Industry people have assured 135hp. I can find nothing from us fiat that confirms it either way. There are plenty of bloggers that assume 170hp but all I am seeing is wishful thinking. I tend to error to the side of caution. If it is 135hp we will still be getting spanked by Honda Fit si w/ auto tranny all day.
There's nothing official from Fiat regarding the power of the US Abarth.
BUT there was something official from Chrysler a while back regarding a 170 hp turbocharged 1.4 Multiair engine in Fiat's lineup (see Chrysler Media). Caveat: they confirmed the engine but NOT that it's going in the Abarth. Since the only other engine they confirmed is already on the regular 500, and since the Abarth is the only upcoming model this or next year, then most news outlets assume that the 170 hp engine is what's going into the Abarth. I like to think so too, which is why I put my deposit on an Abarth already
Nothing has been said about 135hp base engine and Esseesse crate kits by anyone so I doubt that's going to happen.
Yeah, Javier, I came across that as well. Though it's from January (I'll assume a typo and it's from January of this year), and wasn't specifically about the Abarth. I do think that it's a reasonable assumption to equate that as the Abarth engine, at least for now. I guess we'll all know when it's at the LA auto show.
Ive also heard 175 HP from a few different sources. The euro abarth is offered as a 135 HP with an Essesse kit which boosts it to 160.
175 HP in a car that weighs 2350 is really quite something. The lotus elise makes 180 HP and only weighs 1900 and goes from 0-60 in less than 5 seconds so Im sure the US abarth will be a blast to drive. I keep telling myself I will be keeping my prima but something tells me I will be trading it in/selling it next year unless I can get a dealer installed abarth supercharer or Turbo kit, ive heard this will be available but no one has comfirmed yet.