2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

MSRP (with destination): $22,700
PRICE AS TESTED: $26,900

ENGINE:
1.4-liter turbocharged SOHC I-4
Horsepower: 160 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 170 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

TRANSMISSION:
5-speed manual

DRIVE:
Front-wheel

WHEELS AND TIRES:
17-inch aluminum wheels
205/40WR-17 Pirelli PZero Nero tires

FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway):
28/34 mpg

CURB WEIGHT:
2533 lb

CAPACITIES:
Doors/Passengers: 2/4
Cargo (rear seats up/down): 9.5/26.8 cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): 40.7/31.7 in
Headroom (front/rear): 37.6/35.5 in
Towing: N/A

EXTERIOR/INTERIOR COLOR:
White/Black

STANDARD FEATURES:
Dual intercoolers
Red brake calipers
Performance disc brakes
Turbo boost gauge
Performance suspension
Stability control
Hill start assist
Keyless entry
Cruise control
Power windows and locks
Air conditioning
Height-adjustable driver's seat
50/50-split folding rear seats
BLUE&ME hands-free system
USB port
Auxiliary audio jack
Abarth steering wheel and front floor mats
16-inch aluminum wheels
Abarth performance spoiler
Halogen projector headlights
Fog lights

OPTIONS ON THIS VEHICLE:
Performance leather-trimmed high-back bucket seats- $1000
17-inch gloss white aluminum wheels- $1000
Power sunroof- $850
Red mirror caps- $350
TomTom navigation w/BLUE&ME- $400
Safety and Convenience package- $600

Automatic climate control
Red and black seats
SiriusXM satellite radio w/one-year subscription
Security alarm

KEY OPTIONS NOT ON THIS VEHICLE:
Smokers package- N/A

ADDITIONAL SPECS:
The Abarth has 59 more hp and 72 pound-feet more torque than the standard Fiat 500.

COMPARE TO:
Mini Cooper S, Volkswagen Beetle Turbo, Volkswagen GTI

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Fiat500USA
Is this Consumer Reports or an auto enthusiast's magazine? Too wide a turning circle? You have to twist your wrist to put the key in? My poor ankle? Look, you either get this car or don't. This car isn't for everyone, it is limited production car(only 5,000)for real car enthusiasts that appreciate a true European hot hatch. There are plenty of bland, cookie cutter "sports" cars with stickers and big engines from car companies that 50 years ago were making bicycles, lawn mowers, etc. If you want a car that meets crowd approval by the uninformed, go for one of those. But if you desire a car that gives you membership in the exclusive club of Italian performance cars, this is it. You won't be disappointed.
johnmontgomery
Gosh, I have never seen a more lame editorial review of the Abarth. Gotta wonder, how long has it been since the staff has had some R & R outside of Michigan? Outside of a Humvee, how could any car track well on Detroit area roads, perhaps the worst in the country. But it's the Abarth's fault, which got nothing but huge praise from the auto press reviews last month in Colorado. Secondly, you can't get comfortable in this car? Awww, it doesn't a telescoping steering column. Boo hoo. What suffering! Not a single automotive journalist has complained in the dozens of national reviews about seating position, but you guys found a way. Buy some advil or limit your tests to Buicks. Here's a tip, if you are over 5'10", don't get the sunroof. Jeremy Clarkson is 6'5" and fits fine. Fiat sold 3800 units last month, a record. They have trounced Mini Cooper sales, yet no mention. There is mile long waiting list for the Abarth, it's selling for up to $5K over sticker in places,can any of you "experts" explain why?

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