March Mailbag: Part 2

With the Abarth soon to be on dealer lots, the questions keep rolling in!

Which fuel grade is recommended for the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth, Premium or Regular Unleaded ? Is it the same for the standard models?  Thanks! – Frank V

87 octane is officially listed as “acceptable”, but 91 octane is “recommended” for the Abarth.

When abarth is available with auto transmission, I will sell my mini and get the Abarth. – Lawrence Y

You are not the only one: Abarth 500 transmission

Will the #FIAT500 hitch mount bike rack be available on the Abarth? (Roof racks are soooo ugly) – @smlawrence

i am looking into a bike rack to hold my bike and was wondering if you could tell me the prices and any information on them for me please.  thanks – beth r

Mopar will be offering two bike carriers: roof-mounted for about $515 and hitch-mounted for about $300. Click for more details on Fiat 500 Mopar accessories.

How big is the trunk? Can I put a bag of golf clubs in the trunk? – Corvo lists the cargo space, with seats in place, at 9.5 cubic feet and the maximum cargo capacity at 30 cubic feet. I think you should be able to fit your golf clubs just fine.

German tuner company G-Tech does a number of kits for the 500 Abarth.  When the Abarth is available in the US dealerships, will one be able to get G-Tech kits put on their cars?  I ask this because at 160hp, I am not sure the 500 Abarth can compete with the Mini Cooper JCW and many consumers (including myself) will want to modify thier 500s. – Andy C

While I can’t speak for G-Tech specifically (you’ll have to contact G-Tech directly), there will definitely be multiple options for kits and other upgrades for the Fiat 500 Abarth. Chrysler will be offering access to performance parts through their official tuning program: Mopar. I have covered several other aftermarket tuners that are already offering parts for the Fiat 500 and will have parts for the Abarth soon after it is available for sale.

There is also a 200hp “Venom” edition of the 500 Abarth that Fiat has hinted at. Stay tuned for more details on that model.

  • rtb

    Just found out (after being told abarth would be for sale in 1st quarter) that cars won’t be in inventory (in Chicago) until May-June.  Don’t like the never-ending come-ons.  I think Fiat has made a mistake.  Sounds like there’s trouble in the factory.

    • FiatDave

      No trouble in the factory, the cars are limited production so dealers will not carry instock units, at least not until the end of summer, Most dealers have many deposits on the cars, we have 16, so it will take some time for FIAT to produce all the cars they already have on order.

      • rtb

         Limited Production = Limited Sales.  I know there are some people who will place advanced orders to buy the latest product, but if Fiat is relying on those customers to make their numbers while alienating others, it’s a short-sighted strategy.  I went to my VW dealer, test drove the GTI (won’t buy a car without test driving first) picked out color and options, was quoted a fair (not premium) price and drove away.
        VW +1
        Fiat  -1

  • Philheinrich

    The pictures of the front seats of the USA Abarth don’t look as sporty as the Euro model.  Any chance we can get the Euro front seats?

    • FiatDave

      I am fairly certain they will fit, however the problem lies in the airbags located in the seat sides I do not believe the euro-spec front seats will work with the US-spec airbag system

  • Mike

    Waiting for my Abarth to show up in a few weeks; had my deposit down since last year. A hint to FIAT that won’t cost them a cent: lots of photos show what might be termed “anthracite” 17′ mags, but only white and black are available. Anthracite looks better than either of those, so when my first set of tires wears out (I’ll do my best to make that sooner rather than later) I’m getting my wheels powder coated anthracite.
    Maybe a stupid little thing, but might help sell a few sets of mags.

  • Arielflores

    What is the mpg for this car ?

    • Jordan Kohl

      Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg (City/Highway/Combined): 28 / 34 / 31