We're still waiting for an Abarth-tuned Fiat 500 to launch in our market, but meanwhile Fiat's performance arm is busy preparing three new is special edition cars at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
First up: The 500 Cabrio Italia Sport allegedly celebrates the 150th anniversary of Italian unification, so fittingly, only 150 examples are being built. Based upon the 500C Abarth, the car sports a bold blue paint job, 17-inch wheels, bright yellow brake calipers, and a sumptuously-trimmed interior. Powering the little drop-top is a 160-hp, 1.4-liter turbo four, capable of going 0-60 mph in 7.4 seconds and maxing out at a top speed of about 131 mph.
Want a 500 that's a little more intense? Try the new 695 Competizione, which Abarth claims it it's first street-legal race car. Many of the components -- including body kit, wheels, and 180-hp, 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 -- are similar to those used in the 695 Tributo Ferrari, the fastest factory-built 500 to date. Competizione models do sacrifice rear seats in favor of a full roll bar. A 5-speed semi-automatic gearbox is standard, and features shift modes designed for both road and track driving.
Need a bigger Abarth? The brand's also using its Frankfurt stand to launch the wild Punto Super Sport. Matte black stripes appear on the hood and on the roof, and red Brembo brake calipers add some flair to the 18-inch wheels, which resemble those offered as part of Abarth's “esseesse” kit. Suspension modifications include specially-tuned Koni shock absorbers, and a performance exhaust with an oversized tip. A 180-hp version of the 1.4-liter Multiair engine reportedly pushes the super-sporty Punto to a top speed of 132 mph.
Be sure to check Automobile for more details and photos during the Frankfurt show in Septebmer.