The Fiat 500 and Fiat 500C were given a facelift in July for the much-needed refresh and necessary updates. The Fiat 500 Abarth and the standard yet sporty 500S were left out of the program though. Speaking to Autovisie, Abarth Head Operations Paolo Gagliardo has revealed that the facelifted Fiat 500 Abarth is coming next year. The facelifted Fiat 500S should also arrive around the same time.
The report suggests that the 2016 Fiat 500 Abarth would remain the same in terms of output figures. So, under the hood, there’d still be the 1.4 T-JET turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 135-140 hp (depending on transmission) and 206 Nm of torque.
Mr. Gagliardo still reckons the Abarth 695 biposto as the leader of the 500 Abarth range. ‘The smallest supercar’, as they call it, is powered by a 1.4 T-JET turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that churns out 190 hp and 250 Nm of torque, good for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration time of just 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h).
The 2016 Fiat 500 Abarth and 2016 Fiat 500C Abarth would also come with “no fewer than 1800” changes. Expected exterior changes to be carried over to the Abarth variants include new grille design, tweaked headlights, new LED daytime running lights integrated into the fog lamps, redesigned tail lamps and new rear fog lamps with one reversing light. On the inside, a noteworthy change would be a new Uconnect infotainment system with a 5.0-inch display.