Official images that "leaked" present what can possibly be the only Abarth version of the 500, likely to have a 180-cv turbo engine.

It is pretty easy to know when official pictures of a car are going to pop up. First, Carscoop has shown sketches Fiat has released to 500 fans. Later on, the images have leaked (as if Fiat did not want to have them widespread throughout the whole internet...) and Carscoop has also been the first one to show them. Good work, guys! Thanks to them we can also show you the first official images of the pocket rocket Fiat has build over the 500’s base. And what a car it promises to be!

The new 500 version has a very mean appearance, with huge wheel arches to house equally big wheels and low tires, wider air intakes, a rear air diffuser, double exhaust pipes, red caps for the external rear mirrors and dozens of Abarth badges all over the car. There is still some controversy on what will be the output of the engine, most probably the 1,4-litre four cylinder turbo of the Grande Punto Abarth (check the ghost sketch in which an intercooler shows off at the lower left side of the car, ahead of the wheel), but maybe in a more “behaved” version, with about 150 cv, instead of the 180 cv that it uses to push the bigger brother.

Spy photos also stated that there were going to be two Abarth versions of the 500, a simple one and the SS, which stands for Super Sport. This last one was likely to receive the 180 cv engine, but, according to these official pictures, it seems that there will be only one 500 Abarth. If this is confirmed, it would be no surprise if Fiat’s better surprise for the Geneva Motor Show (if you can call it a surprise any longer) refuses to make a shy appearance and presents even more horsepowers than we expect. It is just a matter of waiting, and official technical specs should not take longer than a couple days.

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