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Price confirmed for new Abarth 500C with manual transmission

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Pricing for the new Abarth 500C convertible sports car, with manual gearbox, has just been announced – and it’s cheaper than the current car with ‘Competizione’ paddle-shift transmission.

This is the latest new version to join the well-established Abarth line-up, launched in the UK in July 2008. The sports brand continues to find new fans in the form of enthusiast drivers wishing to express themselves through their choice of car.

In keeping with Abarth’s philosophy of ‘Making the Ordinary Extraordinary’, Abarth has taken the convertible model and added the option of a five speed manual transmission, for those drivers who do not wish to take advantage of the ‘Competizione’ box.

About 500C with manual transmission available now priced at £16,856

About 500C with manual transmission available now priced at £16,856

Priced at £16,856 OTR, the Abarth 500C manual represents outstanding value for money – it’s around £1,000 cheaper than the automatic version. Along with a stylish electric hood with glass rear window, and third brake light incorporated into the spoiler, the car receives, as standard, a host of other equipment.

This includes seven airbags, xenon headlights, TTC (torque transfer control), parking sensors, Blue&Me hands-free telecommunications system, leather steering wheel and alloy wheels. A full range of options includes automatic climate control, leather sports interior, bi-colour paint, red brake callipers and coloured Abarth side stripes and mirrors.

Proof that the 500C is a true Abarth comes in the form of its 135bhp 1.4 16v Turbo T-Jet engine, which provides the convertible with a top speed of 128mph and a 0-62mph time of 7.9 seconds. But the frugal unit returns 43.5mpg fuel economy on the combined cycle and has a CO2 figure of 155 g/km.

The car features Dualdrive electrically assisted power steering with ‘Sport Mode’ while stopping is courtesy of front (ventilated) and rear disc brakes.

“With the choice between hatchback and convertible versions and in manual or Competizione form, we now have an Abarth 500 to suit all requirements and driving conditions,” says Ivan Gibson, head of Abarth in the UK. “And with the option to take on the 160bhp esseesse specification, open top performance motoring has never been more accessible.”

2011 Trofeo Abarth 500 GB Calendar announced

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Abarth is presenting its sporting activities for the 2011 season at the Autosport International Racing Car Show in Birmingham this week (13-16 January). The coming season will be marked by the continued involvement of the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse in the Abarth 500 GB Trophy.

This championship, starring the 190 bhp Abarth 500 Assetto Corse, is in its second year and will take place over six events, one of which is abroad − the Belgian circuit of Spa-Francorchamps − which also counts towards the Abarth 500 European Trophy.

The formula for the UK Trophy includes two races at each event. Abarth is pleased to announce that the championship is set to start at Oulton Park (23 and 25 April), moving on to the new Snetterton 300 Circuit (25-26 June), Brands Hatch GP (22-24 July), Spa (7 August), Brands Hatch Indy (3-5 September) and finishing at Donington on 29 October.

The promotion of the Abarth 500 GB Trophy will again be managed by Paolo Callea.

The Abarth 500 European Trophy is also continuing this year, featuring six events held at Valencia, Misano, Hockenheim, Mugello, Monza and Spa-Francorchamps, the latter also counting towards the GB Trophy – a great opportunity for British drivers, who have a chance to grab the limelight in an international series.

The 190 bhp Abarth 500 Assetto Corse is assembled in the Abarth racing department. It is equipped with a sturdy roll cage, an anatomic racing driver’s seat, and a six-point safety harness, along with all the other equipment demanded by the regulations. In terms of mechanical features, the chassis has a specific set-up with racing springs and adjustable shock absorbers, teamed with 17” alloy wheels, an exhaust suited for racing, and oversized, more powerful brakes.

These are all components which make the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse a racing car capable of providing the utmost satisfaction for both expert and novice drivers.

