Sunday, January 29, 2012

2013 Fiat 500 Abarth: The classic hot-hatch recipe

2013 Fiat 500 Abarth from the Portland International Auto Show - Subcompact Culture
After much anticipation, it's here: The Fiat 500 Abarth. Like any hot hatch, it follows the classic formula: small size, and big power. In this case, it's 160 hp and 170 ft./lbs. of torque from the 1.4-liter turbocharged Multiair engine. Power is routed through a five-speed manual transmission. Hells yeah.

Other Abarth goodies include a revised sport suspension, 17" wheels with stickier tires, a unique interior with racing-style seats, and Abarth-only exterior treatments. This includes a dual-outlet exhaust, rear diffuser, and front lip. Of course there is also the distinctive Abarth "scorpion" badging and graphics.

Chrysler/Fiat says 0-60 should be in the low seven-second range, and top speed is around 130-ish. And while there is no limited-slip differential, the car uses a special system that uses the brakes to shift power to the wheel that needs grip.

There's little doubt that that this hot-hatch is going to be a hoot to drive. Pricing should be around $22,500. Looking forward to this one.

2013 Fiat 500 Abarth

1 comment:

Bugarska said...

Hot looking small Fiat. 500 has so many color variations that everyone can find the perfect match. It is a bit shame it is pricey car compared to specs