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At the Concorso Italiano in Monterey, Calif. today, Fiat announced an additional version of its diminutive 500 model, a turbo version with 135 horsepower.
Fiat demonstrated how advanced tech could improve even a low-budget model, outfitting its 500 Turbo and Abarth with LCD instrument clusters at the New York auto show.
The newest version of Fiat's retro 500 pumps up the horsepower and the handling, gearing toward pure, juvenile enjoyment.
The Fiat 500 with a whole new attitude: all'arrabiatta.
Fiat strapped a turbocharger to the 500's engine and tuned the suspension, turning the stylish little Italian city car into a loud little beast.
The small and economical Fiat 500 marks a mild return for the brand to the U.S., but the Abarth version adds a much more aggressive note, and will give enthusiasts a reason to drive Italian.
With the arrival of the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth, it looks like I'll get exactly what I want from the 500 chassis: lots more power and much more fun.
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