Geneva '08 Preview: Fiat 500 Abarth

If you get e-newsletters from Fiat, you'll have noticed an ambiguous email in your inbox this Saturday. The email contained an advisory to mark the dates February 18 and 19 on your calendar, next to the Abarth logo for Fiat's performance division. Given that the email was the 500 newsletter, that can only mean one thing: the Fiat 500 Abarth is coming to Geneva.

Before you go lamenting another stylish European hot hatch we can't get in America, remember that the 500 Abarth could make it to our shores. We've been seeing spy shots of the thing running rings around everywhere for a while now, and appetites around the world have been whetted. The sketch you see above appears, in negative and alongside a second sketch, on the Abarth website after a link from the newsletter, and while it's clearly a caricature, it gives a hint at what we can expect from the Cooper-eating little Italian. Expect two variants, with 150 and 180 horsepower respectively, to eventually make the line-up, though we'd expect just the former at the premiere. Stay tuned.

[Source: Abarth]

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