Monthly Archives: July 2010

Fiat 500 vs Abarth Part 2: Interior

The differences between the Fiat 500 and its racing-inspired Abarth version are too many to list in a single post. So instead I’m continuing a five part series of posts that focus on the details of each aspect of the car: body, interior, handling, and powertrain. Today we’ll be focusing on the interior of the […]

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Abarth Speedster 500

The Fiat 500 isn’t even here yet, nor the Abarth version, but Fiat is already spreading rumors about an Abarth Speedster being in the works. Here’s the word from Inside Line: Abarth is also developing a coupe version of the 500 inspired by the tiny Zagato Abarth 750 of 1959. The caricature-like official artist’s impression […]

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Fiat 500 Abarth Reviews

While the Fiat 500 Abarth has yet to come to the USA, it has been available in Europe since 2008. This has given ample time for the car to gather glowing reviews. Although the US version will more than likely have some slight modifications, you can expect the car to be almost identical to the […]

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What is the Esseesse?

What is the Esseesse?

The Esseesse (Italian for SS) is an aftermarket kit available directly from Abarth that turns the Fiat 500 up to 11. While the European Abarth comes standard with 135 HP, the SS provides an upgraded ECU which boosts power to 160 HP. The kit also includes upgraded suspension, brakes, and wheels. Here’s the description from […]

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Why do I want a Fiat 500 Abarth?

My futurewife calls it a “fast clown car”. My mother was very surprised I would want something so “much rounder than my 300ZX“. While I can’t argue with the lack of a standard sports car profile on the Fiat 500, there’s just something about it that excites me. I’ll admit that the base model is […]

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Will you buy the 500 or wait for the Abarth?

Will you buy the 500 or wait for the Abarth?

Its a tough question, because it will hard waiting another year or more for the Fiat 500 Abarth to show up in the US. If demand is low, they could delay or even cancel their plans to bring it and the electric version as they have previously announced. I will definitely be taking the Fiat […]

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Before Buyers, Fiat Has to Sell to Dealers

Although I was grateful to my parents for loaning me a free car through most of college, I have to say I was never exactly proud of the make and model. It was a 2001, gold Plymouth Breeze. While it had some major problems, it served me well enough. But if it wasn’t for the […]

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Fiat 500 Abarth Confirmed at Fiat Freak Out

Laura Soave, the CEO of Fiat North America, stopped by the annual Fiat Lancia Unlimited club convention (Fiat Freak Out) last weekend in Asheville, North Carolina to help promote the brand face to face with enthusiasts. Among other announcements, Soave said that for the Fiat 500 Abarth US version, “she could have had just the […]

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Resources for the Fiat USA Debut

While Fiat has been around as a company since 1899, and the first Fiat was exported to the US in 1908, it hasn’t sold cars in the USA since the 1980s. So their foray into American soil with the Fiat 500 later this year will be the first time an internet enthusiast community will be […]

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2010 Fiat Freak Out

The only North American FIAT convention (that I know of) is officially underway this weekend! The 2010 Fiat Freak Out began today and Fiat USA has already posted an album of photos for you to check out on their Facebook page. The event is actually the 27th Annual National Convention of the club Fiat-Lancia Unlimited, […]

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