Fiat Abarth 500 Gulf – Italian Autos mini 2011: This here is the actual, factual Fiat Abarth 500 Gulf Limited Edition special in the flesh, photographed at the Autopolis Fiat dealership in Luxembourg. We say this because yesterday, we reported on the limited run special and Fiat’s photoshoped picture that made the internet rounds.
While our friends from Auto55 and Autofans verified the story with the official press release, we were left wondering what the Italian mini with the classic racing-livery would look like in real life.
Today, our pondering came to an end as the Marketing and Communications director of Autopolis Luxembourg dropped the first real life shots of the car in our mailbox. We believe Fiat should have released these photos instead of the ‘chop from the beginning, but we’ll give them props for keeping a close eye on the web-o-sphere and swiftly reacting to our post.
As for the car itself, it was created by the Italian brand’s official importer for Luxembourg, Autopolis, in association with Gulf Petroleum, to celebrate the latter’s 10th anniversary in the country.
Only ten examples of the Fiat Abarth 500 Gulf Limited Edition will be built, each priced at €25,000 (not including VAT) a piece, which is about US$34,000. Aside from the iconic Gulf Racing livery, the special edition 500s also get the ‘esseesse’ performance kit that pushes the 1.4-liter turbo engine’s output to 160-ponies, a Monza sport exhaust and Corse-Sabelt racing buckets with the seatbacks finished in Gulf-blue.