The official specs for the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth have been released by Fiat. As was previously speculated, the 1.4-liter MultiAir® Turbo engine will feature 160 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque!
Compared with the Fiat 500’s natural-aspirated 1.4-liter MultiAir engine, the boost to an estimated 160 horsepower on the new 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth is largely due to its single turbocharger that operates off engine exhaust and utilizes energy that would normally be wasted through the tailpipe.
The Abarth will also come with a 5-speed manual transmission with Torque Transfer Control, lowered ride height, beefier rear suspension, larger brakes and wider tires. For more details, be sure to read the Chrysler press releases on the Abarth powertrain, engineering, technology, and design.
Update: full spec sheet can be found here (PDF).
New photos are also available below! Stay tuned for more information and the live video unveiling of the Abarth Fiat 500 at the LA Auto Show.