According to a report from Car and Driver, documents submitted to the California Air Resources Board and to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration both point to a new arrival in the Fiat 500 line: a turbocharged hatch called the 500T Sport. The NHTSA document was a key for decoding a car's VIN, the "500T Sport" moniker appearing in the Series classification. The CARB paperwork approved California's certification of a boosted 1.4-liter engine for an unnamed Fiat product, along with the the Dodge Dart and 500 Abarth, which use the same engine.

There is currently a 59-horsepower spread between the 500 and the 500 Abarth, as well as a $6,500 difference in MSRP, which is a chasm offering plenty of space to mine a middle model.
C/D figures the 500T Sport will put out something around 130 hp and debut sometime over the next year, and a fan site, Fiat500USA, has found pics of what might be the car we'll get.


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      pngrant54
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well its about a $6500 price difference between the base Abarth and the standard 500. If Fiat splits the difference that comes in at about $19,500. That puts it right in the price range of a base Mini Cooper. Advantage Fiat however.If it has 133 HP as in the Euro Abarth and US Abarth Suspension it's going to be a great deal. That means for under 21 grand you can have 17 inch wheels and perhaps a Sunroof.0-60 under 8 seconds also puts it ahead of a base Mini Cooper as well.
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder what special Abarth editions the US can expect. I have heard we will not have the privilege of paying an extra $2,500 for an Esse Esse kit for a 20hp bump - I hope that is not true and it will become an option. I wonder if the Fiat 500 Abarth Venom is an example of what to expect - better option than a "MOPAR" edition. http://www.fiat500usa.com/
      Peter Franzoni
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why do people compare the 500 to the 2 seat smart? The 500 is only a d*ck length shorter then the Mini and 33" bigger then the Smart. The 500 cost alot less then the Mini which (like Porsche), charges you for everything. There are fewer options on the 500. Ofcourse, the Minis sells more-its been here for 10 yrs and has more models. I saw the Abarth at the NYC auto show and it looks kick ass. It has 100hp more then my first Fiat (128), and should give the Mini a run for its money, while costing much less. The 500T sport make perfect sense to bridge the gap between the 500 and the Abarth
      Randy915
      • 2 Years Ago
      A simple de-tune Abarth and voila! a new model; brilliant.
      Devin Baker
      • 2 Years Ago
      In Europe the Abarth only has 130-something HP. The abarth we're getting is already equipped with the essesse motor upgrade.
      Ron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who cares? Small, overpriced, slow, and terrible quality. Cracks me up how here people seam to think fiat is anything other than the cheap, crappy brand that it is, You have to be a complete tool to buy one of these. They are complete crap.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ron
        "Who cares? Small, overpriced, slow, and terrible quality. Cracks me up how here people seam to think fiat is anything other than the cheap, crappy brand that it is, You have to be a complete tool to buy one of these. They are complete crap." What cracks me up are posters such as Ron who - to any true car enthusiast - simply haven't a clue what they're talking about.
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ron
        Why don't you mind crawling out of the hole you've been living in for the last 30 years?
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ron
        Let's see how many downvotes you can get. Wish there was a FAIL button next to the 'reply' link.
        Flying burrito daddy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ron
        Idiot
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      OMFG FIATZ R UNRELIABE CRAP! FIAT STANDS 4 FIX IT AGAIN TONY ! Source: My brother's wife's sister's husband's 18th cousin's dog's original owner's hairdresser's doctor's daughter's boyfriend's dad.
      MacProMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's like putting chocolate syrup on a turd, it's still a turd. Haha
      prez29
      • 2 Years Ago
      What they NEED to do is increase the power on the Abarth models, and start bringing us the good stuff, like the Tributo Ferrari and the Abarth Maserati. I saw a TF in Italy, and it's one hot little car, IF the price is not rediculous. But none of 'em are any good if they can't at least blow the doors off a freakin' Mini. I suffered that embarrassment once many years ago when I got hammered by a 924 in my Lotus Esprit S2. There are aftermarket Italian tuners doing good things with 500s. I'm sure Abarth could, too.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @prez29
        "What they NEED to do is increase the power on the Abarth models, and start bringing us the good stuff, like the Tributo Ferrari and the Abarth Maserati." 160bhp for a 1.4 litre engine is phenomenal. 160bhp in an A-segment hatchback is phenomenal. And I don't think Americans are ready for cars such as the Tributo models at over $50K a pop.
          Shiftright
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          The Mini Cooper JCW also costs about $8k more than the Abarth
          PatrickH
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          The Mini Cooper JCW does pretty well with 200 hp. so how about it Fiat?
      spa2nky1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey FIAT...I'm STILL waiting for the 2 cylinder 'twinair'
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      Going to be too expensive and the mpgs are not good enough. Fiat is damaged goods in many minds now. Too little too late. We all laugh at them when we see 500s barely bigger than a smart that the guy paid 24k for! Hahahaha!!!
      PatrickH
      • 2 Years Ago
      What the heck? I figured this would be positioned above the Abarth. Adding this model in the middle is pointless. More hp please.
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