• Feb 18, 2008
click above for more high-res images of the Fiat 500 Abarth

The slow progress being made towards the full reveal of the Fiat 500 Abarth is nearly complete, but a few more loose lips have revealed official specs that look more than promising. The 500 Abarth will pack more hotness per cubic inch of hatch than most other three-doors in Europe thanks to a 1.4L turbo four-cylinder producing 135 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 152 pound feet of torque at 3,000 rpm in Sport mode. In Normal mode, Fiat has the 500 Abarth producing 133 pound feet of torque at 2,500 rpm. The car also gets Fiat's new Torque Transfer Control system, which sounds like a fancy solution to the torque steer that would otherwise send a car like this veering towards the telephone poles.

What's interesting is that the larger Grande Punto Abarth also uses a 1.4L turbo four-cylinder, though tuned up to produce 155 bhp. This suggests that tuners will easily be able to turn up the wick on the 500 Abarth's engine for havoc-wreaking hatchback hotness.


[Source: Carscoop]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      In september will start the selling of the SS version with the 160 hp engine. I think it's enough power for a such small car
      • 6 Years Ago
      Send one over in base trim with the turbodiesel and I'll buy one right away. Hell, I'd probably be more than happy with the 1.2 or 1.4 normally aspirated gas engines as well. Just send some 500's our way...please!
      • 6 Years Ago
      You all do realize that this is the one that's coming to the US right?
      • 6 Years Ago
      its not a leak, its official
      • 6 Years Ago
      You're right in a way, but how does detuning help to keep the prices down? It's not like the detuned ECU costs more...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd be happy with a turbodiesel 500
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe this model won't be found under pine needles in people's back yards, like every other Fiat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If I can fit...I'll buy one...if they ever come back to the US.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My comment went to lovice. Something is wrong with the reply button once again.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If only they made car's like this in Canada!
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they could deliver one of these by December of 08 to me, I'm not joking when I say I'd put down a deposit right freakin now.