Abarth activities outside the UK concentrate on the championships reserved for the Abarth 500 and Formula Abarth, an experience-building single-seater car powered by a 1400 cc turbocharged Abarth engine which was extremely successful during its first season, in 2010, tempting young foreign drivers to the Italian Championship.

This year, the Formula Abarth Championships and the Abarth 500 Trophies will be organised in Italy and across Europe, with the same calendar for both series.

Abarth at the 2010 Paris International Motor Show

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Carlo Abarth loved to call himself a “creator of cars that are tuned, not prepared”. It was not by chance that his first commercial success came with a tuning kit for the Fiat Topolino launched at the beginning of the 1950s. Since then, the Abarth brand philosophy has remained the same: to convert special items into extraordinary products.

Bolstered by the success of the recent conversion kits (one Abarth 500 in three is converted using the official kit), Abarth has expanded its range by launching the world premiere of the esseesse kits for the new Abarth 500C and Abarth Punto Evo models in Paris. These are designed to improve performance, handling and safety without having to sacrifice the car’s low emissions and fuel consumption.

The stand will host two esseesse cars that perfectly illustrate the spirit of Abarth tuning, encapsulating substance and unassuming good looks: in accordance with brand tradition and market requirements, Abarth cars are a mix of sporty yet elegant looks and safe driving experience, yet always with sporty performance levels.

Abarth Punto Evo esseesse

The Abarth Punto Evo esseesse is in fact capable of 180 HP with truly thrilling performance levels: maximum torque of 270 Nm at 3000 rpm, top speed of 216 km/h and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 7.5 seconds. The esseesse kit for the 500C turns the scorpion-branded convertible into a genuine open-topped sports car: 160 HP, maximum torque of 230 Nm, top speed of 209 km/h and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 7.6 seconds.

The Abarth Punto Evo esseesse

The Abarth Punto Evo esseesse

The Abarth Punto Evo esseesse is exhibited with a Campovolo Grey body, named after the airfield, still operational today, that is located opposite the company’s historic headquarters in Corso Marche, Turin. This was where the young Karl Abarth used to buy paint for his cars, the very same Campovolo grey shade used for aircraft. In detail, the Abarth Punto Evo on show combines this particular colour with an Abarth band in the body shade and 18’’ alloys in a special titanium-coloured esseesse design. Inside, the car features Abarth Corse by Sabelt seats in black leather with a distinctly sporty design and an Abarth Blue&MeTM MAP satellite navigation system complete with telemetrics developed with Magneti Marelli.

More detail about the Abarth Punto Evo esseesse kit is available here: Abarth Punto Evo esseesse.

Abarth 500C esseesse

The Abarth 500C esseesse on the other hand, comes with an elegant Campovolo grey and Pista grey two-tone livery with a white chromatic liner, an element that divides and at the same time combines the two ‘souls’ of the car: the elegance of a cabriolet above and the out-and-out sporty performance of the esseesse kit below. The 500C esseesse is exhibited with an original Record Monza exhaust silencer (dual mode with variable counterpressure) that enhances the engine sound above 4000 rpm and, as on the Punto Evo, with an Abarth Blue&MeTM MAP satellite navigation system with telemetrics.

The Abarth 500C esseesse

The Abarth 500C esseesse

More detail about the Abarth 500C esseesse is available here: Abarth 500C esseesse.

These two models may be very different but they share a single spirit, the sporting spirit of the Abarth scorpion logo, which has proved itself capable of igniting the passion of thousands of motorists with a taste for challenge, performance and Italian style. In the words of the advertising slogan “More power to your senses”, on an Abarth car all your senses are stimulated to the maximum. The perception is further amplified by the two kits that guarantee even more driving performance and adrenaline: all in all, the Abarth conversion kits represent empowerment taken to its highest levels.

The Parisian stage also offers an opportunity to admire some new products created for the Abarth 500 saloon: the stand will exhibit a model in the new Record Grey shade, with tobacco coloured leather interiors and super-sporty 17’’ alloys with 5 diamond shaped spokes against an anthracite background. This mixture of sportiness and good looks is inspired by the heritage of a brand that will once again satisfy customers who seek a high-performance car that is also elegant.

