Social media allows for news to travel fast. Case in point, Fiat just sent out word via its official Twitter account minutes ago confirming that its U.S. spec 500 Abarth performance model will debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

We recently had the chance to drive the European version, but this news allows us to commence being impatient for the day we can drive the 'murican trim – especially since we hear it will feature a more powerful 1.4-liter turbo with Multiair technology than the model currently filling up Mini Cooper mirrors in the EU. We hear it should produce around 175 horsepower – a handsome number for such a small, lightweight hatchback.


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      AlphaGnome
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saw my first 500 in person last night and had to take a triple-take. The pictures of these things make them look unproportionate, but I really liked what I saw. I think it's better looking in person by far! Can't wait to try one out, but that'll require a dealership in Iowa.
      645E3A
      • 3 Years Ago
      Leave the stripes off and leave the funky rims at home, and we'll have something. Less is More FIAT!! Steering wheel looks great. Still, this is very good news! Welcome Abarth to the USA!
      StreetsideStig
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not crazy about that paint, but I can't wait for this thing. It should be awesome.
      angryanzac91
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally!! Cant wait for what the response is going to be like for this car!!
      Dane Grant
      • 3 Years Ago
      That photo is not the North American version... Look at the number plate holders (back)... Completely different here....
      RocketJohn
      • 3 Years Ago
      < $25K is the appropriate price for this one... $30k is a bad idea.
        Shiftright
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RocketJohn
        It will be cheaper than the Cooper S by a few thousand for sure, and that starts at around $24k.
          Mike Pulsifer
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Shiftright
          See this: http://www.fiat500abarth.us/blog/uslaunch/the-price-of-a-fiat-500-abarth/ IMO, they have a well thought-out guesstimate.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, I know it's a performance car, but it looks too damn cute.
        AlphaGnome
        • 3 Years Ago
        @QAZZY
        I know exactly what you mean, but it hasn't held the Mini back from being taken seriously. . . Yet.
      Julie Gould
      • 3 Years Ago
      Type your comment hereI paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, BidsOut.com
      bchreng
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess it's going to have a starting price of around $25k (USD) which, as cool as this little car is, is far more than I'd be willing to pay. For that kind of money, I'd be happy with a base Mustang with the performance pack. To each their own though as the Abarth is still an amazing 'lil car!
        Shiftright
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bchreng
        They're both great cars that give you a lot of fun behind the wheel, but in a very different way. Anyone interested in buying an Abarth 500 or a Cooper S isn't cross shopping a Mustang. They target very different deomographics and comparing the two is pointless.
        Shiftright
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bchreng
        Seeing as the 500 undercuts the Mini by about $5k on any comparable model, I would say it'll come in under $20k.
          Mike Pulsifer
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Shiftright
          Think about that for a moment. The Sport model starts at $17,500. The Lounge at $19,500. The Abarth will start above $20K easily.
      stevenh
      • 3 Years Ago
      unless you are under 24 those graphics would be totally embarrassing, most times 'less is more'
        Phontsolo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stevenh
        That is not the normal Fiat 500 Abarth graphics. Look it up.
      Chilipepper
      • 3 Years Ago
      At what price greatness? My local Fiat salesman said he heard $29,999. At that price, it will fall flat on it's face. There is no way it can compete with the GTI, Cooper S and mazdaspeed 3 at$24-$25k.
        dan1malk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chilipepper
        Salesman by me said starting price around $23-$24k, but emphasized that it wasn't officially confirmed. $24k sounds like a lot if you haven't gotten over the 'small=cheap' stigma or you buy your cars by the pound, but the Fiat offers a lot of options for the money, it's just that space isn't one of them. I'm married with no kids, and my wife drives an Equinox so I have no need for the extra space a GTI or MS3 offer. I'd take an Abarth in a heartbeat for $24k. If you're right, $30k would be ridiculous, though
          Phontsolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dan1malk
          This 'small=cheap' stigma that American's have needs to start going the way of the dodo bird. It should disappear. Small doesn't necessarily mean cheap. They've been doing that in Europe for ages and they have no problems selling small premium hatches.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chilipepper
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        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chilipepper
        I know it won't happen, but I think $21,999 - $22,999 would be an ideal starting point. I'm not paying $25K for something this small, not a chance. I am not even a typical American that bigger is better, it just doesn't make sense to me....
          GearheadGeek
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          If you consider size as being related to price, whether it makes rational sense to you or not you're something of a "bigger is better" type.
          Phontsolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          Size should not equate to price.
        gtv4rudy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chilipepper
        I've been putting aside my new car purchace until the Abarth arrives but if that price is correct, I'll have to pass ... $30k? (OUCH!)
      • 3 Years Ago
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