Thursday, July 28, 2011

Abarth 500 in November debut in the U.S.

The 500 Abarth will be destined to the U.S. market officially presented in November at the Los Angeles Motor Show in 2011, while the arrival in dealerships in the United States is planned for early 2012. The news comes directly from the U.S. division of the Lingotto, which has surprised everyone with its branch the new Twitter account, and therefore denying the rumors that speculated a possible debut in America's small Abarth before 2013.

Perhaps the success of the Fiat 500 in America has led men of the Lingotto to speed on the launch of the Abarth sporting signed, thereby taking advantage of the favorable time of the cheap Italian and simultaneously proposing an alternative to the Mini Cooper S. The main changes that would characterize the European model than for the overseas market will be mainly related to overcoming the difficult American crash tests, particularly on the 500 will be adopted at the rear axle a specific addition to the usual changes to the bumpers and headlights.

Mechanically, the sporty Abarth will be equipped to house the 1.4-liter supercharged engine MultiAir 135 hp, also used by the version distributed in the old continent, capable of pushing the little Abarth from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.9 seconds and top speed reaches about 205 km / h. In a second step, the Abarth 500 should also be initiated with the sports kit esseesse, enhanced for the occasion from 160 to 175 hp, thanks to some targeted interventions on the distribution of valves and the turbocharger.

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