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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Fiat 500 Abarth

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.

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