Fiat Abarth 500 Unveiled

The newest U.S. version of the Fiat 500 debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show today.  A turbocharged version of the 1.4 liter MultiAir engine now offers up 160 HP. The Abarth is slated to arrive at dealers in March 2012.

According to Chrysler’s press release the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth is:

Staying faithful to the performance principles that made the Abarth name a success, the new Fiat 500 Abarth continues the brand’s motorsport traditions, including:

  • Everyday Performance Car
    • Track-ready capability, high horsepower-per-liter engine, combined with the quality, efficiency and refinement expected in a world-class small car
  • Competitive
    • Benchmark levels of performance, track-proven reliability and durability
  • Aggressive
    • Purposeful and functional performance design, Abarth-tuned powertrain control module (PCM) and performance-tuned exhaust with menacing sound
  • Attainable
    • State-of-the-art powertrain and chassis technology once limited to premium-priced performance cars
  • Racing Heritage
    • More than 60 years of performance and competition tuning, including active international series races today

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