. Well, what if I told you that it only weighs 670kg (1.477 pounds). And because it’s light, its 220hp are enough to propel it to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and make it able to reach the top speed of 281 km/h (175 mph).
Despite being a concept, the car was, and is, fully functional (that’s why we have the specs). In 2014, the car came out of a longer “hibernation” and appeared at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este that year. A huge crowd gathered just to see the dancing body lines on it, and to hear the monstrous sound coming out of that huge cannon, or what we know as the exhaust pipe.
The owner is a Japanese architect Shiro Kosaka. Fiat allowed him to buy the car only if he agreed to open a museum. So, he did. In 1992, he purchased the car, which is now a part of his Abarth collection in Gallery Abarth near Yamanaka Lake in Japan. Some sources claim that the current price of the Scorpio is around $3 million. Mind you, if I were the owner, I wouldn’t even think about selling this insanity. Although, unlike Kosaka, I’d drive it like a madman very often rather than keep it closed in a big museum.