Italian automaker Fiat is tapping into its Chrysler ties by having the latter’s in-house aftermarket division, Mopar, partner with Italian parts supplier Magneti Marelli to develop and produce a line-up of Fiat 500 Abarth models.
The first of these special edition vehicles made its debut in Las Vegas and has been christened as the 500 Abarth Venom. A host of modifications were added to the 500 Abarth to give it that special edition feel, including carbon fiber components on the hood and side mirror housings and a large matte-black Scorpion graphic on the roof. The inclusion of the former also allows the little compact car to cut its weight by 200 lbs, which would serve it well when combined with a performance modification.
On that note, Mopar reprogrammed the car’s ECU unit while also adding a sport exhaust system that allows the 500 Abarth Venom to increase the output on the car’s 1.4-liter turbocharged engine from the standard 160 horsepower to 200 horsepower.
The ironic thing about this model and where it made its debut in Las Vegas - by the way, supermodel Catrinel Menghia was on-hand for its unveiling - is that the car won’t be available in the US.
UPDATE 04/10/2012: The Fiat 500 Abarth by Mopar was on hand at the 2012 New York Auto Show. Check out our live images in the gallery provided!
Hit the jump for a full list of upgrades.
gallery: Fiat 500 Abarth
Performance and Engine Upgrades
- Matte aluminum wheels with Abarth performance brakes and exhaust
- Cold air intake with conical air filter
- Polished turbo compressor housing
- Ceramic coated heat shield
- Front fender
- Rear handling bar
- Lowering kit
- ECU add-on
- Custom blow off valve
- Carbon fiber: hood, chin spoiler, rear spoiler, rear diffuser, mirror caps, and antenna cap
- Xenon headlamps with black trim
- Tinted headlamps and tail-lamps
- Black chrome front fascia moustache
- Black chrome license plate brow
- Black chrome door handles
- Black matte Scorpion logo roof decal
- Matte black Abarth bodyside decal
- Katzkin leather seats
- Carbon fiber dash
- Carbon fiber hand brake
- Carbon fiber shift knob
- Carbon fiber weave door armrests
- Beats audio system