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Fiat 500 Abarth: Rue Saint – Julien le Pauvre, Paris, France

October 6th, 2010 by Stu

Our pal Dave Pinter took time out of his busy Paris Auto Show schedule to chronicle some local street culture and remind us how much better Europeans have it than we do. Case in point, they have enjoyed this sweet little Fiat 500 since 2007 while we continue to wait for the retro modern hatchback to hit U.S. shores (the latest word is December 2010). This particular example, the Abarth, is a red hot performance version of the 500 with all manor of menacing design cues that transform vehicle character from urban chic to track ready boy racer. Think of the Abarth as Fiat’s throwback answer to Mini’s John Cooper Works-branded vehicles. Word on the street is that Americans will get an even hotter version of the Abarth sometime around the end of 2011/beginning of 2012. We can’t freekin wait!

Thanks Dave!

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