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FIAT Announces 500 Abarth Pricing

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by Ross Darby January 2012
  • Cheapest entry into the hot hatch market
  • Includes full day of driving school with Richard Petty Driving Experience

The hottest version of FIAT's 500, the Abarth, is set to come out sometime in February. Up until now, most of the vital pieces of information have been released to the public: 160 horsepower, 170 lb-ft of torque, and a svelte 2533-pound curb weight. But with its new engine, suspension, brakes, exhaust, and various style pieces attached, there is an opportunity for the price of the car to be hiked up quite a bit, too.

FIAT recently announced that the Abarth will start at $22,000. That is quite a leap from the standard car's $15,500 starting price, but don't forget all of the added bonuses listed above, as well as sport seats and the exclusivity that goes with a limited-run car. More proof of good value is found in the fact that it's still the cheapest of its segment - with the next closest being the Mini Cooper S, which starts at $23,100 - while still maintaining the best power-to-weight ratio.

And for those drivers who are nervous of the heightened driving experience brought on by things like a low power-to-weight ratio, FIAT has that covered as well, while also adding even more value to the $22,000 price. Included in that starting price is a full day with the instructors at the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Spending a day with these instructors will help the new Abarth owner explore the limits of their new car, as well as learn what to do at those limits, all under the watchful eyes of trained professionals. For anyone who has looked into the cost of a similar event, they'll know that those can top $1000 easily.

What it means to you: If the hot hatch market is one that has always intrigued you, there's no cheaper way into the segment than through the 500 Abarth. An added bonus is that it also offers the most performance in the segment as well.

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