What is it? The Fiat 500 Abarth promises to add more enthusiast appeal to the diminutive 500. The sporty car will be powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine delivering an estimated 160-hp with a five-speed manual transmission. Drivers can choose Sport mode to give more power, but Normal mode limits torque and aids in fuel economy.
Building on the Abarth performance legacy, this track-inspired 500 will have a specific front and rear suspension, stability control, brakes, interior and exterior treatment, and various technology. The Fiat will come standard with 16-inch aluminum wheels; 17-inch is optional.
The Abarth will include Blue&Me, Fiat’s collaboration with Microsoft to provide hands-free and voice-activated communication. TomTom navigation is also available.
Seven air bags are standard, as well as a three-mode electronic stability control system to aid in braking performance in wet or panic situations.
When will it be available? March 2012.