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Abarth 500 Bella Vista concepts show how the Fiat 500 should have looked

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.

This design concept was created by students in Milan. Better than the current Fiat 500, right?
This design concept was created by students in Milan. Better than the current Fiat 500, right?

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.

 

Both speedster and roadster-type convertibles were dreamed up.
Both speedster and roadster-type convertibles were dreamed up.

If a caricature artist drew a Bugatti Veyron, it would probably look something like this.

The Bella Vista concepts feature proper convertible roofs .

Fiat, please build this.

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