2012 Fiat 500 Abarth for North America to debut at 2011 LA Auto Show

Following the launch of the Fiat 500 and the drop-top 500C, the Italian automaker will unveil the high-performance 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth at the 2011 LA Auto Show next month.

“Building on the excitement of the new 2012 Fiat 500 (Cinquecento), the new Fiat 500 Abarth is designed for track-day enthusiasts and driving-purists who want the ultimate high-performance small car with the pedigree of an exclusive Italian exotic,” Fiat said in a statement.

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Power for the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth US-spec will come from a 1.4 liter MultiAir Turbo engine. Across the ocean, that engine produces a nice 135 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Also a part of the package will be an Abarth-tuned suspension, brake systems and race-inspired design and technology features not traditionally included on a small car.

Sales of the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth will begin later this year.

– By: Omar Rana