• Nov 19th 2010 at 9:58AM
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The Fiat 500 Abarth prefers to run on two wheels – Click above to watch video after the jump

The other day we told you to bone up on your Italian because the Fiat 500 configurator came online. Now you should seriously start saving your Lira because the high-performance 500 Abarth model has been confirmed for the U.S. market. No date has been confirmed, but we've been told that the launch of all 500 models will be staggered and the Abarth is last in the queue.

Those other variations include the standard 500 that you can start ordering now, the 500C drop-top and a 500 that runs on all-electric battery power. Still, the one Autoblog is breaking out the driving gloves for is the Fiat 500 Abarth... and rumor has it that we might see the tiny terror running Stateside within the next three years because the 500 BEV hits the market in 2012.

Check out the video after the jump to see why i nostri cuori battono così velocemente.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Italy hasn't used Lira since the Euro came out. just sayin Anyway, I'm excited to hear that the Abarth will be going to US shores. Currently living in Italy, I was a little envious of the Fiat 500 Abarth owners over here. Rest assured I will probably be getting my hands on one of these little beasts when I move stateside again >:D
      • 4 Years Ago
      So Chrysler (Fiat) is now on board with an EV coming to market.

      We now have EVs coming from Honda, GM, Think, Fisker, Chrysler, Tesla, Volvo, VW, Ford, etc. The market has spoken and the EV is coming for real.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah; i think we'll start coming out of the gasoline dark ages in a few years. Compare this to pre-2008 where electric cars were a joke and the only companies interested in making them were small american startups with no funding or real experience.

        Things are looking up!
        • 4 Years Ago
        And Toyota, too!

        • 4 Years Ago
        In the states anyway, this kind of depends on the voice behind the throne.
        I am happy that most of these are talking about launching something by 2012 so the cat will hopefully be part way out of the bag no matter what happens in the election.
        If the right gets in, I would expect them to cut the knees out of regulation like CAFE and also programs which help push alternative energy vehicles.

        With the republicans taking the house now, the energy comittee there has people vying for the important head chairman's job.
        Of the two big front runners, one was the guy that apologized to BP for their treatment by the government during the oil spill in the gulf.
        The other guy has entered bibilical quotations into the record that the lord said he wouldn't do another flood as proof that global warming can't be happening.

        ... great.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry, your lira will not be acceptable. Euros are the currency of Italy these days.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Details please

      We have heard that Micro-Vett does a e500 in Italy
      We have heard that NICE sells this skin on an EV for £25,000 (£10,000 over the Abrath which is £5,000 over the base pop spec)
      We have heard that the (un?)defunct Chrysler ENVI group might be doing the engineering

      So which one is it?

      Pricing I don't expect yet (competitive with the Leaf and Focus EV no doubt) but someone should be able to at least share with us which one will Chrysler be selling, and if they want to leak the size of the battery we can start guessing what the range will be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      500 BEV and Abath - Two very sweet vehicles (in two very different ways)!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would be nice to get a *few* details on the BEV version here on Autoblog *Green*? ;-)

      Like when, how much-ish, how big is the pack, what sort of range it will have...

      Sincerely, Neil
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would expect the battery to be around 16kwh and the range similar to the iMiEV, simply because of the size of the vehicle. Where would they put a bigger battery?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Where the gas tank is, some in the engine bay, and there is often room under the hatch floor, too. The Th!nk City has a 24kWh, and the FVT eVaro has 22kWh, so it could be possible to do 20-24kWh.

        Sincerely, Neil
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ok, as a non-motorsports-fan, I have to concede that that video clip was pretty awesome.
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