Fiat 500 Abarth
February 25, 2008
IF I didn’t already love the Fiat 500 enough, the company has now released the first official pictures of the sporty Abarth version.
The 500 Abarth will make its international public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and was developed by Fiat Group Automobiles Style Centre in the spirit of the legendary Fiat 500 Abarth of the 1960s.
It is powered by a Fire 1.4 16v petrol Turbo engine, which delivers a maximum of 135 bhp at 5,500 rpm.
Fiat says that the dramatic styling is far more than a return to the overtail fishtail spoilers of the 1980s, and actually optimises the 500 Abarth’s aerodynamic behaviour.
Inside, the 500 features special instrumentation, with the addition of an analogue gauge to measure turbo pressure. I can’t wait for it to go on sale later this year.