Abarth 500 in Record Grey

Abarth 500 in Record Grey

The Paris Motor Show is also an opportunity to take a look at the two pillars of the Abarth business model: roadgoing cars and the world of racing. To date, approximately 1600 Abarth 500C and nearly 1300 Abarth Punto Evo cars have been sold: these numbers bear witness to the warm welcome extended to these two cars and will certainly contribute to the already excellent results recorded since the brand was relaunched. Suffice to say that since 2007 the brand has enjoyed continual growth, as evidenced by sales of nearly 28,000 for the Abarth Grande Punto and Abarth 500 models in addition to approximately 6000 performance kits designed for the two models.

The Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari has also met with great success. This is the fastest and highest performing road-going 500 ever, arising out of a joint venture between Abarth and Ferrari, based on shared values that include a passion for performance, a racing soul, attention to detail and Italian style. This numbered and limited special series has been marketed from July and has already notched up more than 600 orders; more than half of which are from countries such as United Kingdom, France and Germany.

The Abarth 695 "Tributo Ferrari"

These sales successes have been partly made possible by the extraordinary network of dealers and official tuning shops, an organisation that is unique in its field and is extending to other international markets such as Israel, Rumania, Cyprus, Lebanon, Finland and Australia.

The growth in Abarth’s sporting activities was also constant in 2010, consolidating the brand’s presence both in rallies and on the track, in Italy and throughout Europe. As far as rallies are concerned, two official teams are competing with success in the Italian Championship with Abarth Grande Punto S2000 cars, while the RALLY version of the Abarth 500 has led to the advent of the Abarth 500 Rally Selenia Trophy. Track activities have also met with great success. The tried and tested single-make Abarth 500 Selenia Italia and Abarth 500 Selenia Europe trophies have been joined this year by a championship reserved for single-seater Formula Aci-Csai-Abarth cars with the intention of allowing young drivers to show their mettle at the wheel of an experience-building single-seater car at an accessible price. In 2011, great expectations surround the debut of the single-seater car in Europe, with the Formula Abarth European Championship.

Last but not least, Abarth returns to the Paris International Motor Show with a stunning stand where major world débuts mingle with tried and tested models to underscore – yet again – the brand’s unique position on the international motoring stage. The design idea that inspired the space is simplification: the architecture does not use a language to interpret the brand but acts as a foundation to enhance its values. Abarth and its world take centre stage and the brand exhibits itself to the public in all its pureness and simplicity, in its maximum essence. This approach focuses the attention on the three new Abarth cars, positioned in an extensive space with three areas of light; a huge LED display representing the central element of the scenery forms an ideal backdrop for the cars. Technical drawings of Abarth engineering are ideally exhibited under a glass floor, visible to all, as used to happen with cars when their rear bonnet lids were partially raised.

The Abarth Punto Evo esseesse

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The Abarth Punto Evo esseesse kit allows the 1.4 16v Turbo MultiAir power unit to achieve a maximum power of 180 HP (132 kW) at 5750 rpm and in Sport mode, a maximum torque of 270 Nm at 3000 rpm. The result is truly thrilling performance: top speed is 216 km/h with acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 7.5 seconds. Even once the kits have been installed, the CO2 emissions guaranteed by the MultiAir remain unchanged (142 g/km) to ensure that the car maintains its Euro 5 compliance.

The Abarth Punto Evo esseesse

The Abarth Punto Evo esseesse

Consistent with Abarth’s concept of performance tuning in utmost safety, the esseesse kit includes perforated, ventilated front disc brakes (diameter 305 mm x 28 mm), perforated rear disc brakes (diameter 264 mm x 11 mm), high performance front brake pads, front and rear Koni shock absorbers with FSD valve, specific red springs set lower than those on the original car, Abarth esseesse 7” x 18” ET39 alloy wheels painted white or titanium, combined with 215/40 ZR18 tyres.

