In 2009, Abarth debuted the fastest, road legal Fiat 500 ever, the 695 Tributo Ferrari in Frankfurt. For the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 64th of the international event, Abarth will be debuting three new special edition cars: the Abarth 500 Cabrio Italia, the Abarth Punto Super Sport, and the Abarth 695 Competizione. Thanks to strong sales, Abarth has been successful since the relaunch of their brand with the Fiat 500 Abarth and it seems they are looking to celebrate that success:
The Frankfurt International Motor Show is also an opportunity to take a look at the two pillars of the Abarth business model: roadgoing cars and the world of racing. During 2011 more than 6,400 cars have already been sold (Abarth 500 saloon and convertible and Abarth Punto). Together with the already mentioned results of the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari, these figures contribute to confirming the good results the brand has recorded between its relaunch and today. Suffice it to say that since 2008 the brand has enjoyed continual growth, as evidenced by sales of nearly 36,000 Abarth Grande Punto and Abarth 500 vehicles sold, in addition to approximately 9000 performance kits designed for the two models.
Enough with the marketing, let’s take a more detailed look at these exciting cars:
Abarth 500 “Cabrio Italia”
Probably the most striking feature of this special edition 500c is the Blu Abu Dhabi livery, a tribute to the 150 year anniversary of Italian unification. The electric convertible top is black and the car also features black tinted rear windows. Powering the car is a 1.4 liter Turbo T-Jet engine, delivering 160 horsepower!
Another exciting feature is the custom interior, with sport seats wrapped in natural leather and carbon fiber, with an embossed “Abarth” on the headrest and the scorpion logo on the adjusting knob.
these seats offer a perfect blend of racing characteristics – light weight (10 kg less than the standard seat) and the ability to restrain the body against lateral and longitudinal forces, thanks to body support strip elements filled with mono-layer padding – with the ergonomics and comfort of road seats.
The rest of the interior is filled with lots of brushed aluminum, more carbon fiber, a leather steering wheel, and of course more Abarth graphics.
The car is completed with 17″, 10-spoke “diamond” rims, with yellow Brembo front calipers tucked behind.
Click here for more information, photos, and a video of the Cabrio Italia.
Abarth Punto “SuperSport”
This special edition Punto features a two-tone paint scheme with a base of silver metallic with matte black racing stripes, side graphics, and mirrors. The 18″ rims are also matte black, with a red Abarth center cap and red brake calipers.
The engine powering the SuperSport is a 180 hp 1.4 liter Multiair engine (could this be the same Multiair that powers the US 500 Abarth?), which allows the car to go from 0-62 in just 7.5 seconds and reach a top speed of over 134 mph.
Abarth has also happily included many improvements from the “Esseesse” kit:
Further contributions to performance come from the modified suspension and safety (some of the features of the “Esseesse Abarth Koni” kit), as well as the adoption of floating, perforated and self-ventilated front disc brakes with oversized four-piston red brake calipers, perforated rear disc brakes, high performance front brake pads, front and rear Koni shock absorbers with FSD (Frequency Selective Dumping) valve and specially lowered springs. The exhaust pipe oversized in the centre segment is also taken from the “Esseesse” kit.
Inside, the car is similarly decked out as the Cabrio Italia, but with a black, red, and yellow color scheme:
Inside, this special Abarth Punto supersport features “Abarth Corsa by Sabelt” black leather seats, with red and yellow stitchings and gloss black backrest (homologated and lightened in keeping with the car’s racing spirit) and an Abarth Blue&MeTM MAP satellite navigation unit with a telemetric function developed in conjunction with Magneti Marelli. Enriching the interiors are the laser-treated aluminium kick plate with special “supersport” graphics, the stainless steel pedals with Abarth brand, and the leather steering wheel with double red and yellow stitching, just like the seats and the sporty Jaeger driving instruments.
Abarth 695 Competizione
Inspired by the Abarth 500 Assetto Corsa, the 695 Competizione is essentially a street legal race car, similar to the Porsche GT3. The back seats have been replaced with a roll bar, the turbo engine puts out 180 HP, it uses a special racing gearbox, and of course is equipped with Brembo brakes.
Like a real racing car, this is a two seater in which the rear seats are replaced by a roll bar the same Grigio Competizione Opaco shade as the bodywork. In this way the car acquires additional sporting character because the roll bar decreases its weight, making it even better performing. The space left empty by the seats sports a trim reminiscent of the almond of the racing cars, which continues into the boot.
Black leather, red stitching, aluminum, and carbon fiber fill the the rest of the cabin.
The Abarth 695 Competizione has “Abarth Corsa by Sabelt” seats in black leather with Alcantara® red inserts and a carbon fibre shell and seat base. Red stitchings, “695” logo and “competizione” graphics respectively embroidered on the headrest and backrest further enrich the seats. The black leather steering wheel is characterised by a tricolour hub and red inserts, and is fitted with 5-speed “Abarth Competizione” gearshift paddles, while the instrument panel is specially made by Jaeger. The carbon dashboard contains the Abarth Blue&MeTM MAP satellite navigation unit with a telemetric function developed in conjunction with Magneti Marelli and, on the central console, the chrome plate with sequential numbering to demonstrate the exclusivity of the Limited Edition version. Attention to detail has also been given to the racing pedals, which are personalised with the Scorpion logo. Finally, the interior is also embellished with the carbon running board with “695 Competizione” graphics in a satin aluminium finish.
This 695 Competizione also comes equipped with Xenon headlights, 17″ rims, and a “Record Monza” exhaust, “designed to improve engine performance and sound over 3,000 rpm”.
Click here for more information, photos, and video of the 695 Competizione.
Good luck getting your hands on any of these special edition cars, as they will be produced in extremely low quantities. But, they hint at features and options that we can hope to see available on the Fiat 500 Abarth when it becomes available in the US next year!
Update: apparently, at least the 695 Competizione will be sold in the United States.
If you were one of the lucky few able to get one of these models, which one would you choose?
All photos and information from the official Abarth press release.