2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Abarth to be Abargain?

January 20, 2012


Pricing was recently announced for the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth. Base price is $22,700 (with destination) and that looks to undercut a similarly-equipped Cooper S ($24,550 with center armrest and Bluetooth/USB/iPod connection options) by nearly two grand.

The Cooper S does have more power (181 hp versus 160 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque versus 170) and an extra gear to work with (6-speed manual versus a 5-speed manual). But it also weighs a little more (2,668 pounds versus 2,533 pounds). And as I'd mentioned in my previous 500 blog, the Fiat holds a significant pack mule advantage.

Comparing some spec chart numbers is all well and good, but I can't wait to see how they compare from a seat 'o the pants perspective.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 11,430 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 FIAT 500 in VA is:

$134 per month*
* Explanation