The make-up of the conversion kit for the Abarth Punto Evo is completed by a special “powered by BMC” air filter, an Abarth silencer with twin tail pipes, and esseesse badges for the engine cover and tailgate.

The Abarth Punto Evo esseesse

The Abarth Punto Evo esseesse

The esseesse Kit for the Abarth Punto Evo is due to go on sale from December in all European markets.

The Abarth 500C esseesse

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The kit for the Abarth 500C tunes the 1.4 16v Turbo T-Jet power unit to achieve a maximum power of 160 HP (117 kW) at 5750 rpm and in Sport mode, a maximum torque of 230 Nm at 3000 rpm with the performance of an out-and-out sports car: top speed is 209 km/h with acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 7.6 seconds. As with the Punto Evo, the 500C maintains its Euro 5 compliance even once the kit has been installed, with CO2 emissions equal to 151 g/km.

The Abarth 500C esseesse

The Abarth 500C esseesse

Safety is always the focus with Abarth tuning, as evidenced by the upgrading of the braking system and adjusted ride: the esseesse kit for the 500C includes perforated, ventilated front disc brakes (diameter 284 mm x 22 mm), perforated rear disc brakes (diameter 240 mm x 11 mm), high performance front brake pads, front and rear Koni shock absorbers with FSD valve, specific red springs set lower than those on the original car, Abarth esseesse 7” x 17” ET35 alloy wheels painted white or titanium, combined with 205/40 ZR17 tyres.

The conversion kit for the Abarth 500C also includes four sensors to record correct tyre pressure, a special “powered by BMC” air filter and esseesse badges for the engine cover and tailgate.

The Abarth 500C esseesse

The Abarth 500C esseesse

The esseesse kit for the Abarth 500C is due to go on sale from October in all European markets.

Ferrari drivers Alonso and Massa both receive an Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Two Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari, the fastest ever road-going 500s, were handed over to Ferrari team drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa this morning in the splendid setting of Villa Reale in Monza.

Ferrari drivers Alonso and Massa both receive an Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari

Ferrari drivers Alonso and Massa both receive an Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari

The new Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari confirms the consolidated links between Abarth and Ferrari – links based on shared values that include a passion for performance, a racing soul, attention to detail and Italian style.

Superb performance is guaranteed by a 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 16v engine, tuned to develop 180 HP. This is combined with an electrically operated Abarth competition gearbox with a race-inspired paddle gearshift to reduce shift times and make full use of engine performance.

The cars are finished in Scuderia red with Racing grey details and are enhanced with carbon fibre parts like mirror covers and gear quadrant.

A numbered and limited special series of these cars went on sale in July and has already notched up more than 600 orders, more than half of which are for export to countries like the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

A dedicated website,, went on line today, confirming Abarth’s determination to support and promote this exclusive project internationally.

Karl Abarth and Enzo Ferrari were two great names whose passion and dedication helped create the legend of Italian motor racing that is the universally recognised today. The men behind both marques followed very similar careers: first drivers, then tuners and finally heads of companies that command genuine respect in the world of motor racing.

Ferrari and Abarth are together again today as they were in the past, with Ferrari’s two F1 drivers Massa and Alonso behind the wheels of two brand new Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari.

Ferrari drivers Alonso and Massa both receive an Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari

Ferrari drivers Alonso and Massa both receive an Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari

Star drivers line-up for Abarth 500 Celebrity Challenge at Silverstone Classic

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Stars from TV, radio, sport and music will line up on the grid this week (23 July) to race Abarth 500 cars for charity at the world-famous Silverstone Circuit.

A special event, the BSM Centenary Abarth 500 Celebrity Challenge, will feature race-prepared versions of the potent Abarth 500 esseesse road car. It’s set to raise funds for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, and is one of the highlights of the prestigious ‘Silverstone Classic’ motorsport extravaganza planned for the famous circuit from 23-25 July 2010.

