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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

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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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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

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 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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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

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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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Fiat’s performance division, Abarth, is definitely riding high in terms of popularity, as its upgraded versions for the 500 city car, as well as for the Punto, are selling like hot cakes.

This has prompted Antonino Labate, the company’s sales and marketing boss, to say that a dedicated Abarth coupe will arrive in the next two years.

Until then though, Abarth won’t sit idly. Instead, the company will be launching even more hardcore Esseesse versions for the Punto Evo Abarth and the Abarth 500C, which will arrive this November in Europe.

The Punto Evo’s MultiAir engine will see its output raised even further, to over 180 HP. Stiffer suspension plus a tuned braking system will also be added to the Esseesse.

The Abarth 500C Esseesse will see the output from the turbocharged 1.4-liter, currently at 137 HP, raised to around 157 HP, just liked in the regular Abarth 500 Esseesse. The faster, five-speed MTA automatic gearbox will also be added.

Most importantly though is the fact that Abarth might soon start making performance packages for Alfa Romeo models. The new MiTo or Giulietta are excluded, however, due to the already powerful Cloverleaf editions. Seeing as how Alfa Romeo models are heading to the USA in the future, Abarth performance options might not be a bad thing.


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Among Fiat’s biggest bets from the last few years was the resurrection of its performance division, Abarth. Luckily for the Italian company, it proved a worthy investment, as Abarth-tuned 500 or Punto versions are selling like hot cakes.

Now, seeing as how the division has proven itself, it seems that a dedicated sportscar might appear in the near future. According to the head of sales and marketing, Antonino Labate, this new model, which will act as a halo car for the rest of the range, will be built completely in house.

This goes against previous rumors about the performance Abarth model, which hinted at a possible collaboration between the Italian company and Lotus, with the British brand lending its Elise chassis. These rumors led to the sketch above, showcasing the Abarth SS Concept by IDE.

Still, the future Abarth sports coupe will follow the same philosophy as the Elise, with a rumored output of 240 HP and a curb weight of around 2,000 pounds (900 kg). Expect the car to arrive in the next couple of years, according to Labate.


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The Geneva Motor Show will be a host to quite a lot of powerful models, among which you can count two more pocket rockets, coming from Fiat’s performance division, Abarth.

After modifying the extremely popular Fiat 500, and getting even more fans for the small Italian coupe, according to some reports Abarth is preparing to unveiled an upgraded take on the 500C edition, which boasts a convertible canvas top. No official details were given, but you can expect to see a much more aggressive model, with the turbocharged 1.4-liter that is included in the regular Abarth 500 (pictured above).

There are also some good news for Fiat Punto Evo fans, as the slightly larger hatchback will also see an Abarth performance edition, which might bring the new 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged unit, good for around 170 HP, under its hood, as well as a few more enhancements.

Overall, if you have a fancy for small Italian performance models, you’ll need to get to Geneva at the beginning of March. No word yet if the Abarth 500 Convertible will also reach US shores alongside its coupe variant, but if it will be successful, it’s a big possibility.


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Fiat definitely has quite a few brands to take care of, but a recent move in its corporate structure has generated a big rumor, according to which the Italian company is planning to merge Alfa Romeo, Abarth and Maserati under one single, sports-orientated sub-brand.

This rumor started when Abarth and Maserati CEO Harald Wester was also named the new boss over Alfa Romeo, and will try to improve the brand which hasn’t been doing so well in recent times, and make sure the launch of the new Giulietta hatchback goes off as smoothly as possible.

Frankly, I don’t believe such a move will actually happen, as Abarth is quite busy marketing popular versions of Fiat models, while Maserati is providing a classy alternative for those not in the market for a Ferrari. Hopefully Alfa will improve under Wester and become popular once more.

What do you believe? Share your thoughts below.


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It’s been a few months since Fiat introduced the latest facelift to its Punto hatchback, now called the Punto Evo, and it was quite clear that the company’s performance division, Abarth, would try to implement its own modifications to the recipe.

Now, new details and a picture have arrived, showing the newest hot hatch coming from Italy. The Abarth Punto Evo will use the 1.4-liter MultiAir engine, which will generate 170 HP in the regular performance model and around 200 HP in the high end Esseesse variant.

The new hatchback will also house, as a first, Fiat’s new dual-clutch gearbox. Its rear lights will also receive a LED treatment, in order to enhance the overall appearance.

Other details weren’t given, but we can expect the Abarth Punto Evo to appear this February in Italy for around €19,000 ($27,295).


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If there’s one thing the Fiat 500 can’t get enough of, it’s limited editions. From Fiat’s tuning group Abarth to various other companies or even dealer networks, everyone has taken a shot at creating an “exclusive Fiat 500″, making those who bought a standard one feel quite left out.

The newest effort comes from Neubauer, which has revealed a limited edition of the Abarth 500 model, which boasts quite a few interesting touches. The first to stand out is the special gray finish, which comes from Maserati, the new Abarth Record Monza exhaust system which adds five more horses to the overall output, a couple of Sabelt Abarth Corsa sport seats, tinted windows and a special GPS from Abarth which supports Blue&Me technology.

If this model has you captured your interest, only 10 will be made, with the price still not disclosed.


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The Fiat 500 has certainly captured the world by storm, being the city car to own for many trend setters, largely due to the rich customization options with which you can adorn your tiny vehicle. Fiat’s tuning division, Abarth, has also used the same mindset and introduced quite a lot of special editions of the Fiat 500.

The latest one is the new Abarth 500 R3T, which is very special, as it is a rally-spec one. It will be entered in the 51st edition of the Sanremo rally in 2010 and in two other special rallies organized by Fiat and Abarth, in order to promote it.

Just in case you were wondering, this will be one seriously potent pocket rocket, with a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine which will develop almost 180 HP at 5,500 rpm. Coupled with the sequential 6-gear dual-clutch transmission, it will leave other competitors in the R3T rally group eating its dust.

But besides the engine, new adjustable suspensions which can lower or crank up the height of the car have been fitted, as well as 17-inch OZ rims hiding a performance braking system. In order to comply with safety regulations, a roll cage has been incorporated in the body, as well as special racing seats with 6-point safety belts.

Either way, this new Fiat 500 rally-spec model is certainly stunning to look at. Let’s hope that it will handle itself on the track next year.


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To mark Karl Abarth’s centenary, Fiat has announced a limited edition of the Abarth 500, the “DA 0 A 100″. With 101 units scheduled to be built, the special edition is powered by a 1.4 Turbo T-Jet engine that delivers 160 bhp (118 kW) at 5750 rpm, and peak torque of 230 Nm at 3000 rpm. By modifying the gear ratios and adding an IHI RHF3 fixed geometry turboblower, the car goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 km/h (131 mph). Other mechanical upgrades include perforated disc brakes, high performance front brake pads, special air filter “powered by BMC”, special low springs and new 17″ alloy wheels with chrome-plated hub covers and Scorpion logo.

The “DA 0 A 100″ comes in a Nuvolari Grey paint finish, with Abarth stripe on the sides and tone-on-tone effect, plus chrome plated badges on the pillar and wing mirror cases. On the interior, the car received hide colored leather seats with silver stichting, aluminium for the gear lever knob, the kick plate branded “da 0 a 100″ and the special “da 0 a 100″ plate with the number of the car. Check out one more photo of the car after the jump. (more…)

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