"Small And Wicked" 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth Debuts At L.A. Show

Follow Antony

Where the standard Fiat 500 minicar is all about "aaaaahhhhh", the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth we revealed a few weeks back is much more about "GRRRRRRRRRR".

This time the 500 has shed all its cutesy looks and gained a wide stance and aggressive bodykit. The style is in keeping with a long history of Abarth-tuned Fiats that stretches back to Karl Alberto "Carlo" Abarth's tiny but feisty Fiat-engined coupes back in the 1960s. The new car is making its debut at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show, which starts today.

With a 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged engine it's sure to be a little rocket. Fiat USA hasn't released official power figures for it yet but the European model makes 135-horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque.

That's enough for 60 mph to arrive in 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 128 mph. Even more powerful EsseEsse "SS" models are available in Europe with as much as 180-horsepower, so high performance fans in the U.S. will be hoping for the same.

European versions also manage 35.8 mpg combined, though expect EPA numbers to be around 10-15 percent lower.

Fiat says the 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". We see it as a great way to get fun performance without sacrificing too much economy - so it's sure to appeal to a wide range of people.


Follow GreenCarReports on Facebook and Twitter.

Follow Us

Commenting is closed for this article

Take Us With You!


Get FREE Dealer Quotes

From dealers near you

Find Green Cars


© 2017 Green Car Reports. All Rights Reserved. Green Car Reports is published by Internet Brands Automotive Group. Stock photography by izmostock. Read our Cookie Policy.