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.

Performance and Engine Upgrades

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth Venom Exterior AutoShow
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  • 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

Exterior

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth Venom Exterior AutoShow
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  • 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

Interior

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth Venom Interior AutoShow
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  • Katzkin leather seats
  • Carbon fiber dash
  • Carbon fiber hand brake
  • Carbon fiber shift knob
  • Carbon fiber weave door armrests
  • Beats audio system
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8 comments:

  (396) posted on 06.26.2012

The turbocharged engine gives speedier performance, so we can expect this will give perfection for the Fiat.

  (372) posted on 06.5.2012

It looks like Las Vegas is its home.

  (474) posted on 05.24.2012

Fiat maybe a midget car, but with its current abilities, it’s doing a great performance. Imagine a vehicle like this is powerful at 200HP. 

  (531) posted on 04.27.2012

Since this has a turbocharged engine, we can expect that it will give a speedy performance.

  (619) posted on 04.19.2012

Since it is turbocharged, it’s able to give off a higher HP than what’s supposed to be.

  (459) posted on 04.11.2012

This mini compact car looks actually cramped on the inside, unlike the others which offer spacious interiors. On the other hand, I find its built and exterior captivating. What astounds me more is its competitive engine.

  (399) posted on 03.27.2012

It’s unbelievable how that engine manages to exert 160-200HP. Ah, after all it is turbo-charged.

  (415) posted on 03.26.2012

Oh, how I like this car! It is light, compact and fashionable. This is most suitable on the streets of Las Vegas.

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