- The U.S. version of the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth will be unveiled in November at the L.A. auto show.
- The 500 Abarth will be powered by an all-new 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo engine in the States.
AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Back in July, Fiat announced via Twitter that it intended to show its 2012 500 Abarth at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, a plan that the Italian brand now reconfirms as the L.A. show draws near. It has also released the first two official photos of the upcoming performance hatchback.
Additional new information regarding the U.S. version of the 500 Abarth is scant. However, Fiat confirmed that the performance car will receive an all-new 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo engine in the States. In Europe, the engine delivers 135 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Fiat says the Abarth will also feature a retuned suspension and upgraded brakes.
Abarth was founded by the late Karl Abarth. He was a famed tuner of small Fiats and Simcas in Italy during the 1960s. Abarth versions of both the 500 and the Punto supermini are offered in Europe.
Edmunds.com says: Finally, a Fiat we can really get excited about. With the right tuning it could be a seriously fun hot hatch.