The Sbarro Sparta Concept: Sizzle or Fizzle?

The 2014 Geneva Motor Show was fantastic, as it is every year. One of the more obsolete cars on display this year was the Sbarro Sparta concept, a vivid vision in yellow with a hybrid powertrain. The Sbarro Sparta is a hybrid racecar with a bit of an identity crisis, but it still seems to be catching on.

Sbarro Sparta concept

The Sbarro Sparta concept is loud in more ways than just that yellow coat. It made its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the new kid among the likes of Lamborghini, Ferrari and other leading brands.

The Sbarro Sparta concept is the final product of students from Espera Sbarro School of Design in Switzerland. The front looks like it secretly yearns to be an SUV, while the side seems more like a rally car. Overall, the Sbarro Sparta could be described as a very husky hot hatch with a personality all its own.

Sbarro Sparta concept

The aerodynamics for this model are aggressive and a refreshing change of pace from the standard show fare. The Sparta draws plenty of attention to itself via color and that oddly angular appearance. I cannot decide if I love it or would be ashamed of it.

Sbarro Sparta concept

This hybrid racer was crafted using tubular steel and fiberglass for a lighter curb weight. The powertrain for the Sbarro Sparta is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder Peugeot mated to a 6-speed manual transmission delivering power to the rear. That system is enhanced by two 100kw electric motors for a total of 407 horsepower. There are no numbers readily available as far as performance, though we expect to learn more about this newbie in the future due to its appearance at such a top-notch event.

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