Just released are the first official pictures of the new 500 Abarth - a high performance version of the Fiat 500 city car. The 500 Abarth will make its international public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
The new car was developed by Fiat Group Automobiles Style Centre in the spirit of the legendary Fiat 500 Abarth of the 1960s, and is powered by a 1.4 16v turbo engine, which delivers a maximum of 135hp at 5500rpm, and peak torque of 152 lb-ft at 3000rpm in `Sport' mode, while in `Normal' mode, torque is reduced to 132 lb-ft at 2500rpm. This smooth and responsive new engine is also environmentally compatible - like the Fiat 500 from which it is derived, the new 500 Abarth meets future Euro 5 emissions legislation.
The dramatic styling is not a mere exercise in interpretation, as the 500 Abarth optimizes aerodynamic behavior, reducing drag and increasing high speed stability, while the side skirts also improve the Cd figure.
Inside, the 500 features special instrumentation, with the addition of an analogue gauge to measure turbo pressure. An LED telltale that optimizes gear changes by lighting up at the appropriate moment is also incorporated.
While the Fiat 500 is currently unavailable in the USA, there are rumors that its introduction is being considered as sales of premium small cars increase.
Engine:4 cylinders in line, 4 valves per cylinder, 1368 cc
Power output: 135hp at 5500 rpm
Peak torque in SPORT mode: 152 lb-ft at 3000rpm;`Drive-by-wire' accelerator control, without mechanical connection
Turboboost by IHI variable geometry turbo.
Dual cable external gearbox control;
Suspension and steering
MacPherson layout at front with anti-roll bar;Torsion beam axle with anti-roll bar;Ground-hugging sporty stance;Dualdrive electric power steering in SPORT mode.
Floating ZPH 4.1.2 front caliper, piston diameter 54mm;Ventilated front brake discs, diameter 284x22mm;Floating CII 34 rear caliper, piston diameter 34mm;Solid rear brake discs, diameter 240x11mm.
Standard: Aluminum alloy rim 6.5x16" - Tires: 195/45 R16;Optional: Aluminum alloy rim 7x17" - Tires: 205/40 R17.