200 HP Abarth Venom

200 HP Abarth Venom

A few weeks ago in Las Vegas, at an event designed to preview the soon to be released Fiat 500 Abarth, Fiat revealed the Abarth Venom concept. Like Darth Vader’s TIE fighter, the Venom is black, compact, sleek, and mean looking. With a name like the Venom, it had to be vicious. While the Abarth Venom will likely never come off the production line, that does not mean that you cannot incorporate some of the weight saving and performance-enhancing features into your own Abarth.

The Venom owes its lightweight and power enhancements to Magneti Marelli, Fiat’s own part supplier, similar to Mopar for Chrysler in America. Magneti Marelli’s contributions to the Abarth Venom are extensive.

First, they reduced the weight of the car by approximately 200 pounds. They accomplished this feat by incorporating carbon fiber throughout the car and using new lightweight wheels in favor of the standard wheels. In the interior, the dashboard trim and seatbacks are made from the lightweight carbon fiber. On the exterior, the hood, fascia elements, and splitter are constructed of a more durable version of carbon fiber.

On the performance side, Mopar and Marelli managed to increase the Abarth’s horsepower by 25-percent, upping it from 160 to 200 HP. They accomplished this by adding an electronic boost controller and installing a dual-mode exhaust system that is reminiscent of the Record Monza system commonly seen in special edition Abarths like the Maserati and Ferrari Tributo.

Well as cool as a concept car is, the lingering question is will it make it into production? Well, the Abarth Venom as a production line model will not happen, but there is some hope that the parts used to make these modifications to the Abarth will find their way to an auto store near you. The parts will likely be branded as Mopar parts since Marelli is a Mopar supplier. There is no specific date for the release of these new parts, but none of the modifications seen on the Venom are out of the norm for Mopar or Marelli. They have introduced similar modifications to the market before.

Editor’s note: Magneti Morelli does sell an ECU tuning chip for Fiat 500 Abarth which will net you most of the power improvements from the Venom. See SR Auto Group’s Project Scorpione for another example of a modified abarth using MM parts.

Abarth lovers should hope that this accessories and modifications make it to the consumer market. As fun as the Abarth is to drive, an Abarth that is 200 lbs lighter and 200 HP would be even more fun.

Image source: Car and Driver.

  • Gregzito

    Hey Fiat! How about a “Venom” or “Esseesse” warranteed performance kit for the Abarth complete with badging? An extra 40 HP will steal A LOT of the JCW thunder. I have my check book out and am first in line.

    The Abarth buyers will buy a “kit” with a badge to slap on the back/side of their car in mass numbers. But performance bits and pieces will only sell to a very small segment. This is how Mini got it’s “S” buyers to spend twice as much on a JCW kit vs. doing the same them selves in the aftermarket.

    Like it or not Mini is your competitor. You already blew it with the lame on line configurator (2nd class, look at Mini’s!) and the girly ads for Fiat last year which happily you have made amends for. Lets see you know Mini down to the canvas by making the Abarth a contender in the JCW world.

    • Gregzito

      Heeeeeeeelooooo? Is this site dead? Am I the only one here?

      • http://www.simpixelated.com/ Jordan Kohl

        Sorry, I’ve been slacking. I promise more content is on the way!

    • http://www.simpixelated.com/ Jordan Kohl

      I don’t know if they’ll offer a “kit” with badges, but most of the parts that make up the extra 40HP will definitely be for sale through Mopar/Magneti Marelli.

      • Gregzito

        I’m first in line for 200HP! Just sold my Cayman S to buy the Abarth. As excited as I am to get the Fiat I cannot say I “prefer” the Abarth “over” the CS, but it’s putting some serious green stuff back in my pocket. I Need to narrow the peformance gap. Since the MM parts are to be marketed through Mopar I assume they will not affect the warranty which is a huge factor. But will they have to be installed at a Fiat dealer or can we do this ourselves? I enjoy this site and check it daily. What’s up with no posts since 3/31/12?

        • Oscar

          You know, I almost bought a Cayman S over the Abarth…..I’m glad I didn’t…..I love my Grigio Abarth … It is so freaking fast, fun and easy on my wallet…..I also want 200 bhp……so I’ll be 2nd in line…..

          • 500s are for girls

            Porsche or fiat and you chose fiat! Lol what an asshat

  • AGGROBERLIN

    These cars are cool, just dont have 22K laying around…maybe if my savings get better in three years!

  • Big PaPa

    DO IT! Sort of the same way that Ford Mustang does Roush and Saleen as a option that is not necessarily “Ford” but is a kit that you can purchase at the dealership and pick it up fully installed. I’ll wait a little longer to see if it happens before I order mine.

  • Rocky

    MINI
    looks much better than Fiat 500 and have more power especially the version JCW
    this one comes with 208 HP …… that’s that I have right now I never tried
    the Fiat 500 but I’m sure that the car is not more fun that the MINI…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690797892 Steph Curry

      dont know about that…Ive always thought the MINI was an ugly car….BUT beauty is in the eye of the behold they say. The Mini Roadster start at 36,400 at 3000lbs or so…Ive built up my Abarth to an equivalent level for only 32,000 at 2600lbs

    • alicia

      you pay thousands more for a mini plus where I live if I had a mini I would have to travel about 130 miles to go to sanfran to get work on my car… ya right! there are more fiat dealerships than mini so it is easier to take a fiat in than a mini plus keep in mind fiat makes Ferrari and Maserati as well. The fiat is actually bigger in space. My friend has a mini I drove it and it sucks for noise resistance the fiat is better at that even at speeds of 80. Fiats warranty is also better. fiat has more in its favor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690797892 Steph Curry

    Hey is Mopar going to release a chip upgrade for the Abarth…I heard they were but when is it suppose to be out? I’ll be buying one.

    • http://www.simpixelated.com/ Jordan Kohl

      No news on that front yet, but I’m sure we’ll get some other aftermarket options to fill the void.

  • Carlos DL

    I am about to buy one abarth. Have anyone driven one on highways with heavy wind on the side? Thank you, CDL

  • alicia

    I just hope the abarth comes in paddle shifters or their dual transmission for the 2014 models. I will not buy a car not knowing standard transmission.

  • Doc

    I used to Auto-X Fiats, 59 Fiat 600, 72 128 coupe and 67 850 spider. The 600 was a 903cc updated with Abarth and PBS equipment as well as 850 discs front and complete race suspension. Wicked fast, consistent top ten and a second place overall was my best finish racing Fiats. Kinda disappointed with the new 500 Abarth early on but with the upgrades I am considering buying in 2015. A warranty covering an upgraded Abarth would clinch the deal for me. Wish they came in bright Yellow. Red will do or a very good price on Gray one.