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Bologna Motor Show – three Abarth 500 models

With the occasion of this year’s edition of the Bologna Motor Show, Abarth brought three new versions of the Fiat 500: 595 Turismo, 595 Competizione and 695 Assetto Corse.

The Abarth 595 is available in both Turismo and Competizione versions – with the former offering more comfort and style, while the latter is targeted to performance enthusiasts. Both cars are motivated by a 1.4-liter engine that churns 158 hp and a peak torque of 170 lb.-ft, good enough for a 0-62 mph sprint in 7.4 seconds.

This power unit features and over-boost function that can modulate the amount of available turbo boost and it’s activated through a sport button located on the steering wheel. Both cars also feature the Torque Transfer Control system that can improve the transfer of torque to the driven wheels.

These two cars come with aluminum finished pedals, a leather steering wheel, aluminum gearbox trim surround and kick plate. The Turismo version features an automated manual transmission, while the Competizione adopts a 5-speed manual gearbox. Both cars ride on 17-inch titanium-colored alloys that have Brembo brake calipers painted in yellow.

There are two customization kits available for the 595 Turismo and the 595 Competizione. The first one brings perforated self-ventilated front & rear brakes, while the second package brings adjustable shock absorbers as well as shorter springs for lowering the car’s ride height.

Abarth also unveiled the 695 Assetto Corse which offers 202 hp, making it the hottest version of the Fiat 500. Although it is road legal, the car has been developed for track use and brings a FIA-spec safety kit (with a roll-bar), and the engine is linked to a sequential gearbox.

Source: Fiat via Autocar

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2012 U.S.-spec Fiat 500 Abarth debuts at L.A. Auto Show

2012 U.S.-spec Fiat 500 Abarth

This week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Italian automaker Fiat has introduced the Abarth version of the 500 model. The bad news is that they didn’t share official details about the output of the 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged engine.

2012 U.S.-spec Fiat 500 Abarth

According to various rumors, the engine will be a little bit more powerful than its European sibling, and it is expected to develop 160 hp (162 PS / 119 kW) and a peak torque of 170 lb.-ft (230 Nm) which is a little bit more than the 138 hp (140 PS / 103 kW) and 152 lb.-ft (206 Nm) of the Euro-spec 500 Abarth.

2012 U.S.-spec Fiat 500 Abarth

The 2012 U.S.-spec Fiat 500 Abarth rides on 16-inch alloys (optional 17-inchers) and features a body kit that improves the car’s aerodynamics.

2012 U.S.-spec Fiat 500 Abarth

The car is scheduled to arrive in U.S. dealerships in the beginning of next year.

Source: Fiat

Abarth working on a hotter Fiat Panda

Abarth Panda (rendering)

According to our colleagues from Auto Express.co.uk, Abarth is currently working on a hotter version of the Fiat Panda which will be powered by a 2-cylinder 875cc turbo TwinAir engine that will develop at least 110 hp which should be just about enough for a 0-62 mph sprint in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 110 mph. Fuel consumption will remain at 60 mpg UK and this new engine will also be installed on the Panda 4×4 version.

The Abarth Panda will probably reach the showrooms sometime in 2013 and it will be the first car tuned by Abarth that will have this engine. Even though there are no official details regarding the price tag of the new model, the cheapest version will probably cost somewhere around 15,000 pounds.

Expect to see an extensive bodykit and Abarth’s traditional white & red paint scheme, plus bigger spoilers and wings. Other than that, it should ride on 16-inch alloys and will probably feature color-coded bodywork. Needless to say, the hot version of the Panda will get a lowered and stiffer suspension along with beefier brakes.

Inside the cabin, the car will feature bucket seats, a short-throw gearlever and a sports steering wheel. The options list will include 17-inch alloys and a louder exhaust system.

Auto Express mentioned that also in the works is the Abarth Panda Esseesse, which as you probably know is the name that Abarth uses for its most powerful cars.

Source: Auto Express

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth heading to Los Angeles Auto Show

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

On November 18th at the L.A. Auto Show, Fiat will unveil the hot Abarth version of the 500 model.  This is the third model in the lineup, after the standard 3-door hatchback and the 500C rolling soft top version.

