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 car.
The Abarth features a race-inspired interior, including more useful gauges, tighter form-fitting seats, and more leather and aluminum than the base Fiat 500.
No turbocharged car would be complete without a boost gauge used to measure the turbo pressure. Abarth has added the new analogue instrument to the left of the standard speedometer and includes a “Gear Shift Indicator” which lights up via LED, “that prompts the driver to change gear at the opportune moment. It shows the best time to shift up or down for the greatest fuel economy in normal mode but press the Sport button and it turns its attention to maximizing performance.” (Yahoo! Cars UK)
All the pieces that you use to control the car, the parts that your hands and feet are in constant contact with, have been redone with higher quality materials that provide a more ergonomic feel. The steering wheel, wrapped in leather, is three-spoked and incorporates molded thumb grips and a flat base to increase passenger leg room and space for seat adjustment. The gear knob is also leather trimmed and has a more ergonomic form for good grip during aggressive shifting. The pedals have been switched out from the standard Fiat 500 to ones made out of aluminum with rubber inserts.
Another staple of sports car models, racing style seats, have been added to the Fiat 500 Abarth. Compared to the original seats, they have much larger bolsters in a wraparound configuration designed to hold the body tightly during corner. The seats can be trimmed in leather or two different types of cloth, in either black or red or a two-tone configuration.