According to a report by WardsAuto, Chrysler Group LLC dealers have been told that their first batch of Fiat 500 minicars due to hit showrooms in 2011, will be sporty Abarth versions.
That means instead of the boring base 99-hp Fiat 500, we’ll be getting the 1.4L 16v turbocharged 4-cylinder variant making 135-hp. 0-60 mph for the Fiat 500 Abarth comes in 7 seconds with a top speed of 127 mph. Estimated fuel-economy comes in at 25/33 mpg (city/highway).
Visual enhancements will include a spoiler, twin tailpipes, 16-inch wheels, a new front bumper, aluminum pedals, a beefy steering wheel, leather-trimmed shifter for the 5-speed manual and sporty seats.
The Fiat 500 is expected to be priced between $18,000 to $19,000 when it hits U.S. shores.
– By: Kap Shah