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