CHANGES FOR 2013:
– Abarth Cabrio added.
– FIAT Premium Audio with speed sensitive volume.
– Beats by Dr. Dre sound system available.
– Heated front seats available.
– Revised icons on steering wheel and cluster bezel for a more intuitive system.
– New more durable carpet.
– Door locking strategy now configurable on EVIC.
– New standard tire pressure monitoring display.
A big hit in Europe, Fiat’s modern take on its iconic Cinquecento came to North America with a pretty daunting mandate: reintroduce North America to this Italian brand, win our hearts and, as Chrysler’s only small car, repeat the fairy-tale success of the reborn Mini. The 160-hp Abarth variant is swift, flawed, and massively entertaining. Built in Mexico, our 500s are not burdened with premium pricing.
Abarth standard features include 1.4L 16V MultiAir Turbocharged engine, 5-speed heavy duty manual transmission, Abarth front and rear fascia, Abarth sill cladding, high-back performance bucket seats with racing harness
pass-through, leather-wrapped flattened-bottom steering wheel with shaped thumb rests, aluminum pedal covers, unique Abarth badging, red brake calibers, fog lights, cruise control, dual exhaust system, performance-tuned suspension and brake system, Abarth-tuned Torque Transfer Control (TTC), turbo boost gauge, 16-inch performance aluminum wheels, FIAT premium audio system, Blue&Me hands free communication, AM/FM/CD with auxiliary input jack, three-mode Electronic Stability Control with ‘Full Off’ Capability and brake assist, four-wheel disc antilock brakes, tire pressure monitoring display, airbags (front, side curtain, front seat, driver’s knee), and aspheric driver exterior mirror.