- The 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth hatchback with the new optional six-speed automatic transmission starts at $24,295.
- The 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio with the six-speed automatic transmission starts at $28,295.
- Production of the two began on Monday with U.S. dealership arrivals expected in July.
AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — The 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth hatchback with the new optional six-speed automatic transmission starts at $24,295, including an $850 destination charge, Chrysler spokesman Ariel Gavlin told Edmunds on Monday.
The 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio with the six-speed automatic transmission starts at $28,295, including shipping.
Production of the two began on Monday, with U.S. dealership arrivals expected in July.
The addition of the automatic-transmission models will broaden the customer base for the high-performance version of the Fiat 500, according to the automaker.
The new automatic transmission — an Aisin AW6F25 six-speed — is an option to the standard five-speed manual transmission on the cars.
It is mated to a 157-horsepower 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo four-cylinder engine.
The transmission features a "Sport mode calibration" that "allows for an even more engaged driving experience with special features such as fuel-cut upshifts, rev-matching downshifts, brake-assist downshifts, corner gear hold and fast-off gear hold, as well as a more aggressive pedal map," Chrysler said.
The addition of the automatic transmission to the Fiat 500 Abarth is a key tactical move for Fiat. The Fiat 500 Abarth competes with such high-performance small cars as the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST hatchback, which is only offered with a six-speed manual transmission. The 2014 Fiesta ST starts at $22,225, including an $825 destination charge.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers who have bypassed the Fiat Abarth because it lacked an automatic transmission can now get in on all that high-performance fun.