Monthly Archives: November 2011

Fiat 500 Abarth in Forza 4

Fiat 500 Abarth in Forza 4

Although you can’t drive an Abarth in the USA yet, you can drive one in Forza 4 on the Xbox 360. If you’re a fan of racing games, then you should be familiar with the Forza Motorsport series. It is the Xbox equivalent of Gran Turismo and the most recent game in the series was […]

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Driving Scenes

Would you like to spend 6 minutes listening to the Abarth engine and exhaust, watching it slide around in a parking lot, and see the interior up close? Oh did I mention no annoying music or announcers? If that sounds good, well then I have the video for you.

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Abarth Superbowl “Seduction” Commercial

Abarth Superbowl “Seduction” Commercial

Although many would call the Jennifer Lopez campaign for the Fiat 500 “annoying”, Fiat seems to have started off on the right foot with the Abarth marketing. Their “Seduction” commercial is about a man lusting after an Abarth, to the point of imagining her as angry Italian woman. The model/actress is actually Romanian and her […]

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Where is the 6th Gear? No Automatic Either

Where is the 6th Gear? No Automatic Either

Despite the Abarth mostly meeting expectations for power and interior quality, many are balking at the 5-speed manual transmission being the only option. Unfortunately, with “just” 14 months (short in manufacturing time) to convert the car to U.S. safety and market standards, they were forced to rely on a single solution that worked. My initial […]

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2012 Abarth First Reactions

2012 Abarth First Reactions

Now that the North American Fiat 500 Abarth has been unveiled, all the major news sources have been able to give their unique spin on it. I’ve compiled a list of the best reactions from the press. There’s plenty of talk of attitude, horsepower, price, and new competition for the Mini Cooper S. Aesthetically, the […]

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Carlo Abarth

Carlo Abarth

The Abarth in Fiat 500 Abarth is much more than just a performance division of Fiat. Similar to famous car companies such as Porsche, Ferrari, and Ford, Abarth is named after its founder: Carlo Abarth. Born Karl Alberto Abarth on November 15, 1908 in Vienna, Austria, he turned an early fascination with motorcycles and racing into […]

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2012 Fiat 500 Abarth Official Specs

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth Official Specs

The official specs for the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth have been released by Fiat. As was previously speculated, the 1.4-liter MultiAir® Turbo engine will feature 160 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque! Compared with the Fiat 500’s natural-aspirated 1.4-liter MultiAir engine, the boost to an estimated 160 horsepower on the new 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth […]

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Countdown to the Abarth Launch

Countdown to the Abarth Launch

Update: the Abarth will be unveiled tomorrow! Refresh this page at 4:35pm (EST) to watch it live! We’re less than a month away from the official announcement of the Abarth Fiat 500 for the USA. It will be unveiled on November 16th at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Fiat has added an Abarth section to […]

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An American SS Kit?

An American SS Kit?

If you know anything about the European Abarth, you’ve probably heard of the Esseesse (SS) kit. It is essentially a stage one upgrade kit, with a combination of suspension, brake, wheel, and engine upgrades. The main difference between this and an aftermarket tuner kit, is that the SS comes straight from Abarth (and in fact […]

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