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Christopher Bruce2012-11-19 12:42:27

Fiat Sneakily Confirms 500C Abarth for LA in Video

The 500C Abarth has already been on sale in Europe

FiatFiatFiatItaly, 1899 > present159 models
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35 videos
has sneakily announced that the Fiat Abarth 500 Cabrio500CAbarth 500CItaly, 2010 > present3 photos
will make its American debut at the LA Auto Show in a Youtube video. 

The video shows Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa driving the car in Texas, but the key is the video description that says: "The Scuderia Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa tested the FIAT 500 Abarth Cabrio in Austin, Texas, in anticipation of its North American debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show."

Although Fiat does not say anything about the car's specs, it seems safe to assume that it will use the same turbocharged 1.4-liter engine with 160hp and 170lb-ft of torque with a five-speed manual transmission as the current Abarth 500500 (modern)Abarth 500 (modern)Italy, 2007 > present64 versions
156 photos
3 videos
in the US. 

That means that the US will get two new 500 models at the LA Auto Show. Fiat also announced the 500e only for California late last week. 

Source: Autoblog

Encyclopedia
AbarthAbarth
500 (modern)500 (modern)
500C500C
Engine
Flat 4
Displacement
83 cu in
Top Speed
127 mph
Transmission
5, Manual and transfer box
Maximum power
140 hp @ 5000 rpm
Type
Convertible (cabrio)
Fuel
Petrol
Fuel consumption (combined)
36.18 US MPG
price
$ 30.676
* based on Germany prices
annual ownership cost
$ 1.961

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