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Fiat 500 Abarth To Debut In LA

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On: Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 3:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

Fiat 500 Abarth To Debut In LA

Fiat officially returned to the US market earlier this year with the launch of the 500. While sales haven't been particularly big, the 500 has made a stir, thanks to a high-profile ad campaign with Jennifer Lopez and a few mentions in "best of" lists.

One of the next Fiats on the way to the US is the 500 Abarth, the 500's performance variant. The company will show this model at the 2011 LA Auto Show later this month.

In addition to reconfirming its plans to debut the 2012 500 Abarth in LA, Fiat released two pictures of a black Abarth with bright red accents. I'm no big fan of the 500, or tiny cars in general, but this particular model looks pretty hot.

The 2012 500 Abarth is powered by an all-new 1.4-liter turbo with Multi-Air technology. While Fiat hasn't provided the detailed specs for the US model, the 1.4 engine delivers 135 hp and 221 lb.-ft. in European tune. The Abarth will also feature a modified suspension system and upgraded brakes.

For those of us unfamiliar with the inner workings of Fiat (many US consumers, I'd assume) Abarth is a Fiat tuner that builds high-performance versions of Fiat production models and works with the company on its motorsports efforts.

The car will hit the market early next year.

I'm not planning on buying a Fiat any time soon, but if I was, this one would be at the top of my list.

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Stephy21 | 10:30AM (Mon, Nov 7, 2011)

I haven't really heard of Fiat that much but this 500 Abarth is very stylish. I really like the red design on the side of the car. You usually don't see many cars with designs like that.


AutoHistory | 11:15AM (Mon, Nov 7, 2011)

Any idea what kind of numbers we can expect? 135 hp doesn't seem like it would justify a heavier pricetag...

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