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Fiat introduces facelifted 500 Abarth in Europe

The updates don\'t apply to the U.S.-spec 500 Abarth.

The performance-focused Fiat 500 Abarth recently received an array of minor updates inside, outside, and under the hood.

Visually, the 500 Abarth -- which is known as the Abarth 595 in select foreign markets -- follows the path blazed by the standard 500 by adopting new-look lights on both ends and oval LED daytime running lights up front. The hatchback also receives a redesigned front bumper with bigger air vents, and a new air diffuser out back.

Fiat explains it has spruced up the cabin with Alcantara and carbon fiber accents, but we'll have to take the company's word for it because interior pictures haven't been released yet. Additionally, the 500 Abarth gains the latest generation of Fiat's touch screen-based Uconnect infotainment system.

Mechanically, the 500 Abarth carries on with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, but its output has been bumped up by five horsepower all across the board. Buyers can now order it with either 145, 165, or 180 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission that spins the front wheels continues to come standard regardless of how much grunt the turbo four generates, and the list of options includes a sequential gearbox controlled by shift paddles as well as a limited-slip differential.

The updated Fiat 500 Abarth is scheduled to go on sale across Europe in the coming months. Pricing information hasn't been published yet, but it's of little interest to us because Fiat confirmed to Leftlane that none of the updates detailed above apply to the model sold on our shores.

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