Limited-production performance version of FIAT's 4-passenger hatchback
Builds on the racing traditions of the legendary Karl Abarth
Powered by an all-new turbocharged engine
Expanding the offerings in their single-model US lineup, FIAT introduced the 500 Abarth at the LA Auto Show. The high-performance, limited-production version of the 500 brings aggressive interior and exterior styling upgrades, track-ready suspension and brakes as well as a new turbocharged engine.
FIAT's newest creation is named after Karl Abarth, whose company once sold performance parts for the tiny FIAT Topolino, allowing owners to modify it into a lightweight, track-ready performance machine. Abarth believed that light weight was a crucial key to performance. He validated his formula for speed when he raced a motorcycle with a sidecar he designed against the Orient Express, beating the enormous and powerful passenger train on an 800-plus-mile stretch.
His ideas are faithfully reinterpreted in this new 500 Abarth, thanks to a new 1.4-liter turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder that produces 160 horsepower in the 2533-lb. car. The motor routes power exclusively through a five-speed manual transmission. Karl Abarth would likely approve of the sport-tuned suspension and brakes included here, which Fiat says are track-proven for reliability and durability.
Abarth badges, an aerodynamically-enhanced body and exclusive wheels set the car apart on the outside. Inside, a thick, flat-bottomed and leather-wrapped steering wheel, sport seats, and a boost gauge remind passengers that this is no ordinary 500.
The successor to the "small but wicked" Abarth FIAT's of the 1950s and 1960s is well-suited not only for small-car enthusiasts looking for something sportier but even for sports car drivers captivated by the uncommon.
What it means to you: With its retro-modern design, all-new turbo engine and high-performance heritage, style and speed meet in the exclusive 500 Abarth.
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