FIAT 500 Abarth Models and 500 Abarth History
The FIAT auto brand's returned to the United States in 2011 was marked with the importation of the economical yet stylishly chic 500 compact car. Proving that the Italian hatchback would be more than just a cute entry-level premium machine, the FIAT 500 gained race-inspired tuning under the Abarth name. Descending from motorsports roots dating back to the 1950s, Abarth's influenced were revealed for the 2012 model year with the FIAT 500. The 2012 FIAT 500 Abarth utilized a small vehicle stature and added a powerful MultiAir Turbo engine for maximum performance. A turbocharged and twin-intercooled 1.4-liter powerplant used on the 500 Abarth produced 160 horsepower along with 170 pound-feet of torque. With advertised ‘track-ready capability', the FIAT 500 Abarth's enhancements over the base 500 models included a lower ride height, upgraded suspension and enlarged brakes. Given special interior treatment at introduction, the 500 Abarth would gain Beats by Dr. Dre audio system for 2013. Originally only offered as a hardtop with a five-speed manual gearbox, an opening top 500 Abarth Cabrio was added for 2014 while a six-speed automatic transmission became available in 2015.