Category: Abarth Specs

Fiat 500 Vs Abarth Part 3: Handling

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. When considering the difference between the handling of the Fiat […]

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Crunching the Performance Numbers

Crunching the Performance Numbers

With over 170 horsepower and weighing in at just over a ton, the Fiat 500 Abarth has the chance to outperform the Mini Cooper S in pure speed. Read the rest of the article for the full breakdown of numbers.

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The Best 500

The Best 500

One of the great benefits of capitalism is choice. As a result, just about every car model worth its salt comes with a bevy of options. I’m not just talking leather seats either. The base Fiat 500 comes in three versions: Pop, Sport, and Lounge. Now turn the Sport up a notch or two and […]

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Fiat 500 Abarth will get 170hp in the US!

Fiat 500 Abarth will get 170hp in the US!

Chrysler Media has released detailed information on two of the new engines they’re integrating into the 2010-2014 lineup, thanks to Fiat. We already know about the 100hp, 4 cylinder, 1.4 liter Multiair engine available in the base Fiat 500, but what’s truly exciting is the turbo version putting out a whopping 170hp (and 170 lb.-ft. […]

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Configure Your Own Abarth!

While I was browsing the Abarth website, I stumbled upon the awesome Abarth Car Configurator, which lets you spec out a Fiat 500 Abarth in your choice of paint, interior color, rims, stickers, etc. I ended up making a black 500 with the Abarth red stripe and mirrors, Titanium alloy wheels, and black leather seats. […]

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Fiat 500 vs Abarth Part 2: Interior

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 […]

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What is the Esseesse?

What is the Esseesse?

The Esseesse (Italian for SS) is an aftermarket kit available directly from Abarth that turns the Fiat 500 up to 11. While the European Abarth comes standard with 135 HP, the SS provides an upgraded ECU which boosts power to 160 HP. The kit also includes upgraded suspension, brakes, and wheels. Here’s the description from […]

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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 […]

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Launch Dates for the Fiat 500 Abarth

Speculation about the exact launch date for the Fiat 500 in the US has varied widely, but it seems the planned time is officially December of this year. However the Abarth, being an upgraded version, isn’t planned to launch until a year later, in the fourth quarter of 2011. This is unfortunately an unofficial date […]

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