Fiat had sent out emails to its registered fans notifying them to be prepared for a surprise this coming 18th and 19th February

Fiat 500 was indeed a hit in the compact car segment, to the extent of receiving several “Car of the Year” awards last year. This unquestionably had driven Fiat to go ahead with the development of a more powerful version of this retro compact, calling it Fiat Abarth, marking the come-back of its well-known Abarth tuning division.

This sportier compact is set to challenge the Mini Cooper S, although we know close to nothing on its details for now. A few days ago Fiat had sent out emails to its registered fans notifying them to be prepared for a surprise this coming 18th and 19th February, together with a link which leads to the Abarth’s homepage. Nothing much could be seen on the page, other than some plain sketches on the car and controls to play with. No technical details are up, although speculations claim that it will come with the 180bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged engine found in its big brother 'Grande Punto'.

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