Fiat India will be launching the performance oriented mean machine - The Abarth 500 - next month, i.e. November in India. Although, earlier being considered as a mere speculation, it is now confirmed as one car has been spied at Fiat's dealership without any camouflage. Fiat Abarth 500 made its Indian debut at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo and received several applauds from the auto aficionados.
The Abarth 500 is based on the standard 500 hardtop and flaunts sporty bumpers, stylish alloy wheels, body decals and 'Abarth' badging, instead of conventional 'Fiat' badges. Fiat, the Italian autogiant, would also introduce the Abarth brand with Punto, albeit next year. The spied small car also has projector headlamps, dual exhausts and Abarth Competizione gearbox. Inside the cabin, it boasts aluminium pedals, sporty seats and red contrast stitching and inserts on the dash. In addition, there is a Hi-Fi audio player for the sake of music lovers. In terms of safety features, it would come loaded with an array of top-notch equipments such as 7 airbags, Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA).
Under the hood, it would have a 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged T-Jet engine, which is also seen in the Linea sedan sans turbocharger. This engine belts out two different power outputs of 135 bhp at 5500rpm and 140 bhp at 5500rpm with 5-speed manual transmission and the Abarth Competizione gearbox, respectively. However, the peak torque performance remains the same with both these power figures at 206Nm on tap at 3000rpm. Ironically, the more powerful 140 bhp variant touches the 100kmph from standstill in 8.1 seconds as compared to that of 7.9 seconds taken by the 135 bhp variant. The top speed of both the models is same altogether at 205kmph and both of these are likely to launch in the country next month. It is expected that Abarth 500 would have a sticker price of around 22-24 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom), upon its arrival. This performance based car would directly lock horns with the Mini Cooper in India auto market.
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