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Fiat Abarth Specs

Fiat Abarth Specs

Fiat Abarth Specs

Those who enjoy the style of the Fiat 500 but want increased power and more precise handling should look no further than the Abarth model. Along with a tuned suspension, upgraded brakes and a more aggressive look, this diminutive hot hatch boasts a turbocharged motor with nearly 60 percent more horsepower than the standard 500. Born on the Track To create the sportiest of 500s, Fiat paid a great deal of attention to the minicar’s suspension: the front and rear springs are stiffer than the standard 500’s by 40 and 20 percent, respectively, ride height is lowered by 0.7 inches and Koni shocks have been installed up front. The front brakes have also grown an inch in diameter to 11.1 inches total. The result of all the changes is a car that turns in more eagerly, corners with a minimum of body roll and stops with authority. The modest output of the normal 500's 1.4-liter four-cylinder (101 horsepower, 98 lb-ft of torque) is increased to a stout 160 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque thanks to a turbocharger. The only transmission available is a five-speed manual, which sends power to the front wheels and helps the tiny Fiat attain sixty mph from a dead stop in under seven seconds. To help drivers learn how to make the most of the car, the price of admission includes a track day at the Abarth Driving Experience. The day-long track event is conducted by instructors from the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Fuel economy is rated at 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Overview Helping the 500 Abarth look the part is a meaner front fascia with dual “nostrils” designed to maximize airflow in and out of twin intercoolers, unique 16-inch wheels (17-inchers are optional), special Abarth badging and a dual-exhaust setup. Around back, the car gets aerodynamic enhancements like a rear spoiler and diffuser. Similar Cars Honda Fit Honda Insight Ford Fiesta Kia Forte5 Kia Rio 5-Door Hyundai Accent Hatchback Toyota Prius Toyota Yaris Hatchback Subaru Impreza Hatchback Volkswagen Golf Inside, the steering wheel is a thick-rimmed, flat bottom Abarth unit with perforated leather trim. Racy touches include aluminum pedals, a black leather-trimmed shift knob and a unique analog turbo-boost gauge with LED shift lights that illuminate during gear changes. Both the front and rear seats feature additional bolstering to keep everyone in place during spirited drives. The options list includes a Safety and Convenience package that bundles automatic climate control, satellite radio and a security alarm. Occupant Safety In addition to seven airbags, the 500 Abarth comes with smart pedals that move out of the way during a collision to better protect the driver's feet and legs. Traction and stability control systems are also fitted as standard, as is a tire pressure monitoring system. Key Competitors Alternatives to the 500 Abarth include larger and more powerful (but more expensive) models like the MINI Cooper S and the Volkswagen GTI.
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Fiat Abarth Specs

When Fiat pulled the covers off the spicy Fiat 124 Abarth last year, the cover also dropped on a fabulously retro Abarth 124 Rally concept. At that time, Fiat claimed it was working toward homologating the 124 Rally into the existing FIA R GT class, but we remained skeptical. Thankfully, Fiat appears to be following through, as a rally-spec 124…
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Fiat Abarth Specs

The tiny 500 goes from pipsqueak to bad-ass as the hot-rod Abarth, the heart of which is a raucous 160-hp turbocharged four-cylinder. A five-speed manual is standard, while a six-speed automatic is optional. The exhaust note is addictive, and thanks to a slammed suspension, the Abarth’s handling is as feisty as its styling. There is a coupe or sliding-canvas soft top, though in open-air form, it can get a little pricey. Still, the Abarth is a special car with a ton of charisma. Jump to Instrumented Test – 2015 Fiat 500C Abarth Automatic

Fiat Abarth Specs

Among the three Fiats, it’s no surprise to learn that the Lusso is by far the most comfortable; its cushier seat even makes it seem like it rides smoother than the Classica despite its 17-inch wheels. It also seems more posh and comfy than any available trim level of MX-5. Clearly, if you’re looking for a boulevardier roadster, this is your choice. The Classica on 16s feels like it subdivides the other two—not quite as sharp as the Abarth or as pillowy as the Lusso. As such, for many it may be the Goldilocks choice and the one that seems to most closely match the Miata’s demeanor. Choose this one if you really just prefer the Fiat’s styling. Folks planning to track their roadster will be best served by the harder-edged Abarth, especially if they’re willing to aggressively shop the Abarth/Mopar go-fast catalogue. Any turbo engine can be tweaked to produce more power, so those who’ve longed for a Mazdaspeed Miata can make their wishes come true in the Fiat aftermarket.
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Fiat Abarth Specs

