One of the most successful new small cars in the last couple of years has been the Fiat 500.
Basic models are frugal, cheap on car tax and ideal around town – but they aren’t ideal motorway cruisers or country road sportsters. If you want one of those, the range-topping Fiat Abarth is the answer.
But what about if you want both? An economical runabout for town use and a sporty number for out of town driving?
Rinspeed could have the answer with its Rinspeed E2. It’s a modified Fiat Abarth that has two power settings – a humble, fuel economising 60bhp for driving around town, coupled with a fire-breathing 160bhp version for when you hit the open road.
The E2 is still a concept at present but could become reality quite easily, according to Rinspeed Frank M. Rinderknecht. He believes his approach represents a new, eco-friendly yet realistic approach to engine tuning.
As Rinderknecht says, “Many drivers are not willing to miss out on driving fun and don’t want to drive a something that announces to the world that they do without.” At the same time, the number of people who want to use our natural resources more efficiently is growing. The E2 enables people to have their cake and eat it.
Sounds good to me… I wonder how much extra it would cost?