Star drivers line-up for Abarth 500 Celebrity Challenge at Silverstone Classic

Star drivers line-up for Abarth 500 Celebrity Challenge at Silverstone Classic

Celebrities who have been preparing for the tough race include TV chefs Heston Blumenthal and James Martin, Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole, actor Tom Chambers who won ‘Strictly’ in 2008, former Watford and England footballer Luther Blissett, TV presenter Lord Charles Brocket, rocker Rick Parfitt Junior and drummer Neil Primrose from the band Travis.

BBC Radio 2 DJs Johnnie Walker and Richard Allinson, and BBC Sport journalist Jonny Saunders, are also competing in the race, while legendary DJ ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris is Team Manager.

The road-going versions of the Abarth 500 have been modified to meet race safety specification. All the cars are finished in the historic Campovolo Grey racing colours of Karl Abarth, together with branding from Britain’s largest and most popular driving school, BSM.

“The Abarth 500 esseesse provides our celebrity drivers with the ideal introduction to motorsport,” says Ivan Gibson, head of Abarth in the UK. “And it demonstrates that, just as it was back in the 1960s, Abarth’s saying: ‘Small but wicked’ is still very much in keeping with the brand.”

After the race, the limited edition event cars will be autographed by the drivers and made available for sale. The celebrities will be raising funds for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK via sponsorship on their cars. Run in memory of one of Britain’s best-loved footballers, the fund supports research into bowel cancer.

The Silverstone Classic is the biggest classic racing festival in the world as well as one of Europe’s most entertaining car-themed events. It features some of the rarest and most valuable racing cars in the world.

The new Abarth Punto Evo

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

The new 165 HP Multiair 1.4 turbo petrol engine is the result of a winning partnership between Fiat Powertrain Technology and Abarth race-derived know-how.

Since the Fiat Powertrain engine was first presented at last year’s Geneva motor show, Abarth engineers have been working hard to squeeze every last drop of power out of it and to improve its sporting performance in typical Abarth style.

The new Abarth Punto Evo

The new Abarth Punto Evo

Multiair engine technology has revolutionised the world of petrol engines. Compared to a conventional petrol engine of equivalent size, a MultiAir engine develops more power (up to 10%) and more torque (up to 15%), while consuming significantly less (up to 10%) and emitting less CO2 (up to 10%), fewer particulates (up to 40%) and less NOx (up to 60%).

The genius of the Multiair engine is embodied in its electro-hydraulic valve control system. Both fuel consumption and pollutant emissions have been slashed by using the engine’s intake valves to control the air flow directly, without a butterfly valve in the intake. Using this already advanced technology as a starting point, Abarth’s development department has made a series of modifications to arrive at the innovative new 165 HP Multiair 1.4 16 V. Power output, for example, has been optimised by the intelligent application of a new, larger turbocharger from Garrett. The result is superb performance with peak torque of 250 Nm (25.5 kgm) at 2250 rpm, and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in only 7.9 seconds.

The sporty new Abarth Punto Evo also features a new performance mode selection system that modulates engine, braking and steering action to offer a choice of two different driving styles – Sport and Normal – to suit road conditions and driver preference.

The mode selector is conveniently located on the central tunnel in front of the gear lever and lets you switch between the two modes quickly and easily, simply by moving a lever. The currently selected mode is displayed on the dashboard. If you are looking for a safe, relaxing drive, all you have to do is select Normal mode, while if you feel the need to enjoy the full performance of your Abarth Punto Evo, flip the switch to Sport position and thrill to the power! Sport mode makes the car more responsive, using electrical servo systems to modify handling and deliver the ultimate sporting feel. Due attention has also been paid to safety of course, so Sport mode also engages the TTC system automatically.

As in rally cars, the driver is assisted by GSI (Gear Shift Indicator). On the Abarth Punto Evo, GSI acts like an intelligent “co-driver” and provides a signal on the instrument panel to tell you when the right moment has arrived to shift up reducing fuel consumption.

