Fiat Enthusiasts Worldwide SUPPORTING Mid-Engine X1/9Successor sign now

Attention FIAT AUTO S.p.A. CEO, Executive Directors and Management,

The WORLDWIDE community of Italian Automobile Enthusiasts, loyal FIAT Enthusiasts, and especially FIAT - BERTONE X1/9 Enthusiasts, are collectively SHOCKED and DISAPPOINTED at the possibility that FIAT might consider producing a Front Engine X1/9 successor.

Due to the display of the Istituto Europeo di Design Torino (IED) FIAT X1/99 Concept at the 2005 Geneva Auto Show, the possibility has arisen for FIAT to SERIOUSLY CONSIDER production of any car inspired by the beloved original X1/9, whether a direct evolution of the original or something which simply recalls the X1/9 in name or shape.

The Global Enthusiast community is VERY EXCITED about the chance for a modern evolution of the X1/9, or something similar, to be produced. WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE FIAT TO CONSIDER PRODUCING ANY SUCH CAR.

HOWEVER, Enthusiasts are aware that the X1/99 Concept is based on the 199 PUNTO, which is a FRONT ENGINE platform. The X1/99 is claimed to be a spiritual successor to the X1/9. THIS STATEMENT HAS DEEPLY OFFENDED AND UPSET MANY LOYAL ENTHUSIASTS who firmly believe that the TRUE spirit of the original X1/9 revolves irrevocably around its MID-ENGINE arrangement and the spectacular performance and handling agility this arrangement creates.

To claim that ANY FRONT ENGINE CAR could be a LEGITIMATE successor to the X1/9 is absolutely UNACCEPTABLE to the global Enthusiast community!


1: If ANY successor to the X1/9, spiritual or actual, is to EVER be produced, IT MUST BE MID-ENGINED and have handling performance AT LEAST EQUAL to the original.

2: ANY successor to the X1/9, while expected to be modern and unique in appearance, absolutely MUST still include at least enough distinct design elements and/or subtle styling cues from the original that the new car is recognizable TO ENTHUSIASTS as having evolved from the X1/9.

3: If ANY car inspired by the X1/9 is EVER produced WITH A MID-ENGINE arrangement, it should bear the name X1/9 if possible, or some derivative, such as X1/99 for example, or any similar name which clearly indicates a link to the original.

4: ANY car EVER produced WITH A FRONT ENGINE arrangement (such as the IED Concept on a front engine platform for example) ABSOLUTELY SHOULD NOT bear ANY name that infers a connection, relationship or spiritual heritage of any form to the X1/9, but should instead bear a completely independent name which implies NO connection at all (the IED Concept, if produced, could be named Punto TF for example).

5: It would be PREFERABLE for FIAT to WAIT, before producing any such car, until such a time that the car could reasonably be produced TO SUIT THE ABOVE CRITERIA, far more so than it would be to move forward with producing a car sooner, but in some other fashion, configuration or spirit which, in the collective opinion of Enthusiasts, does NOT do justice to the claimed heritage of, inspiration by or descent from the original. GIVE THE CAR THE TRUE X1/9 SPIRIT, STYLE AND CONFIGURATION THAT IT DESERVES!


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  • 17 December 2015250. Richard T
    Country Of Residence Germany Additional I have been a proud and happy X1/9 owner in the late 1980s and have since moved on to the Lotus Esprit. No mid-engine, no go!
  • 15 December 2015249. Giuseppe P
    Country Of Residence Italy Additional If we keep on producing only small cars the Chinese competition will kill us! Get back on the track of the 70s, we have plenty of designers here in the area (Turin) and sure Bertone would be able to design again som
  • 23 November 2015248. Andrew P
    Country Of Residence United States Additional The mid-engine layout is the most important selling point for me
  • 16 November 2015247. George A
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  • 05 November 2015246. Sean M
    I support this petition
  • 15 October 2015245. Jens Manning
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  • 14 October 2015244. Daniele Dea
    I support this petition
  • 18 September 2015243. Josh C
    Country Of Residence USA Additional Do it right !
  • 24 August 2015242. John P
    I support this petition
  • 18 July 2015241. Daniele A
    Country Of Residence Asti (ITALY) Additional В
  • 26 June 2015240. Greg M
    Country Of Residence USA Additional 2 -X1/9s-4-124 and 2-850s
  • 31 May 2015239. John As
    Country Of Residence USA Additional I would urge the production of the X1/9 to current technology that would maintain the original sprit and design features of the original. This idea has been quite popular and very successful by other manufacturers suc
  • 27 May 2015238. Ernest K
    Country Of Residence USA Additional Also support current X 1/9 parts!!!!!!!! Keep the dream and name alive! It is a franchise unto itself.
  • 01 May 2015237. Steve Hanson
    Country Of Residence SA Additional no to front motor (want mid mount motor)
  • 09 April 2015236. Tummarello A
    Country Of Residence Switzerland Additional Vice President of X1/9 Club Switzerland
  • 04 April 2015235. Ross F
    Country Of Residence Australia Additional It must be as great as the X19
  • 08 March 2015234. Graham W
    Country Of Residence Canada Additional I feel a modernized, mid engined, X 1/9 with more power, same luggage space, and superb handling would be a winner for Fiat.
  • 19 February 2015233. Steven L
    I support this petition
  • 17 February 2015232. M Ha
    Country Of Residence uk Additional front drive and front engine? you building a new ford focus or something fast sleek and with a difference, that will always set it aside from other cars?
  • 13 February 2015231. Antonio R
    I support this petition
  • 05 February 2015230. Robert M
    Country Of Residence Canada Additional X1/9 owner since 1980
  • 27 November 2014229. Fiat C
    Country Of Residence Italia Additional We do what we want to do and we don't give a damn what you people think. Look what we did with 500, 600!
  • 23 November 2014228. Per Hassels
    Country Of Residence Norway Additional I like my X1/9 because it is a "cheap Ferrari" and not an expensive Punto
  • 08 November 2014227. Anthony Rk
    Country Of Residence Canada Additional Still own 3 X's and all are rear wheel drive.
  • 17 October 2014226. Niklas A
    Country Of Residence Sweden Additional Owner of -73 x1/9 and member of The Swedish X1/9 Club
  • 26 September 2014225. Sran Pace
    I support this petition
  • 18 September 2014224. Robert S
    Country Of Residence USA Additional What made the car great was styling, mid engine handling, and affordability. Every other niche is saturated. Why build another Honda/Toyota/boredom?

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