According to the Italian automaker, the car will be motivated by a new 4-cylinder MultiAir turbocharger 1.4-liter engine but they didn’t mention the output. As a reminder, the European version of the car has a turbocharged 1.4-liter that develops 140 and a peak torque of 206 Nm in the standard configuration. With the Essesse package, the power unit churns 160 hp and 230 Nm.

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

The U.S.-spec 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth will come with a more powerful braking system, a stiffer suspension, bespoke alloys, twin tail pipes, along with a new aero package that includes side skirts, a roof wing, a front bumper and a rear diffuser.

Expect more details about the car at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.

Source: Fiat via Carscoop

Romeo Ferraris Cinquone Stradale Hits The Streets

Romeo Ferraris Cinquone Stradale

The Italian tuning company Romeo Ferraris has developed a street legal version of the Abarth 500 Cinque Modigliani race car and they unveiled it at the Autodromo Vallelunga. It has just about the same body as the race version, featuring a new hood that has generous dual air scoops, along with a front bumper that sports a large central air intake, a rear bumper which has a central mounted exhaust and diffuser, plus integrated wide body skirts and fenders.

Romeo Ferraris Cinquone Stradale

The car is motivated by the same 1.4-liter Fiat turbo engine which you’ll find in the standard 500 but it comes with a brand new exhaust system that has a metal catalytic converter, a bigger turbo and a remapped ECU. Thanks to all of these upgrades, the power unit develops 300 PS, which is only 60 PS less than the race version of the car.

Romeo Ferraris Cinquone Stradale

As for the cabin, a roll bar has been installed where the rear seat bench was, while the dash pad is now covered in suede. It features carbon fiber seats that have OMP four-point seat harnesses. The car now weighs a little over 2,205 lbs (1,000 kg), compared to the race version which tips the scale at 1,984 lbs (900 kg).

Romeo Ferraris Cinquone Stradale

We’ll keep you posted once they release the details regarding the performances of the car. Stay tuned.

Source: Romeo Ferraris via WCF

My Favorite Fiat 500 – The Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari”

Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari”

The other day I was lucky enough to see on the city’s streets a gorgeous Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari”, based on the funky Fiat 500. Out of all the special editions and tuning programs that have been launched so far for the Italian city car, this is by far my favorite and I doubt that a more impressive one will be launched until the next generation arrives.

Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari”

If you are still waiting to see a city car from Ferrari, the closest you’ll ever be is with this one. The car was unveiled two years ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show and it is motivated by a 16 valve, 4-cylinder 1.4-liter turbo engine that has been tuned by Abarth’s and Ferrari’s engineers in order to unleash more than 180 hp. Changing the gears of this fast city car is done by using the paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari”

Some of the car’s other goodies include a variable exhaust system, 17-inch alloys, a sport-tuned suspension and impressive Brembo brake discs that measure 284 mm. The paint scheme of the car is just exquisite. Dubbed “Scuderia Red” with Grey stripes, it really looks a lot like the one on the Ferrari 430 Scuderia.

Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari”

Oh, and we almost forgot the important figures of the car, it does the 0-62 mph sprint in 7 seconds and manages to hit a top speed of 140 mph, pretty impressive for a downsized Ferrari.

Three Abarth Fiats Heading To Frankfurt Motor Show

Abarth 500 Cabrio Italia

Next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show will get to see three new special editions from Abarth: 500 Cabrio Italia, 695 Competizione and the Punto SuperSport. All of them are going to feature “Abarth Corsa by Sabelt” sport seats wrapped around in leather upholstery.

The Abarth 500 Cabrio Italia will celebrate once again 150th years since the unification of Italy and is based on the 500C model. The car will be motivated by a 1.4-liter Turbo T-jet engine that churns 158 hp (160 PS / 118 kW) and a peak torque of 170 lb.-ft (230 Nm). It will be able to do the 0-62 mph in only 7.4 seconds, en route to a top speed of 130 mph (211 km/h). It will feature a chrome plate with a satin-effect badge, along with carbon fiber touches and natural leather on the inside.

