Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse technical specifications

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

In line with the philosophy which has distinguished Abarth for half a century – to bring its racing experience to the market for road going cars and open up the world of motor sport – the 500 Abarth with the “esseesse” kit is another important piece of the jigsaw in the already ambitious project of Fiat Group Automobiles.

500 Abarth Esseesse kit

500 Abarth Esseesse kit

True to Abarth tradition, the “esseesse” kit comes in an elegant wooden case and can only be sold and installed by the official network of Abarth converters, guaranteeing compliance with the highest testing and safety standards.

In detail, the kit allows the 1.4 16v Turbo T-Jet engine to achieve a maximum power of 160 hp (120 KW) at 5750 g/min with peak torque of 230 Nm (170 lb/ft) at 3000 g/min in “Sport Mode”. The result is a truly thrilling performance: top speed is 131 mph (211 km/h) with acceleration from 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in just 7.4 seconds. In line with the Abarth concept of preparation, the “esseesse” kit uses perforated and ventilated front brake discs (diameter 284mm x 22mm), perforated rear brake discs (diameter 240mm x 11mm, high-performance front brake pads, springs that are specially lowered in comparison to the original car and Abarth “esseesse” 7″ x 17″ ET35 alloy wheels, finished in white or titanium, teamed with 205/40 ZR 17 Pirelli Pzero tyres.

The 500 Abarth “esseesse” kit is topped off by the specific air filter powered by BMC, four tyre pressure sensors, “esseesse” badges for the engine hood and the tailgate, and a specially designed, highly original key cover.

Fiat 500 Abarth “Esseesse” Technical Specifications


  • 4 cylinders in line, 4 valves per cylinder, 1368 cc
  • Power: 160 hp (120 KW) at 5750 rpm
  • Max. torque of 230 Nm (170 lb/ft) in sport mode at 3000 rpm
  • IHI RHF3 fixed geometry turbocharger


  • 5-speed C510 transmission

Air filter

  • Abarth-specific, powered by BMC


  • Electric power steering with “sport mode”


  • Front: McPherson with anti-roll bar
  • Rear: interconnected bars with torsion beam

Ride height

  • Specifically lowered compared to the 500 Abarth 135hp


  • Self-ventilated, perforated front brake disc ø 284 mm x 22 mm
  • Perforated rear brake disc ø 240 mm x 11 mm
  • High-performance front brake pads


  • Abarth-specific Abarth “esseesse” style alloys, 7″ x 17″ ET 35
  • 205/40 ZR17 P ZERO BLACK tyres


  • Maximum speed 131 mph (211 Km/h)
  • Acceleration 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) 7.4 sec

Fuel consumption

  • Urban: 33.2 mpg (8.5 litres per 100km)
  • Extra-urban: 52.3 mpg (5.4 litres per 100km)
  • Combined: 43.4 mpg (6.5 litres per 100km)


  • 155 g per km CO2 (compared to Euro 5 CEE-F5 standard)

Special features

  • Specific “esseesse” key cover
  • Tyre pressure sensors
  • “esseesse” logo on tailgate/engine hood
Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse

Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse

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