If a Bugatti Veyron, Porsche Carrera GT and a Fiat 500 ever decided to enter into some perverse automotive mating session, the resulting offspring would almost certainly be these beautiful Abarth Bella Vista concepts. This re-imagining of the marvellous Fiat 500 design is the work of students studying a Masters in Transportation and Automobile Design at the Polytechnic University of Milan, with a little help from the art monkeys at design consultancy company MadeInDreams.
Between them, they have come up with two amazing new takes on the Fiat 500 design – one a roadster, the other a speedster with a wrap-around windscreen – that may have Fiat kicking itself. Both have an aggressive yet cutesey front end that isn’t a huge departure from the standard Abarth 500, but their exaggerated wheel arches give them a bubble-like, yet sporty appearance.
The rear of these cars feature the biggest changes. Instead of going with the steeply-sloped rear hatch of the current Fiat 500, the Milan students apparently saw fit to take inspiration from Bugatti, giving their concepts the look of a squashed Veyron.
What’s most fascinating about the Bella Vista concepts is their true convertible styling. Unlike the current Fiat 500, which offers a fabric top that is, at best, a glorified sunroof, the little Abarth 500 Bella Vista comcepts settle for no less than complete sun-in-your-face-and-flies-in-your-hair open-top motoring. Fiat, are you seeing this? Step your game up.
Sadly, it’s incredibly unlikely the Abarth Bella Vista will enter production – not unless Fiat sees the error of its ways, gives some of these students an internship and commissions them to design the next Cinquecento, of course. If not, it’ll remain a pipe dream for all eternity. And that’s really quite sad news.
Check out the pictures below.