The thing about scorpions is that they pack a mean wallop in a small package. And the same can be said of the auto marque that hoists the scorpion as its emblem. As promised, Abarth rolled into the Frankfurt Motor Show three cars deep. Or three new versions of their existing lineup, which is essentially centered around two cars, anyway.

Replacing the sold-out 695 Tributo Ferrari is the new 695 Competizione. Based on the 500 hatchback, it's essentially the same as the Maranello homage, only it replaces the former's striped bright paint and Prancing Horse emblems with a slick matte finish. The 500 Cabrio Italia, meanwhile, celebrates 150 years of Italian unification with a special package that encompasses Abu Dhabi blue paint (huh?), tan leather, folding roof panel and 160-horsepower turbo four. Finally, the new SuperSport is based on the Punto decked out in pale gray with matte black stripes, 18-inch alloys, 180-horsepower engine and Koni suspension.

Each one is a little bit of awesome in its own right, so check 'em out in our high-res image galleries live from the show floor. Just watch your step... lest you get stung.


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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      And once again, AB seems to be missing the most important information. Are WE getting it in the US? I test drove a regular 500, which only has 101 HP and it was a hoot to drive around. I would LOVE to see what adding 60% more HP will do to this already fun car.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Uh AB has already posted that we will be getting the Abarth 500s in the US. This was well before the 500 started getting sold here.
      Govis
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yay, an undersized, moderately powered expensive poseur-mobile. For about two thousand more a Subaru WRX will wipe the floor with these, with a much better powertrain. Gas ain't that expensive yet.
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Govis
        Are you stupid, or just stupid? First off, why in god's name would you be comparing this car to a WRX of all cars? What the hell is wrong with you? Second of all, a 500 Sport can be had for about $18k, while a WRX starts at about $25k which is considerably more than "about two thousand more". I love Subarus and even own a WRX and I still say you are a moron for even trying to compare these two cars.
        gtv4rudy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Govis
        Why does Harley-Davidson sell more $30k motorcycles than $18k Hondas with more power and reliabilty?
      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Styling is subjective so I guess some people will like this but for what you get verses the price..this a lousy choice along with the smart car.
        Não Pirilamparás
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rob
        Verses? If you can't write your own language properly, how are we supposed to take your opinions seriously?
      Ben Lee
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a pyramid on wheels. Just not a fan of the styling.
      Rick C.
      • 3 Years Ago
      @ Dean H. 160 is nothing. One of the German (or Austrian) tuning companies got well over 200 out of one.
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rick C.
        doesnt matter if they arent street leagal Rick...... ( and WTF is up with Autoblog, cant open articles to read, can post comments on some articles, not others.....seriously, cant be just me.....ANNOYING )
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rick C.
        I see 200 HP in a car like the 500 is totally pointless. Even with only 101 HP on a stock one, its already a very fun car and never really feels slow at all. Even a 160 HP Abarth seems almost overkill, let alone DOUBLING the HP. That's crazy.
      noflyzone
      • 3 Years Ago
      And these cars will be available in the US when an American is F1 champion,right?
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        @noflyzone
        funny....wonder if its just me, is the 500 mirroring Mini and coming out with a new edition weekly?....
      Marc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Blue is the color of the Italian Republic. That is why the national soccer and baseball jerseys are the same color of blue. Pagani had a Zonda in the same scheme to commemorate their version of the Blue Angels. Blue carbon fiber with tricolore stripes. So blue is a very nationalistic color of Italy though most people think it is racing red.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      dystroglycan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't say I like the 500, it's too "chinny." The Punto looks like a proper hot hatch though, a more svelte alternative to the GTI.
      switzarch
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd take a "Punto" model; looks real nasty, Not convinced about the graphics, but more power in a light car, never a bad idea. Remember what made the '64 Goat magic was that big V8 in a compact Tempest, one of the few things DeLorean did right!
      Rick C.
      • 3 Years Ago
      No Punto Abarth pictures.
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