The new version of the Fiat 500 has been pretty successful since it made its debut back in 2007, with the Abarth version coming a year later in some regions. Today we can tell you that the Fiat 500 Abarth will debut at the Los Angeles Motor show, when USA price and full specs will be revealed.
Chrysler’s tie in with Fiat is now showing its benefits as the Italian car maker’s products arrive in the US, and according to Motor Trend alongside launching the first official images of the Abarth the company has confirmed it will be making its debut at the auto show on November 16th.
The Abarth 500 has been developed by Fiats in house tuning arm, which gives the little 500 a power boost alongside some sporting flair. The breathed on models get some sport tuned suspension and 17-inch wheels along with flared wheel wells. The model destined for the US should look almost identical to the models found over the pond in Europe.
It is powered along by the usual 1.4-liter I-4 engine, but brings with it a turbocharger that boosts power up to 135bhp. With the 152 lb-ft of torque may not look much on paper, but considering the small form factor of the 500 will have it bristling along. In Europe if that power is still not enough customers can pick up the Esseesse package, which provides an impressive 160bhp and 170 lb-ft of torque.
Chrysler have stated that the Abarths hitting the US market will use the same 1.4 turbocharged power plant, but hasn’t yet disclosed full US specifications. Representatives have stated though the US Abarth will be sticking close to the spirit of the European version of the car, and also the Esseesse version has not yet been confirmed for the US.
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