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Fiat 500 Abarth Gets Even More Power - (Global)

July 9th, 2008
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Fiat has celebrated the European launch of the Fiat 500 Abarth by launching a limited edition with even more power than the standard car, boosting power from an already pretty tidy 99 kW for the standard Fiat 500 Abarth to 118 kW, slashing the 0-100 time to just 7.4 seconds for Fiat’s ultimate pocket rocket.

The revised engine for the Fiat 500 Abarth limited edition is a more powerful 1.4 Turbo T-Jet power unit that develops 118 KW at 5750 rpm and a maximum torque of 230 Nm at 3000 rpm. Thanks to its fixed geometry IHI RHF3 turbocharger, the performances are truly exhilarating: top speed is 211 kmh and acceleration from 0 to 100 kmh takes place in just 7.4 seconds. Other unique features include the adoption of the front and rear ventilated disc brakes, high performance front brake pads, a special ‘powered by BMC’ air filter, special low springs and 17" alloys painted white or titanium and complete with 205/40 R17 ZR 17 Pirelli P-zero Nero tyres.

Outside, the 500 Abarth Opening Edition features red brake callipers and privacy windows. Inside, distinctive features include leather upholstery, a plate with the car serial number on the central tunnel and two aluminium badges bearing the wording ‘500 Abarth Opening Edition’ positioned on the faring. The steering wheel is also customised with red leather. The gear knob is in glossy anodised aluminium with red engraved gears. The mats are Abarth with a leather band. Other features specific to the 500 Abarth Opening Edition include a grey or white fuel cap and key cover. The car is delivered with a car cover bearing a period Abarth 595 design. Lastly, the 500 Abarth Opening Edition may be clad in just two body colours, Campovolo grey or pearlised White, and special stickers including a red chequered flag on the roof exclusive to the Campovolo Grey shade that pays homage to the numerous sporting victories of the Abarth brand.

This exclusive exterior look is complemented by a long list of standard equipment: in the field of safety, for example, the car is fitted with seven airbags, fog light, ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution), ESP (Electronic Stability Program) with ASR (Anti Slip Regulation) and Hill Holder in addition to the brand new Torque Transfer Control. Not to mention the fact that, in the field of Luxury and comfort, the 500 Abarth Opening Edition is unrivalled, as evidenced by an automatic climate control system, radio with CD and MP3, the sophisticated Interscope Hi-Fi Sound System and a Blue&MeTM Map satellite navigation system in special Abarth version that responds to quick direction changes. This array of equipment is completed by electrically controlled front windows and door mirrors with height adjustable steering wheel and seats.

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