Abarth has made a lot out of very little. Its entire lineup is based on the 500 and (in markets other than ours) the Punto. But that isn't about to change anytime soon.

Rumors had been circulating that Abarth could make a performance version of the new Fiat 500L, but the latest reports indicate that's off the table. Which makes some degree of sense, considering that the 500L is already available with the 500 Abarth's 1.4-liter turbo four, and that its more bulbous form don't exactly lend themselves towards a performance model – whatever Mini and its John Cooper Works performance sub-brand have to say about the Countryman.

Nor is a Panda Abarth in the cards, either. That was another rumor that made the rounds, suggesting that Fiat's performance brand could be charged with developing a more potent successor to the much-loved Panda 100HP.

As were rumors of a stand-alone Abarth model, which was tipped years ago to raise the brand's profile and take on the likes of the Lotus Elise. Whether it was ever considered for Abarth or not, that role has clearly fallen instead to the Alfa Romeo 4C.


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      Ben Dover
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fiat doesn't need MORE Abarth models in the US, they need new car models. Although the Fiat 500 for example may feel new to a US consumer, the reason it lags in performance behind other compacts is that its a chassis that's a generation behind now. The Fiat 500 chassis has been in production in Europe since late 2006, and is overdue for a refresh. Hopefully we'll see a brand new updated Fiat 500 with independent rear suspension and more Mini like quality interior.
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ben Dover
        The 500 is selling at the proper levels, even beating out Mini in 2012. Problem is, it's not a mass-market car in the US. The L, or some model in between, needs to fill that role for Fiat.
        Superstevie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ben Dover
        Being based on the 2003 Panda, the chassis has been around a lot longer than that!
        Ben Dover
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ben Dover
        Only 47% of Fiat dealerships are profitable though (and that's mostly from the service department, not vehicle sales), and Abarths are selling at under invoice according to trueprice and edmunds.
          superchan7
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ben Dover
          Abarths are cheap to make, but Fiat couldn't fit an automatic gearbox into the US version. That is hampering sales. They are begging to be flung off at under invoice price.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fiat needs a line-up of cars like the 124 sedan, coupe & spider.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fiat needs to market the hell out of the 500L. It's the perfect size for the coastal Americans looking for a trendy family car. An Abarth version of the 500L is unnecessary and probably wouldn't sell enough to make money. Fiat would need to shoehorn a Pentastar in there to offer the expected performance.
        kingrat001
        • 1 Year Ago
        @superchan7
        What they really need to do is make the 500/500L at least reasonably decent looking. Tat would have to help sales.
      Adam
      • 1 Year Ago
      id rather buy a honda crosstour, ya i said it
      Vwfanatic
      • 1 Year Ago
      The FIAT 500 Abarth is a fun car that is too narrow and has high-chair seating. If only the 500 were a little wider, I would already be an owner. I test drove the Abarth and didn't find it's telephone booth - high center of gravity a confidence builder in US traffic.
      mary.keana
      • 1 Year Ago
      FIAT really needs to kill off some crappy Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler products, and replace them with these.
      JamesAJenkins
      • 1 Year Ago
      ok
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