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Complete Fiat 500 Abarth ECU Tuning Guide

Complete Fiat 500 Abarth ECU Tuning Guide

What is ECU tuning? How does it work, what does it do? ECU tuning is tweaking the computer that controls your engine to increase performance. In most cars, this involves “flashing” or reprograming the ECU software, but with the Fiat 500 Abarth the most common application is a “piggyback” module which is a piece of […]

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Pogea Racing Unlocks Euro Abarth ECU

Pogea Racing Unlocks Euro Abarth ECU

The performance-oriented Abarth already gets a ton of media attention for being such a little firecracker, but many owners still want to put their own spin on the ride. Individuality is big in the tuner segment. People always want to show off something that stands out a bit more than the rest. If you’re looking […]

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Fiat 500 Abarth ECU Tuning

Fiat 500 Abarth ECU Tuning

Read the updated 2014 guide to Fiat 500 Abarth ECU Tuning! An engine’s tuning has a tremendous amount to do with its overall performance. Alternate tuning and aftermarket add-ons can expand the horsepower of an engine and substantially increase the engine’s power. Even high-performing cars that already exhibit a considerable amount strength and torque can […]

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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 […]

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2012 Fiat 500 Abarth Specifications (Full)

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth Specifications (Full)

Below is the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth official specifications. All information is taken from the official Abarth brochure and specifications sheet. Engine 1.4L 16v MultiAir® Turbo engine Abarth® induction and dual exhaust system Driveline 5-speed manual transmission Equal-length halfshafts Steering and Suspension 2-Mode Electric Power Steering (EPS) 15-mm lowered sports suspension Front – MacPherson design […]

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The Most Bang for Your Buck

The Most Bang for Your Buck

One of the phrases that gets thrown around a lot in automotive reviews is “bang for your buck”. Although I doubt Fiat will be using it in their upcoming marketing, the hot hatch segment has always been about combining performance and practicality, which often translates to a lot of bang for your buck. So what […]

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Best Car Under $30,000 (Used or New)

For those looking to buy a new-to-me (used) car, there are a lot of exciting models to choose from under $30k. I’ve been looking into buying a new car (when am I not?) and with the Abarth still months away, some other cars have come onto my radar. Namely the 370Z, the Evo X, and […]

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Fiat 500 vs. Abarth Part 4: Powertrain

Fiat 500 vs. Abarth Part 4: Powertrain

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 four part series of posts that focus on the details of each aspect of the car: body, interior, handling, and powertrain. Now that Fiat has unveiled the American version of the Fiat […]

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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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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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