Abarth 695 Competizione

As far as the Abarth 695 Competizione is concerned, it will be powered by a 1.4-liter Turbo T-Jet engine that produces 178 hp (180 PS / 132 kW) and a peak torque of 199 lb.-ft (270 Nm), mated to a 5-speed sequential gearbox Abarth Competizione. On the outside it will have a competition gray finish while the interior cabin features lots of 695 Competizione logos and red stitching.

Abarth Punto SuperSport

Last but not least, the Abarth Punto SuperSport will get the same 178 hp engine which will allow the car to reach a top speed of 133 mph (216 km/h), while the 0-62 mph sprint is done in 7.5 seconds.

Source: Abarth via WCF

CarTech Fiat 500 Abarth Coppa Revealed

CarTech Fiat 500 Abarth Coppa

You’ve probably seen dozens of tuning programs for the Fiat 500 and now you can add another one to the list. The German tuners over at CarTech took the Abarth version of the 500 and gave it a little bit more oomph. By modifying the power unit with bigger turbochargers, they’ve increased the output of the engine to 240 hp and a peak torque of 380 Nm. To get this impressive hp figure, they also optimized the air intakes, updated the intercooler and installed a titanium steel exhaust system that benefits from Race mode in order to produce more noise.

CarTech Fiat 500 Abarth Coppa

With these upgrades under the hood, the CarTech Fiat 500 Abarth Coppa is able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in only 5.9 seconds and completes a lap of the Hockenheim Ring in only one minute and 16 seconds, which is a whopping 6 seconds faster than the standard Abarth version of the Fiat 500.

CarTech Fiat 500 Abarth Coppa

Aside from these upgrades, CarTech also installed a lightweight bodykit that sports a huge air splitter and a wing, along with a vented hood, bigger tailpipes as well as a few tweaks in the suspension and chassis department in order to improve the handling of this pocket rocket. Remember, all that power is sent to the front wheels so better handling was certainly necessary.

Source: CarTech via Motor Ward

Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari Heading To Goodwood

Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari

The Italian tuner Abarth will be participating at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the second year in a row and for this occasion they will bring this 695 Tributo Ferrari, based on the tiny Fiat 500. The car is powered by a 4-cylinder 1.4-liter engine that produces 180 PS @ 5,500 rpm and has a peak torque of 250 Nm which is available at 3,000 rpm.

Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari

With this power under its hood, the car can do the 0-62 mph sprint in less than 7 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 140 mph (225 km/h). The fuel consumption for the 695 Tributo Ferrari is rated at 6.5 liters / 100 km.

Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari

Aside from this model, Abarth will also bring to Goodwood and the open-top 500C fitted with the manual transmission which up until now was available only with the “Competizione” paddle-shift semi-automatic gearbox. In addition, the tuner will also exhibit the Punto Evo esseesse.

Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari

Source: Abarth via Carscoop

Aznom Is Preparing A Mid-engined Abarth 500

Motore Centrale R230

There are plenty of tuning programs out there for the Fiat 500, including performance upgrades for the Abarth version. Another one is in the works and promises to be the most radical. Dubbed the “Motore Centrale R230”, it no longer has the engine in the front of the passenger compartment, but behind it, which means that it will be a mid-engined, rear-drive car, pretty close to the original 500 model, offering improved performance dynamics.

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Geneva Preview – IED Abarth Scorp-Ion Concept

IED Abarth Scorp-Ion Concept

Among the many new concepts set to be revealed this year at Geneva is the IED Abarth Scorp-Ion, which will be a 2-seater sportscar that will combine the company’s core values of compactness and performance with an eco-friendly electric powertrain.

This concept was created by the students of the Masters of Arts in Transportation Design – work experience at IED, based in Turin, Italy. Developed in collaboration with Abarth, the Scorpion concept targets exploring the essence of the brand, independently from the Fiat models.

