Where can I buy a Fiat 500 Abarth?
Start by contacting your local Fiat dealer. Find the dealer closest to you by entering your zip code here. Many dealers are taking a $500 deposit on the Abarth.
When is the Fiat 500 Abarth being released in the US?
There is no official date yet, but the most popular rumor is March 2012. Unless there are significant delays, you can definitely expect a spring release. While several sources originally claimed that a late 2011 debut was possible, it seems now that an early 2012 launch is more likely.
How much will it cost?
There official Fiat 500 Abarth MSRP is $22,000, with a $500 destination tax and other premium dealer fees possibly added. Original estimates were as low as $19,500 to $21,500 in the US.
How much horsepower will it have?
The official specs are out, with the engine being rated at 160 horsepower and 170 pounds of torque. Chrysler originally claimed the turbo version of the engine being used in the base Fiat 500 would put out 170 horsepower (a Dutch blog claimied 175).
Will it have a manual or automatic transmission?
To start with, the Abarth will only be available with a 5-speed manual transmission. Although the European version has an automatic option, the higher safety standards in the US left little room for the larger transmission. Thus, an automatic transmission is not an option at this point.
What are the differences between the regular Fiat 500 and the Abarth?
In general, the Abarth is much sportier. The biggest difference from a performance standpoint is that the Abarth comes with a bigger engine (60hp more). If you’re interested in learning all the details, we have detailed them in our series:
How do you pronounce Abarth?
It is pronounced “aah-bart”, but I have heard both “aah-bahhth” and “ahh-barth”. Say whatever feels comfortable to you. I still say “poor-sha”.
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