Update: official price announced!
For those waiting for an Abarth version of the Fiat 500, just how much it will cost is a very important piece of information. The current MSRP on the absolute cheapest 2012 Fiat 500, the Pop, is $15,500. The Sport and Lounge however are priced at $17,500 and $19,500 respectively. With a significant upgrade on power, handling, and many tweaks to the interior and exterior of the car, you can expect the Abarth to be a premium upgrade over the Sport. Typically, the performance version of most coupe cars (think Mustang GT, Cooper S, Golf GTI) are a $4k to $6k upgrade over the base model.
With that in mind we can expect the Abarth to be in the range of $19,500 to $21,500.
Lets look at the UK prices for comparison. The MSRP on a Fiat 500 Pop is about $17,800 (after conversion). The Abarth weighs in at $23,700 (converted), making the difference in price $5,900, or about $6k. Assuming an equal difference for the US spec Abarth, we can expect it to be $6k more than the Pop, putting the MSRP at $21,500, right at the top of our expected range. With the 2011 Mini Cooper S starting at $23,000, this would make the Abarth very competitive in value.
Do you think the Abarth should be priced lower or higher than $21,500?