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2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Gets Tech Updates, Still A Cool Little Hot Hatch

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It’s been a little over two years since we ripped around Spring Mountain in the Fiat 500 Abarth, but it still holds a special place in the hot-hatch-loving cockles of our hearts. For the 2015 model year, the bite-sized Scorpion gets a handful of tech updates, which can only make it better.

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Headlining the new tech is a 7-inch high-resolution TFT display in the driver’s instrument pod, which can display a multitude of relevant data, including a backup camera display on Rear Park Assist-equipped vehicles as well as the full gamut of gauge and trip data. In Sport mode, the TFT display changes to a more aggressive look. The new 7-inch screen is standard on Abarth models, as well as the non-Abarth Sport, Lounge, and Turbo variants of the 500—only the Pop makes it optional.

Another new feature: Bluetooth streaming audio, added to the existing Bluetooth phone connectivity. A redesigned center console with a new cup holder design and an extra USB port are also part of the 2015 package.

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For those who like to personalize their cars a bit, three new paint colors are also available on the 500 Abarth: Giallo Moderna Perla (a pearl yellow color); Billet Argento (silver); and Laser Blu.

On the mechanical front, 2015 Fiat 500s, including the Abarth and Abarth Cabrio, can be fitted with an optional six-speed automatic transmission—though we’d really recommend the row-your-own gearbox if you’re looking to get the most out of the Abarth’s sporty demeanor.

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