A few years ago, Abarth's sales and marketing chief, Antonio Labate, confirmed plans for a stand-alone model. However, Abarth General Manager Marco Magnanini has revealed that isn't happening anytime soon.

A few years ago, Abarth's sales and marketing chief, Antonio Labate, confirmed plans for a stand-alone model. However, Abarth General Manager Marco Magnanini has revealed that isn't happening anytime soon.

Magnanini declined to say why the Speedster was axed but mentioned the company doesn't have plans for high-performance Panda or 500L variants either as they are "inconsistent with the brand." This, unfortunately, leaves the brand with a limited lineup that consists of the 500, 500C and Punto.

Magnanini also downplayed the possibility a more powerful 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine by stating "We like to have the perfect ratio between power and weight." This effectively means the brand is in a holding pattern and we shouldn't expect anything too exciting in the near future.

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Abarth rules out stand-alone models - report