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2012 Fiat 500 Abarth Video Review and Test Drive

Hi, Scott here from Sherwood Fiat. Today I am pretty excited, we got our very first Abarth Fiat 500 in. This is a car we have been anticipating its arrival since we got our Fiat showroom just over a year ago. This is the high performance version of the Fiat 500 with relatively limited quantities available in Canada. I want to take a look at this one today.

As you can see, lots of unique Abarth badging and stitching on it. So what makes this version different is the high performance suspension, and ultimately the powertrain. This has a 4 cyclinder, multi-air, turbocharged engine that delivers 160 horsepower and 170lb-ft. of torque. A car of this size and weight to have 170lb-ft. of torque makes it very fun to drive. Mated with that engine is a 5-speed manual transmission, very smooth shifting, very short throws. It’s really designed to be a sports car or at the least, a very sporty driving car. It comes with the optional 17″ wheels that are shown here.

One of the great things about the Fiat 500 and not just the Abarth edition is that while it’s a small car, it comes with a lot of luxury car features. All of these cars are equipped with keyless entry, a very high performance Bose audio system with 6 speakers plus a subwoofer, a USB port with iPod control. Optionally, you can get the Tom Tom navigation system, auto temperature control, power sunroof, Sirius satellite radio.

To appreciate this car, you really have to hear it run. It’s fun to drive. It has great power. Everything that I do to the steering wheel translates right to the road immediately. Certainly can experience driving. As far as turning ratio goes, this is a great urban car. It has a very small turning radius. Could be parked in a phone booth.

Certainly one of the most fun test drives that I have had to date. For a lot more information, check out our website or even better, come down and see us and we will show you one and you can take it for a drive. Thanks for your time.

Scott Held

Edmonton FIAT

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