The concept measures 4,010 mm in length, 1,905 mm in width and has a height of 1,192 mm. The Scorp-Ion has a wheelbase that measures 2,350 mm and combines a 2-seat layout with an electric powertrain that is powered by lithium-ion batteries that were installed behind the seats, under the load floor. In order to optimize the available interior space, the concept benefits from four in-heel electric motors.

The seven students that worked at the Scorp-Ion concept were by the senior designer of Pininfarina, Luca Borgogno and Maserati’s designer, Luigi Giampolo.

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Romeo Ferraris 500C Abarth

Romeo Ferraris 500C Abarth

In order to celebrate its 52th anniversary, Romeo Ferraris has decided to launch a special edition of the 500C Abarth. Dubbed Abarth 500C Anniversario, this tiny car comes with a performance upgrade that makes the engine produce 200 hp (203 PS / 149 kW) from the series’ 138 hp (140 PS / 103 kW). This extra power was obtained by remapping the ECU, installing a new turbine along with a new exhaust and a sport air filter.

Romeo Ferraris 500C Abarth

Romeo Ferraris also added new Brembo performance brakes, a mechanical limited-slip differential and a new suspension kit. The car now rolls on 8×17-inch wheels and has a two-tone chrome finish in a silver & red scheme.

Romeo Ferraris 500C Abarth

As far as the inside of the car is concerned, the red chrome trim is complemented by a black leather finish with diamond stitching.

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Fiat 500 Lineup Heading Stateside

Fiat 500 US-Spec

After launching the standard version of the Fiat 500 in the United States, the Italian automaker has decided to bring the sporty 500 Abarth along with the Cabrio and an EV version to complete the lineup. This announcement is a major step for Fiat as they are not only expanding their sales in North America, but also the manufacturing infrastructure.

Fiat 500 US-Spec

Just like the standard version, these new models will be assembled in Mexico unlike in the past when they shipped the cars from Italy to the US. The North American-spec models will be geared for the local consumer. The 1.4-liter Multi-Air engine of the standard 500 is built in the US, at a Chrysler plant located in Michigan.

The 500 Abarth and the 500C Abarth will have a 1.4-liter turbocharged power unit that produces 138 hp (140 PS / 103 kW) and 152 lb.-ft (206 Nm) of torque.

The price for the 500 Abarth will start from approximately $19,000.

We’ll let you know once we find out more about these three new Fiat 500s.

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Ferrari’s Alonso and Massa get a new Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari

Ferrari's Alonso and Massa get a new Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari

Right before the start of the Formula 1 Italian GP, held at the Monza circuit, Fiat’s performance division, Abarth, decided to award the drivers of the Ferrari F1 team with something a bit more special than a Maserati GranCabrio, for instance.

Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa both got a new Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari model.

While you may scoff at the thought of them driving a modified Fiat 500 when they’re more used with the monster F1 machines, bear in mind that the 695 has an upgraded 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, capable of 180 HP. The cars are also decorated, as you can see, in Scuderia Red with Racing grey stripes.

If you’d like a go in such a model, be prepared to pay around $47,000, as the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari wants to live up to its name and the exclusivity it demands.

Source: Abarth

Abarth preparing hardcore Fiat 500 Coupe version

A new rumor is coming fresh from Italy, concerning Fiat’s performance division, Abarth.

It seems that even though the brand has confirmed that it will manufacture a dedicated sportscar in two years time, it will also present a more hardcore coupe (speedster) version of the existing Fiat 500 city car.

The model is expected to hit before the dedicated sportscar, and, according to Autocar, will take cues from the 1959 Zagato Abarth 750 T model. As such, expect an elongated body, with a more aggressive design.

The British magazine also suggests that it will arrive in two versions, a hardtop and a convertible. Basically the Abarth 500 Coupe will act like a halo car for the rest of the 500 range.

Powerful engines are already rumored, like the 178 HP 1.4-liter T-Jet or the 178 HP 1.4-liter MultiAir, currently used by the Abarth Punto Evo.

Even though we don’t know a lot about this new version, knowing what Abarth is capable of, we’re extremely interested to find out more in the following months.


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