The new 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth arrives to America and is now available for order from Heritage FIAT Owings Mills. Bringing the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth to the U.S. enables FIAT to reach out to driving enthusiasts who want Italian performance at an attainable price. With its lightweight, track-tuned handling and purpose-built design, the Fiat 500 Abarth brings to life the legendary racing heritage of the brand and becomes the Italian high-performance car for everyday driving.
To improve aerodynamics - while creating the necessary engine compartment space for the all-new 1.4-liter MultiAir® Turbo engine - the front fascia is more pronounced and pushed 2.7 inches (69 mm) ahead of its signature "whiskers and logo" face, recalling the Abarth stylistic treatments from vintage 850 TC and 1000 TC models.
The signature "Abarth" shield floats on a finned surface that serves as an additional air intake. For a more aggressive look, a blacked-out fascia accent integrates projector-beam fog lamps and helps direct air for engine cooling.
For easier operation, and to keep the driver's eyes on the road ahead, the FIAT 500 Abarth's steering wheel includes cruise, audio and BLUE&ME™ Handsfree Communication technology controls.
Behind the unique Rosso (red) Abarth engine cover and Abarth-designed front fascia with twin "nostrils", lies the heart of the FIAT 500 Abarth - the all-new 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine backed with 160 horsepower, manual five-speed transmission, equal-length half shafts, 3.35 final-drive ratio, and a Torque Transfer Control (TTC) system that delivers power to the pavement.
The FIAT 500 Abarth features a standard-equipped "Sport" mode calibration for more engaging driving. Should the driver select Sport mode on the instrument panel, the Abarth-tuned powertrain control module (PCM) unleashes the full power of the 1.4-liter MultiAir® Turbo with linear throttle response and a more performance-weighted steering feel. When Sport mode is not engaged, the Fiat 500 Abarth returns to "Normal" mode, and limits the torque in first and second gears to enhance fuel efficiency and minimize CO2 emissions.
Developed as a collaboration between FIAT and Microsoft, BLUE&ME™ Handsfree Communication technology is an in-vehicle, voice-activated communication system that allows the FIAT 500 Abarth driver to operate a Bluetooth®-compatible phone while keeping his or her hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Using a series of voice commands, the driver can place phone calls, access the phone's address book or listen to MP3s. BLUE&ME Handsfree Communication technology supports most mobile phones with Bluetooth technology.
For high-performance sound, the 500 Abarth features a standard Bose® Energy Efficient Series (EES) premium audio system with six premium speakers and a subwoofer.