There’s no denying that the Italians have an unmatched sense of style when it comes to things with wheels. Consider Ducati, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Moto Guzzi as examples; now Fiat is hoping to piggyback on that style credibility with the Fiat 500. We gave you pricing on it here, and Fiat has just released the above video providing some good imagery of the car’s interior and exterior.
There’s more good news from Fiat, but it’s tinged with bad. First the good news: Autoblog reports that we’re definitely getting the Fiat 500 Abarth on these shores. Now for some bad news: the Abarth will be the last version imported into the U.S., which means Fiat is concentrating on the launch of the convertible 500 and the Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) 500 as higher priorities. Since the 500 BEV won’t be launched until 2012, we won’t see an Abarth version Fiat 500 for at least two years. Bummer.
Just in case you don’t know, Abarth is the factory tuning arm of Fiat, similar to BMW’s M division and Ford’s SVT. The Fiat Abarth 500 features a turbocharged version of the 1.4 liter engine, good for an estimated 133 horsepower. That’s good enough to get the car from zero to sixty in less than eight seconds, on its way to a top speed of nearly 130 miles per hour. Suspension settings are revised as well, which should give Mini a serious challenge for the title of best handling front wheel drive subcompact.