The Abarth Punto Evo’s 1.4 Multiair petrol engine also features Fiat’s innovative Start&Stop system. This switches the engine off automatically when the vehicle comes to a halt and the engine is left to idle, and restarts it again as soon as you are ready to move off. The system finds its ideal application in situations like city traffic and sequences of traffic lights. Whenever the control logic permits, Start&Stop automatically switches off the engine, saving up to 10% of fuel consumption and emissions in the urban cycle and up to 3.5% in the NEDC test cycle.

As soon as you take your foot off the brake or engage first gear, the system immediately restarts the engine to give you instant power and responsiveness. On top of this, if you accidentally stall the engine while moving off, all you have to do is press down on the clutch to re-start it automatically.

Start&Stop offers additional benefits in terms of comfort since it eliminates noise and vibrations from the passenger compartment while the car is stationary.

The system is full interactive, and tells you whether the function is engaged or not via clear indications on the instrument panel. Start&Stop can be disengaged quickly and easily by a switch on the dashboard near the steering column.

The innovative Multiair engine guarantees sports performance plus low emissions and reduced fuel consumption. Tests carried out by Abarth engineers have demonstrated that fuel consumption has been reduced despite the fact that power output has been increased. In particular, consumption is only 8.1 l/100 km in the urban cycle; only 6.0 l/100 km in the combined cycle, and 4.8 l/100 km in the extra-urban cycle. The Multiair engine is also impressively clean and already conforms to Euro 5 standards thanks to emissions of only 142g/km.

The new Abarth Punto Evo

The new Abarth Punto Evo

The EVOlution of active and passive safety

The Abarth philosophy combines both performance and safety. The Abarth Punto Evo is therefore equipped with a series of highly effective systems to guarantee safe handling on all surfaces.

TTC (Torque Transfer Control) is the key to the car’s active safety. TTC improves the transfer of torque from the engine to the wheels and guarantees excellent handling on bends, making fast driving safer and more fun than ever. TTC is a differential locking system that uses the mechanical differential as a reactive element in the transmission to control torque via the braking system and ESP sensors (wheel speed, steering angle, yaw, etc.).

TTC is activated automatically in Sport mode. When engaged, the system automatically adjusts the degree of diff locking applied in accordance with dynamic factors like speed.

In the area of safety, the Abarth Punto Evo sets new standards thanks to 7 airbags, including a driver knee airbag. The Punto Evo is one of very few cars in its segment with a driver knee airbag fitted as standard on all versions.

The Abarth Punto Evo also boasts a powerful and effective braking system. Disc brakes are fitted to all wheels, with ventilated discs and Brembo double piston, fixed calipers at the front. The suspension system is derived from a tried and tested Abarth configuration. Front suspension is provided by independent McPherson struts, while rear suspension is semi-independent with a torsion bar. Abarth has also fitted a larger anti-roll bar together with front springs that are 20% harder than those of a standard suspension system. The result is impeccable road holding plus a high level of passenger comfort.

The new Abarth Punto Evo

The new Abarth Punto Evo

The EVOlution of race-inspired aerodynamics

Also on a style level, the changes that Abarth have made to the Punto Evo concentrate on improving the car’s performance and aerodynamics.

Compared to the Fiat version of the car, the front bumper has been extended in width to incorporate the side flaps. The black intake cowl on the front has also been made deeper to match the lateral air outlets. This corrects and controls air flow and significantly improves aerodynamic efficiency around the sides of the car, just as on the full rally version.

The rear of the Abarth features a completely redesigned bumper incorporating side air outlets. The diffuser, designed to optimise air flow, is a major feature of the bumper. The diffuser is the same as on the previous version, but has been given a new surround to enhance its looks and align its styling with the front splitter.

The exhaust features larger diameter twin tail pipes, an obvious tribute to Abarth’s glorious history. The new pipes, however have been given a different satin finish.

