2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cavallino makes its North American debut

Cavallino Cars just unveiled a new aerodynamic package for the Fiat 500 Abarth, and will be producing a limited number of cars sold through select Fiat dealers across North America.

Michel Deslauriers

The 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cavallino Launch Edition will feature cosmetic upgrades destined to make the little Italian subcompact look even hotter. The hood gets an air intake port and a heat extractor vent, both painted satin black. A large and functional rear wing is fixed to the hatch with aluminum mounts, and features color-contrasting side blades. Side stripes and Cavallino badging are also added, and for an extra measure of exclusivity, each car boasts a numbered dash plaque. In addition, owners will receive a certificate of authenticity.

Other items can be selected as well, such as rally stripes, a functional front splitter, a front air dam with a larger opening to increase airflow to the intercooler, LED daytime running lights, interior ambiance lighting as well as custom floor mats and door sill plates.

 

For now, there are no mechanical changes to the car, which means the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cavallino retains the stock 160-hp, 1.4L turbo four, five-speed manual and sport-tuned suspension.

Cavallino Cars is a division of Advanced Composite Specialties (ACS), a Montreal-based company that provides composite components to manufacturers and sells aftermarket hoods for a variety of vehicles. ACS notably supplied the hood for the famed Ford GT supercar sold in 2005 and 2006.

The 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cavallino’s debut was held at Desmeules Fiat in Laval, Quebec, the first dealer in North America authorized to sell Cavallino Cars’ creations. At the event, Chrysler Canada took the opportunity to recognize the dealer as the #1 Fiat Studio in Canada. Led by President and General Manager Eric Corso, Desmeules Fiat’s staff sold more 500s than any other dealer across the country.

In fact, during the festivities, they even sold the very first Fiat 500 Abarth Cavallino Launch Edition, number 001, as a guest quickly snapped it up with a deposit. Only 100 copies of the Launch Edition will be produced and sold across North America.

While specific pricing has not been sorted out yet, the Cavallino package will add about 10% to the price of the 500 Abarth hatchback. So figure about $2,500 to $3,000 CDN. Cavallino Cars will also be offering various aerodynamic and cosmetic components to existing Fiat 500 owners.

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