In lieu of debuting a true new model, Fiat's Abarth division will inaugurate its new Fuori Serie customization program at next week's Paris Motor Show.
Loosely inspired by Ferrari's Tailor Made program, Fuori Serie allows well-heeled customers to collaborate with Abarth designers, engineers and mechanics to build a car to their own set of specifications.
All 500-based Fuori Serie models come with a 180-horsepower four-cylinder engine, model-specific emblems and a certificate of authenticity. PAst that, each car is unique and customers are able to pick between two collections: Heritage and New Wave.
As its name implies, Heritage draws inspiration from Abarth's illustrious racing past while New Wave is inspired by the latest trends both in and out of the auto industry. Each collection's catalog includes paint jobs, wheels, mechanical upgrades and interior modifications.
To demonstrate the program's potential, Abarth will display a model from its Heritage collection on its stand in Paris. Finished in Olio Fiat regalia, it features a dark blue and yellow paint job that pays homage to the Fiat-Abarth 131 Mirafiori, a race-bound version of the 131 (Brava in the United States) sedan that debuted at the 1976 Monte Carlo Rally.
At the time of writing Abarth has not communicated whether or not customers in the United States will be able to participate in the Fuore Serie program.