Italian automaker will be bringing its performance edition of the 500 supermini to American shores.

Chrysler has announced that the North American debut for the the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth will take place at the Los Angeles auto show next month.

We expect the North American-spec Abarth to be similar to the European model which comes with a 140 PS (138 bhp / 103 kW ) 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with 206 Nm (152 lb-ft) of torque.

No word yet on whether the Abarth Essesse (SS / Super Sport), with 170 PS (125 kW / 168 bhp), will also be an edition of the 500 in North America.

The 2011 Los Angeles auto show takes place November 18 to November 27.

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