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 has to be installed by an approved Abarth technician).
Ever since the Abarth has been announced for the US, people have been asking and hoping for the SS kit to be available stateside. Well, the latest rumor, supposedly from a Fiat engineer, seems to confirm that it will be an option. All we have, is word that a “tuner option” will boost power by 40 HP, from 160 to 200. That jump seems like a lot, so take it as a rumor for now, but anything that bumps the power higher than 160 will be a welcome addition. The power boost from the SS kit in Europe is much less than that, but it is also a slightly different engine tune to start with.
The European Abarth starts with 135 hp and via an ECU tune and new intake, horsepower is boosted to 160. This is an increase of 25 HP or roughly 18%. The rumored “tuner option” for the US would be a boost of 40 HP, or roughly 25%.
While the increased horsepower is very exciting, it remains to be seen what the option even includes, such as the suspension and brake upgrades seen in the SS kit, and how much it will cost. Converting from pounds, it would be $4,000 for the original SS kit, but I imagine with the increased power this one could easily be pushing $5,000.