Archive for December, 2008

Thames, Slough appointed 12th Abarth dealer

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Thames Motor Group, which currently already carries the Fiat, Citroen and Alfa Romeo franchises, will apparently open a new Abarth facility at its Slough site before the end of this year.

They’re located less than ½ mile from Fiat/Abarth UK, on the A4 Bath Road.

They fill a considerable hole in the Abarth network for anyone living west of London.

500 Abarth factory options

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

While we’re waiting for official confirmation of the UK spec for the 500 Abarth, here’s the list of factory options available elsewhere in Europe:

Option Price
Leather upholstery €1,200
Electric “Sky Dome” sunroof €750
Fixed glass sunroof €450
Auto-dimming rear view mirror €150
Blue&Me Map €100
Blue&Me Nav €300
Chrome mirrors €200
Five-hole 17″ alloy wheels with 205/40R17 tyres €400
Ten-spoke 17″ alloy wheels with 205/40R17 tyres €400
White/Black/Red Stripe & Mirror kits €300
White/Black/Red checkerboard roof kits €300
White/Black/Red Scorpion bonnet stickers €200
Scorpion Black paintwork €420
Factory Red paintwork €420
Grey paintwork €420
White Pearl paintwork €800

500 Abarth insurance groups

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

The insurance groups for the 500 Abarth and 500 Abarth Esseesse have been announced by the ABI. They are:-

Model Group (1-20) Group (1-50) Group Type Security
500 Abarth T-Jet (135) 13 26 U T2
500 Abarth Esseesse T-Jet (155) 14 28 U T2

The ‘T2’ Security rating translates as:

An immobiliser that has been judged to comply to the Thatcham criteria.

That means the 500 Abarth isn’t fitted with an alarm, just an immobiliser. That’s the same as the Grande Punto Abarth.

Somewhat more concerning, though, is the ‘U’ group type, which translates as:

Cases where the level of security for the model concerned is regarded as Unacceptable. This does not mean that the car will be uninsurable but consumers should be aware that individual insurers may insist on the security being upgraded before providing cover.

That could mean many insurers will insist on having the optional alarm fitted when the car arrives at the dealers.  I hope Abarth UK have a few in stock…

500 Abarth makes UK debut at Wembley’s 2008 Race of Champions

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

On Sunday 14 December, the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse will make its UK debut at the 2008 Race of Champions at Wembley Stadium in London.

Participating in the event will be some of the greatest champions of motor sport who will be competing against each other at the wheel of a range of different cars, on a track built specially in the London stadium.

Among these are Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, David Coulthard, Jenson Button, the rally world champion Sebastien Loeb, the world touring car champion Yvan Muller and the world superbike champion Troy Bayliss.

2008 Race of Champions

2008 Race of Champions

Abarth at the 2008 Bologna Motor Show

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
Abarth at the 2008 Bologna Motor Show

Abarth at the 2008 Bologna Motor Show

Abarth is using the 2008 Bologna Motor Show mainly to show off its new 500 Abarth Trophy (Trofeo Abarth 500), with a 600-square-metre temporary outside structure that showcases the preparation of the 500 Abarth Assetto Corse.

Abarth at the 2008 Bologna Motor Show

Abarth at the 2008 Bologna Motor Show

The Grande Punto Abarth and 500 Abarth Esseesse models will both be present, and on 11 December, the Grande Punto Abarth S2000 will also make an appearance.

In addition, there’s the usual host of Abarth accessories and merchandise, large-screen configurators for the road-going models, and even a pair of Abarth Powerplay Extreme desktop PCs and the Yamaha FZ1 Abarth Assetto Corse Concept Bike.

Abarth at the 2008 Bologna Motor Show

Abarth at the 2008 Bologna Motor Show

The 500 Abarth Trophy

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

With the 500 Abarth Trophy Italy and the 500 Abarth Trophy Europe, both single-brand competitions, you can now experience the thrill of the track.

The 500 Abarth Trophy

The 500 Abarth Trophy

In Italy, the Trophy will be run alongside the prestigious Ferrari Challenge, while the European Trophy will be run alongside the WTCC (World Touring Car Championship).

The 500 Abarth Assetto Corse models taking part will be produced directly by the manufacturer and sold ‘race ready’ to drivers through the official dealer network. The 500 Abarth Assetto Corse is priced at €32,800 + VAT

Both the sporting and technical regulations have been drawn up with the intention of allowing as many competitors as possible to take part – in highly competitive cars – at the lowest possible expense. That is why the practice sessions, number of possible tyre changes, and the number of technical changes that can be made to the cars have been limited.

500 Abarth Trophy Italy 2009 Calendar

Monza, 29 March – 7 laps
Vallelunga, 17 May – 8 laps
Brno (CZ), 31 May – 7 laps
Paul Ricard (FR), 7 July – 7 laps
Imola, 30 August – 9 laps
Mugello, 27 September – 8 laps

500 Abarth Trophy Europe 2009 Calendar

Valencia, 31 May – 11 laps
Brno, 21 June – 7 laps
Porto, 8 July – 9 laps
Brands Hatch, 19 July – 12 laps
Oschersleben, 30 August – 12 laps
Monza, 4 October – 7 laps

Each event will be run under the weekend racing format and will include:

  • 30 minutes of free practice,
  • 30 minutes of official practice,
  • 2 races, each of about 50km.

The entry fee for the 500 Abarth Trophy Italy, and for the 500 Abarth Trophy Europe is €12,000 + VAT and includes:

  • entry for individual races,
  • free practice,
  • 5 passes for access to the paddock area and catering for every driver,
  • a race clothing kit,
  • a free-time clothing kit.

Alternatively, it is possible to enter events individually and take part only on the relative circuit.

All the circuits involved in the 500 Abarth Trophy will have a special paddock area reserved for race competitors. Access will be by means of an individual badge that will allow drivers and their teams, among other things, to use the catering and open bar services.

Paid tickets are also available to allow entry to team guests.

Fiat 500 Abarth Assetto Corse

500 Abarth Assetto Corse

Abarth accessories catalogue

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Abarth Italy has released a PDF catalogue of the range of Abarth accessories for both the Grande Punto and 500 Abarth.

Abarth accessories catalogue

Abarth accessories catalogue (PDF)

The catalogue contains aluminium tank caps, carpet mats, 17″ alloy wheels, high performance additives, key covers, car covers and the Blue&Me Nav system.

No UK prices or availability information yet.

Update: PDF document removed due to bandwidth.  You can buy some items from the catalogue directly from the Abarthisti Shop.