at the 78th Geneva Motor show and due to be marketed
from July 19 in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria,
Greece, France and the Netherlands, the new 500 Abarth
was developed by the Abarth engineers in the spirit of
the legendary 500 Abarth cars of the 1960s.
The new car was created with the intention of
reinforcing the brand’s sporting position. Outside it
looks like a nimble and compact pocket car while inside
it offers the very best that is currently available in
the field of engineering, safety and technology,
remaining faithful to the saying coined for the Abarth
cars of the 1960s (small but deadly): veritable
scorpions, in other words, able to sting the passion of
thousands of motorists with a taste for challenge, speed
and Italian style. The new 500 Abarth is certainly no
exception. It is a heady mix of technology, performance
and safety that finds its roots in the experience and
passion of the world of racing.
Sporty and practical
style: an ideal stylistic balance between past and
The style of the 500 Abarth, created by the Fiat Group
Automobiles style centre, chimes perfectly with the
Scorpion tradition and is no mere window-dressing but
significantly contributes to the car’s performance. The
best example of this approach to styling lies in the
particular attention devoted to the aerodynamics and
function of certain elements.
For example, the
rear view of the 500 Abarth is typified by the presence of a
special bumper, aerodynamic extractor, twin exhaust terminal
and tailgate spoiler that give it a sporting look but also
excellent aerodynamic performance. A scorpion logo is
printed above the silencer, just as on the historical Abarth
The front end
makes a specific statement that the 500 Abarth is an
out-and-out GT: the three-part pattern formed by the air
intakes comprises a central intake that is larger than on
the basic model, and an upper slot (above the number plates)
that is also wider. The two symmetrical ‘nostrils’ on either
side of the bumpers correspond exactly to the position of
two corresponding intercoolers that can be seen through the
openings and are there to ensure air is able to flow in and
The front end
with the frieze has been shifted forward to create the space
needed for the turbocharger. This makes the side profile of
the 500 Abarth more pronounced and striking in pitch-perfect
Abarth tradition: on the 850 TC and 1000 TC models,
no-nonsense external manifolds were a recognisable feature
of the brand. The Abarth logo ‘floats’ on a finned surface
that acts as an additional air intake. Abarth badges are
positioned on the sides, crossed by a three-coloured
thunderbolt, exactly as on the Abarth 595 and 695 Abarth of
the 1960s, to symbolise the brand’s racing vocation. The
wheel rims, available in 16 and 17 inch sizes, come in
different styles: from multispoked rims to rims bordered by
holes (the reference to the forged wheel motifs of the 1970s
Racing interiors for the
satisfaction of a sporty drive
The out-and-out racing interiors on the 500 Abarth feature
specific instruments and an analogue pressure gauge used to
measure the turbo pressure. The pressure gauge contains a
‘GSI’ (Gear Shift Indicator) that turns on an LED to
encourage the driver to shift gear. The main gauge, with
sporting graphics, is lipped on top to offer further
protection against glare while the three-spoke steering
wheel incorporates moulded grips for the thumbs and is
levelled off at the base to ensure increased passenger room
and space for adjustment.
The aluminium pedals with rubber inserts also reveal a clear
racing vocation, as does the gear knob (leather trimmed with
a more ergonomic grip for sporty use) and handbrake lever
grip (also in leather). The seats with head restraints built
into the back rest also reveal a special Abarth design with
a wraparound configuration in order to hold the body tightly
in position even when cornering. They can be trimmed in
leather, in two black or red specifications, or in two types
of different cloth.
Top level driving safety and
Created to meet the toughest standards, the 500 Abarth is
one of the safest cars in its entire segment. Stable,
effective braking plus good pick-up ensured by the 135 bhp
power units and predictable handling at all times allow the
new car to sail serenely through critical situations. The
500 Abarth is also fitted as standard with 7 airbags (two
front, two window bags, two sidebags and one for knee
protection): a record for this car category. The new model
also features technically sophisticated products to ensure
effective car control by the driver (active safety):
including ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution), the
sophisticated ESP (Electronic Stability Program), ASR (Anti
Slip Regulation) Hill Holder devices to help the driver
during hill starts and HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assistance) to
help in emergency stops.
For the very
first time in this segment, the new 500 Abarth also offers
two features that are appealing by any standards: the ‘TTC’
(Torque Transfer Control) and ‘GSI’ (Gear Shift Indicator)
systems. The first device improves the transfer of drive
torque to the wheels and, in particular, guarantees
excellent cornering behaviour thus making the car safer and
more entertaining during a sporty drive. The ‘GSI’ (Gear
Shift Indicator) encourages the driver to shift gear by
turning on a special indicator on the control panel (an LED
flashes five consecutive times). In detail, if normal mode
has been selected, the system tells the driver that fuel
savings could be made by shifting to another gear. If the
driver continues in sport mode, the gearshift suggestion
aims to achieve the best possible performance.
The 500 Abarth
also offers all the properties of dynamism and comfort that
allow its users to tackle longer, more demanding routes in
comfort. This is also due to the suspension configuration:
the front system is a Mac Pherson configuration while the
rear suspension features interconnected wheels (i.e.
semi-independent) with a torsion beam. Created from a
Magneti Marelli design, both selected configurations have
been appropriately revised and developed for the new vehicle
to ensure great handling and top level driving comfort.
