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2012 Fiat 500 Abarth [w/video]

Perfectly Imperfect Pint-Sized Pocket Rocket You can learn a lot about a car by the way it sounds. Fire up a Lexus LS and you'll hear practically nothing. Rev the snot out of a BMW M3 and your ears will be beaten by high-pitched traces of Formula One; do the same with a Dodge Challenger SRT8 and you'll be taken back to 1970 with a low, burbling rumble. Bear in mind that all of these machines mentioned are powered by V8 engines, long the bastion of beastly automotive soundtracks. Clearly, each car's designers tuned all eight cylinders, their assorted valves, camshafts and exhaust... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
1.4L Turbo I4
Power:
160 HP / 170 LB-FT
Transmission:
5-Speed Manual
MSRP:
$26,700 as tested
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    Official: 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth automatic targets broader appeal
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    There aren't many manual-transmission-only offerings on the US market, and now there's one fewer. The 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth has just gone into production with a newly available automatic option. We've known that the hair-raising, high-performance Cinquecento has been scheduled to get a two-pedal setup for some time, but now we have more specifics on the ...

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    Official: Fiat updates 500 with new display, automatic transmission for turbo models
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    Just last month at the Geneva Motor Show, Fiat announced some updates for the European-spec 500, including a new dashboard display. Now it's announced that the same updates are being applied to the US-spec model. Similar (if not identical) to the display in the 500E, the conventionally powered 500 now benefits from a seven-inch high-definition TFT ...

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    Geneva: Abarth 695 Biposto revealed as quickest Fiat 500 yet
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    The Fiat 500 is supposed to be a budget model – something you can pick up with less than twenty grand to your name. But once Abarth gets its hands on it, all bets are off. The Scorpion brand is charged with getting the most performance it can out of budget-oriented vehicles like the Cinquecento and Punto, and that's just what it's done with the new ...

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    Official: Zender Abarth 500 Corsa Stradale Concept has our attention at last
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    Official: Abarth marks 50 years of 595 with special edition Fiat 500
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    Abarth presented its original 595 at the Turin Motor Show in 1963. It was the car that put the Scorpion marque on the map and propelled the original Fiat 500 into hot hatch territory. And to mark that occasion, Fiat's performance brand is launching the special edition you see here. Revealed here ahead of its public debut at next week's Frankfurt Motor ...

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    Official: Fiat 500 Abarth made from models in body paint [w/video]
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    Fiat has taken an interesting approach to its advertising for ESPN The Magazine's annual Body Issue. Rather than just hiring an athlete to stand next to a car or sit in a car, it's actually built a car out of athletes. (And not unlike some naked-lady-motorcycles we've seen before.) Using body artist Craig Tracy and more than a dozen very talented, very ...

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    Official: Fiat builds 1 millionth 500, still a ways to go before passing original
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    There are now 1.1 million examples of the new Fiat 500 cruising the roads of 83 countries, one million of them made at the Fiat's Tychy plant in Poland, the rest in the Fiat plant in Toluca, Mexico. It's taken 69 months since the car's 2007 launch to reach the milestone, the capstone hatchback being an Abarth 500. Where does that fit into the historical ...

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    Report: Fiat 500 Abarth to get automatic transmission option
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    Boo and hiss all you want, but the truth is that manual transmissions aren't for everybody. When Fiat launched the hot little 500 Abarth last year, it did so with a five-speed manual as the only transmission available, but according to Ward's Auto, that might change. "We're not opposed to doing it. We just didn't think there would be consumer requests ...

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    Detroit: Fiat 500 Cattiva and Abarth Tenebra concepts showcase design to enhance personality
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    Fiat brought out two new design concepts at the Detroit Auto Show, both intended to expand the appeal of its 500 Turbo and 500 Abarth models with upgraded and unique appointments inside and out. First up is the Fiat 500 "Cattiva," based on the 500 Turbo, painted with a vibrant Rame (Copper) exterior with contrasting Nero (Black) accents. The turbocharged ...