While we’re staunch supporters of human-shifted cogs, this Abarth cabrio’s six-speed automatic transmission provides an interesting contrast to the floppy shifter and mushy clutch of the five-speed manual in the Fiat 500C Abarth we tested in 2013. It turns out that the Aisin six-speed automatic—a $1350 option—is well matched to the 1.4-liter turbo’s power curve. Fiat tunes the MultiAir four-cylinder differently for the automatic application: Compared with the manual version, power is down 3 horsepower to 157 but torque jumps by 13 lb-ft to 183. The added grunt, peaking 100-rpm lower in the rev range, makes this engine way less boggy below 3000 rpm than we’ve experienced, for example, in the 2013 Dodge Dart. In fact, the automatic Abarth outdragged the stick-shift 500C, hitting 60 mph in 6.9 seconds versus the manual’s 7.3 seconds.
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Fiat Abarth Specs

The Fiat’s rugged iron-block 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo engine pulls with far less linearity than Mazda’s naturally aspirated, free-revving, all-aluminum 2.0-liter. The Fiat boasts a little more horsepower—164 for the Abarth and 160 for lesser 124s versus 155 in the Mazda—and a lot more peak torque—184 lb-ft versus 148. But more important than the numbers is the feeling. This older-school turbo suffers boost-lag right off the line followed by a rush up to a point where perhaps a MultiAir cam-phasing event seems to put a second knee in the curve. These discontinuities in the torque curve were joined by a few other flat spots in an Abarth automatic we sampled, begging the questions, is this test car having an off day? And if not, is tuning for that extra 4 hp worth the trouble it creates in this lumpy torque curve? On the plus side, when revved to its redline with either transmission, the engine pulls smoothly from a speed that’s safely above those non-linearities in the next gear.
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Fiat Abarth Specs

These charts illustrate how closely the 124 Abarth and MX-5 Club perform on this course, with the Classica’s lines almost always lower in amplitude. The MX-5 out-brakes the Abarth coming into the first curve (the sharp downward red spike), and the opposite is true on the second one. Note that once the cars enter the steady-state cornering portion on both ends of the course, the Miata always gets a spike of longitudinal acceleration that suggests perhaps the driver braked past the ideal speed. Generally, it’s the fact that the red Mazda longitudinal acceleration line spends more time above the purple Abarth line that accounts for the MX-5’s 0.3-second win in this race.
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Fiat Abarth Specs

The Fiat engine adds 100 or more pounds to the front axle, which does nothing to improve steering feel or dynamic handling and probably contributes considerably to the full second of additional time it takes a 124 Classica to lap our figure-eight course relative to the Miata Club. Abarth tuning wins 0.7 second of that time back but trails the MX-5 by 0.3 second and 0.01 average g. Neither company will provide directly comparative data on spring and damping rates or anti-roll bar configurations between the Miata and 124, but we can tell you what changes differentiate the Classica/Lusso suspensions from the Abarth: front spring rates are 1 percent stiffer, rear spring rates are 14 percent stiffer, and with that change the rear anti-roll bar is softened by about 7 percent. The bushings and damping rates are essentially the same.

Overview Helping the 500 Abarth look the part is a meaner front fascia with dual “nostrils” designed to maximize airflow in and out of twin intercoolers, unique 16-inch wheels (17-inchers are optional), special Abarth badging and a dual-exhaust setup. Around back, the car gets aerodynamic enhancements like a rear spoiler and diffuser.
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A thick blanket of cold white stuff prevented us from doing our full testing regimen with the 500C Abarth, so no top-speed or skidpad testing was possible. But in the patch of tarmac we were able to scrape clean, brake testing had the 500C coming to a halt from 70 mph in 170 feet—similar to the 2013 Abarth cabrio’s 167 feet.
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But the almost inappropriate level of enthusiasm doesn’t matter. The 500C Abarth, even in slushbox form, zips in and out of traffic, is buckets of fun around town, maneuvers like a border collie tending a herd of sheep, and parks wherever you want it to. Not only does the cabrio version let more of the outside world in, it also radiates more of the Abarth attitude to the ionosphere.

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