When we heard that Fiat will be using its new partner Chrysler’s dealer network to market the 500 city car model, we believed, like everybody else, that it will start off with the base model and offer different variations like a convertible or the upcoming wagon model.
But according to a recent report, it seems that Fiat will debut straight with the high performance Abarth edition, betting big on taking as many customers from its main rival, Mini. It seems that the Mexico plant, which we revealed that it will start delivering 2011 model year Fiat 500 units, will focus solely on the sports edition of the small 500.
The Abarth edition, in case you forgot, is powered by a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder DOHC turbocharged engine, which develops 133 HP, reaching a top speed of 206 km/h (127 mph) with a fuel economy of 25-33 mph (9.4-7 liters/100 km). In addition to the upgraded engine, it also features plenty of sports accessories, from the rear spoiler, twin exhaust pipes or 16-inch wheels to a 5-speed manual transmission or sports seats.
If this turns out to be true, then Mini of America definitely needs to work on some new ads, as the Abarth edition of the Fiat 500 is a very good car. Hopefully US fans of the tiny Italian city car will also see other models, like the even sportier 500 Abart Essesse or better yet, special Ferrari editions.