Fiat 500 vs Abarth Part 1: Body

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 starting a four part series of posts that will focus on the details of each aspect of the car: body, interior, handling, and powertrain. Since its the most obvious, I’ll start with the cosmetic (and functional) changes to the exterior or the body.

The Abarth features a low-ride suspension (a drop of .12 inches from the standard 500) which gives it a more road-hugging look. In addition, the car is actually longer from front to end (4.37 inches to be exact). This extra extra length helps to elongate the stance, causing the car to look a bit sportier and less round.

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All of that extra space is in the front and rear overhang, which house a new intercooler, turbocharger, and a revised rear bumper and exhaust.

That bigger front overhang also has an updated look. Here’s how explains the difference:

The front end makes a specific statement that the 500 Abarth is an out-and-out GT: the three-part pattern formed by the air intakes comprises a central intake that is larger than on the basic model, and an upper slot (above the number plates) that is also wider. The two symmetrical ‘nostrils’ on either side of the bumpers correspond exactly to the position of two corresponding intercoolers that can be seen through the openings and are there to ensure air is able to flow in and out.

In the back there are some some major differences to the styling:

A special bumper, aerodynamic extractor, twin exhaust terminal and tailgate spoiler that give it a sporting look but also excellent aerodynamic performance. A scorpion logo is printed above the silencer, just as on the historical Abarth exhausts.

Everything about the Abarth just looks more sporty and aggressive. This includes the new wheels which come in both 16 and 17 sizes.