US: Fiat 500 Abarth sold out this year image

Yes, Fiat has stopped taking orders for the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth edition, after just one month after the first units arrived in US showrooms.

And while customers can still find a few in dealer inventories around the country, those who place orders now will be put on a waiting list for the 2013 model, which is expected to ship this fall.

“I put my deposit down back in March and I found out today that I’m being bumped to the 2013 build batch and now have to wait until mid-September,” wrote one disappointed customer on an enthusiast website.

The company increased the production capacity to 3,000 units, which, according to the DetNews, is the upper limit for the Fiat plant in Toluca, Mexico.
The Fiat 500 Abarth has a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, but turbocharging pumps horsepower up to 160, not bad for a 2,515-pound car.

The hot hatch is also getting the 16 inch alloy wheels, a turbocharger boost gauge with LED shift light, the Fiat Blue&Me Bluetooth connectivity, the Bose stereo with steering wheel audio controls and the racing harness pass through.

The transmission is still a five-speed manual — a six-speed would have been nice, and might have boosted mileage a bit from the EPA-rated 28 mpg city, 34 mpg highway. Regular gas is fine, but premium is preferred, as with many turbos.

The price: $22,700 is the base entry fee;