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    Video: Fiat confirms 500 Abarth Cabrio for LA with F1-inspired video
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    In addition to the electric 500e, Fiat will be debuting a new 500 Abarth Cabrio under the lights of the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. And to get everyone excited about the scorpion-stung droptop, Fiat has launched this promo video showing the cars zipping around a track at the hands of Ferrari Formula One drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe ...

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    Video: Watch Sam Hubinette and Jen Horsey run Targa Newfoundland in a Fiat 500 Abarth
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    We'd grown pretty accustomed to seeing Sam Hubinette sling a Dodge Challenger around a drift course, but the guy knows how to do more than go sideways. Back in September, the Crazy Swede partnered up with Jen Horsey to take on the Targa Newfoundland in a Fiat 500 Abarth in the open class. How'd the team do? The plucky little hatch snagged second place, ...

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    Paris: 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Fuori Serie puts customization program on display
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    Customization programs are nothing new in the auto industry. For a fee, they offer a chance to work directly with the manufacturer to create a one-of-a-kind vehicle for the customer. These programs, however, are usually offered by makers of the most exotic, expensive and exclusive vehicles, like Ferrari, Rolls-Royce and Porsche. It's not often that a ...

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    Review: 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth [w/video]
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    Perfectly Imperfect Pint-Sized Pocket Rocket You can learn a lot about a car by the way it sounds. Fire up a Lexus LS and you'll hear practically nothing. Rev the snot out of a BMW M3 and your ears will be beaten by high-pitched traces of Formula One; do the same with a Dodge Challenger SRT8 and you'll be taken back to 1970 with a low, burbling ...

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    Video: Jay Leno burns rubber in a Fiat 500 Abarth
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    As you can see from the screen grab above, some people get to have all the fun. Jay Leno, who owns more cars than you will ever drive in your lifetime, was graced with the presence of a Fiat 500 Abarth at his garage. Now, this was not the first time that Fiat has stopped off with the potent Italian runabout. Fiat dropped in on Leno with an Abarth back in ...

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    Report: 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth sold out
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    Eager to get your hands on the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth? Get in line, and be warned: you're going to have to wait. According to The Detroit News, Chrysler has stopped taking wholesale orders on the 2012 model year 500 Abarth. According to sources within the automaker, customers who plunk down the money for the hotted-up 500 right now will be put on the 2013 ...

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    Official: Abarth 695 Maserati Edition bows at Mille Miglia
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    The Fiat 500 in its various guises positively romps on its popularity, making special-edition hay with terrific frequency. This latest outing in the form of the Abarth 695 Maserati Edition follows a familiar trail, coming three years after the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari that debuted at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. That hatch had a tuned 1.4-liter turbo ...

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    Video: Another slew of Fiat 500 Abarth ads with Catrinel Menghia released
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    Ah, Catrinel Menghia. Fiat knows a good thing when it finds one, and so it's no surprise to see a trio of new advertisements staring the Romanian-born and Italian-speaking model alongside the 2012 500 Abarth. First up is a minute-long montage showing the Scorpion-addled Abarth flung around the desert while Catrinel... well, stands around looking ...

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    Video: Baby channels Catrinel Menghia in new Fiat ad
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    Fiat scored a major hit with its commercial for the 500 Abarth starring Romanian model Catrinel Menghia. Released last November as a web-only video, the spot exploded in popularity when it hit the airwaves during the Super Bowl in February. Having proven that a dollop of sexiness is enough to get your attention, Fiat has chosen a different but equally ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth [w/video]
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    As Well-Heeled As An Italian Supermodel Not to spoil the rest of this article, but the number one thing that the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth has going for it is its styling. That isn't to say the rest of the car isn't worth writing home about – quite the contrary, actually – but if there's one driving factor that makes you want to run to the Fiat ...

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    Video: Charlie Sheen injects some tiger's blood into Fiat 500 Abarth
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    What do you do when you want to cast your cute little city car as a truly bad ass performance machine? How about hiring an infamous drug enthusiast actor, a guy who insists he has "tiger blood" flowing through his veins? Yes, that's right, Fiat has enlisted none other than Charlie Sheen to promote its Abarth-tuned version of the 500 here in the States. ...

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