22 Nov
Only 99 of the high performance Cinquecentos to be made

At the upcoming Bologna Auto Show, FIAT will unveil four special edition versions of its performance tuned Abarth Cinquecentos. The US-version of the Abarth-tuned 500 was unveiled last week at the LA Auto Show, surprising many with a 160 horsepower output when most were expecting only 135. While it doesn’t sound like much, it’s a significant boost from the US basic model’s 101 horsepower — that’s a 60% boost, no joke in a car as light and nimble as the FIAT 500 (which we reviewed here). Even better than the US Abarth, however, will be the Punto Scorpione special edition Abarth — one of the four special edition Abarths to be unveiled in Bologna.The Punto Scorpione will deliver 180 horsepower from its highly efficient 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, delivering a 0-62 time in a respectable 7.5 seconds. It will unfortunately be limited to only 99 units, all featuring the extremely sharp black matte-on-gloss black paintjob with a matching snowboard to boot. Pricing still TBA.

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