Powerful, smooth power units
Abarth cars are known and appreciated throughout the world
as sporty cars that are able to offer the challenge of a
great tradition of races and victories through outstanding
motor engineering. Cars that enhance everyday driving
experiences with a true racing feel and authentic driving
satisfaction. The new 500 Abarth upholds these
characteristics but if necessary can also offer something
more: more performance, more handling, better braking
capacity. All the dynamic performance of a car destined for
the track, in other words. The credit goes mainly to the
exuberant engine concealed beneath the bonnet: a Fire 1.4
16v petrol Turbo engine that delivers a maximum power of 135
bhp (99 Kw) at 5500 rpm and a maximum torque of 206 Nm at
3000 rpm in ‘Sport’ mode (in ‘Normal’ mode, the torque
remains 180 Nm at 2500 rpm). A power unit that ensures a
thrilling performance while also making the 500 Abarth
extremely satisfying to drive even during day-to-day use.
In detail, the
engine is a 1368 cm3 4 cylinder 16 valve unit (turbo charged
with a fixed geometry IHI RHF3-P turbocharger) that delivers
exhilarating performance. Top speed is 205 km/h while
acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes place in just 7.9
seconds. This is partly achieved by the overboost function,
activated by the ‘Sport’ button that modulates control unit
mapping and turbo pressure in addition to load on the
steering wheel. Yet all this typically Abarth sportiness
comes with very frugal fuel consumption: 5.4 l/100 km over a
spirited, smooth power unit also reveals itself to be gentle
on the environment: the new Abarth is already designed to
meet the toughest restrictions imposed by future European
standards (Euro 5), and already complies with the emission
limits that are due to enter into force in 2009.
It should also
be remembered that the 135 bhp 1.4 16v Turbo T-Jet belongs
to the new T-jet family that applies the philosophy of
downsizing: the adoption of a new-generation turbocharger,
combined with a smaller capacity engine, allows us to
achieve performance levels that are comparable to or even
better than higher-capacity power units, but with lower fuel
consumption and emissions. And more: the presence of the
turbo significantly increases the maximum torque, making it
available at a lower RPM, but with the results of offering
greater flexibility and an unrivalled response compared to
conventional aspirated engines. All this comes with an
essential construction simplicity that benefits the strength
Blue&MeTM MAP with Telemetry makes its debut on the 500
Abarth. This additional highly innovative service has been
developed by Magneti Marelli as a result of know-how built
up in the world of racing and combines an aid to sporting
performance with the advantages of Blue&MeTM MAP. The
monitoring function displays the main acquired in-car
parameters (engine rpm, vehicle speed, gear engaged) that
are transferred from the Blue&MeTM to the PND (Portable
Navigation Device) Bluetooth. The TRACK function, accessible
if the driver is on one of the circuits present in the
device’s SD memory, displays a set of additional information
such as the car’s position on the track (by means of GPS)
and trip time. The configuration function makes it possible
to store telemetric data for a route and associate it with a
personalised session (identified by the driver’s name,
circuit, date). The information recorded may be retrieved
easily and also analysed at a later stage using the analysis
MAP 500 represents a new frontier in the portable navigation
system market: the system is safe and easy to use due to the
high level of on-board integration from an
electrical/mechanical viewpoint (achieved by means of a
specific support in the dashboard) and also from the
viewpoint of connectivity, ensured by a Bluetooth connection
to the Blue&MeTM platform.
The benefits of
this structure are considerable: the device uses data from
the car CAN network to improve navigation, voice messages
are played by the on-board sound system, navigation
pictograms are replicated on the instrument panel and the
destination may be entered by means of keys on the steering
wheel or by means of voice commands.
Technical data: 135 bhp 500 Abarth 1.4
16v Turbo T-Jet
• 4 cylinders in line
with 4 valves per cylinder, 1368 cm3.
• Power output: 135 BHP (99 kW) at 5500 rpm.
• Maximum torque 206 Nm at 3000 rpm in ‘SPORT’ mode.
• Turbocharged with fixed geometry IHI RHF3-P turbocharger.
• 5-speed C510
• Mc Pherson
configuration with anti-roll bar at front.
• Rear configuration with wheels interconnected through a
torsion beam with anti-roll bar.
• Low ride.
• Dualdrive electric
power steering with SPORT setting.
• ZPH 4.1.2 floating
front calliper, 54mm diameter piston.
• Ventilated front brake discs, diameter 284 x 22 mm.
• CII 34 floating rear calliper, 34 mm diameter piston.
• 240 mm diameter x 11 mm rear brake disc.
• Standard: 6.5 x 16”
aluminium alloy rim - Tyres: 195/45 R16”.
• Options: 7x 17” aluminium alloy rim - Tyres: 205/40 R17”.
• Complies with Euro 5
• 155 g/km.
- urban cycle
- combined cycle (l/100km): 6.5
- extra-urban cycle (l/100km): 5.4
• Top speed 205 km/h.
• Acceleration 0-100 km/h 7.9 sec.