November 2014 launch for the Fiat 500 Abarth High Performance Hatchback

Italian car maker Fiat will launch the Abarth 500 high performance hatchback in November 2014. The car will be imported as a completely built unit (CBU) in a right hand drive (RHD) layout. For the Indian car market, the Abarth 500 will use the Australian state of tune. The car is powered by a 1.4 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that outputs 158 Bhp of peak power and 230 Nm of peak torque. A five speed manual gearbox will power the front wheels of the Abarth 500.

The car will hit speeds in excess of 200 Kph, with a sub-8 second 0-100 Kph sprint, putting it on the front line of the fastest cars in the sub-30 lakh rupee segments. Handling on the car is optimized by the usage of stiffer suspension and lowered springs that let the Abarth 500 hug the road. A pint sized powerhouse, that’s what the Fiat Abarth 500 really is. The car will be a brand builder for Fiat in India, seeking to highlight the performance capabilities of the Italian brand’s Abarth division.

Technically a four seater, the rear seats of the twin door Fiat 500 Abarth are more suited to young kids rather than full grown adults. The Fiat 500 Abarth is styled as a funky, compact hatchback with curvy looks all around. The interiors of the Abarth 500 carry on this contemporary design language with prominent Abarth signage and a turbo boost gauge, highlighting the car’s unique positioning.

Safety kit on the Abarth 500 will include three point seatbelts, cross drilled disc brakes on all four wheels, ABS+EBD+Brake Assist, parking sensors and a full complement of seven airbags. The Abarth 500 will be the most expensive Fiat sold in India, with a price tag that is likely to be pegged close to the 30 lakh rupees mark. The Fiat Abarth 500 will square off against the Mini Cooper S hatchback.

Via RushLane