The reversing lights and rear fog lights have been moved to the centre of the diffuser, forming a focal point as on formula racing cars, while new side reflectors outline and accentuate the profile of the aerodynamic deflector, simulating the effect created by the LED light cowl on the rear window.

The spoiler has been completely redesigned, not only in terms of colour (it is now the same colour as the rest of the body, giving the car a longer, more dynamic look), but in terms of size too. Its longer, tapered shape has improved the car’s CX and CZ values and made the new Abarth Punto EVO more stable than its predecessor.

The logo trim has also been redesigned and combined with a new grille with a more sporty appearance. In the same way the badge is no longer round as on the previous version but has returned to the original shape, as used on the 500.

The side flaps and skirts are finished in the same colour as the body, emphasising the car’s aggressive nature and its “stuck to the road” handling. The side graphics have also been restyled to match the front bumper and given new dimensions. The result is more in proportion with the side of the car and gives the body colour areas a sleeker appearance. Another new feature is the completely redesigned 17’’ spoked wheels, with the Abarth scorpion logo in the centre.

Abarth Punto Evo interior

Abarth Punto Evo interior

The car’s interior has been completely updated too. The new materials have an appearance and finish inspired by the surface of motor racing circuits, bringing all the excitement of the track into the car.

The new central control console is divided into two sections. The audio section is characterised by a black surface and a central LCD display. Underneath, a separate section houses the air conditioning controls. The top of the console houses the air vents and a storage compartment.

The purpose-designed Jaeger instrumentation features larger dials for the speedometer and rev counter, new race-inspired graphics, and a new anti-glare cowling covered in leather with open red and yellow stitching.

The visual link with the new textured seats is obvious. The seats and seat backs are upholstered in soft black leather while the seat sides are finished in high-tech fabric to give the ideal balance between comfort, breathability and wear resistance.

Abarth Punto Evo interior

Abarth Punto Evo interior

Customers can still choose the optional “Abarth Corse” seats by Sabelt. These seats offer a perfect blend of racing characteristics including light weight and the ability hold the body steady against lateral and longitudinal forces.

The EVOlution of power – the “SS” kit

As was to be expected from Abarth, a high performance kit will be made available to coincide with the launch of the Abarth Punto Evo to boost engine power even further. In keeping with Abarth tradition, the tuning kit will give the new car more power than the basic model, enabling the Multiair 1.4 16v Turbo engine to develop a maximum power of 180 HP.

Following Abarth’s performance tuning philosophy, the “SS” kit also includes modifications to chassis components, including perforated, ventilated discs, high performance brake pads, lower springs, and 18” Abarth “SS” alloy wheels painted in white or titanium, and fitted with performance tyres.

The performance delivered by the Abarth Punto Evo “SS” kit is further enhanced by a special “powered by BMC” air filter.

As for the Grande Punto and the 500, the Abarth Punto Evo’s “SS” kit comes in a classic wooden performance case. To guarantee the highest standards of quality and safety, the kit can only be installed by Abarth’s official performance tuning network.

The new Abarth Punto Evo

The new Abarth Punto Evo


ABARTH PUNTO EVO 1.4 Multiair Turbo 165 HP E5 3P Start&Stop

• 4 cylinders in line, 4 valves per cylinder, 1368 cc
• Maximum power 165 HP (120 kW) at 5500 rpm
• Peak torque 250 Nm (25.5 kgm) at 2250 rpm
• Turbocharging with a Garrett GT1446 fixed geometry turbocharger
• Electronically controlled static ignition
• Start&Stop
• Gear Shift Indicator
• New Multiair electro-hydraulic inlet valve control

• 6-speed mechanical gearbox
• Normal/Sport performance modes

• McPherson front suspension with enforced anti-roll bar
• Torsion bar strut half-independent rear suspension

Steering system
• Electro-hydraulic power steering

• Brembo M4X40 front brake caliper
• 284 mm self-ventilating front discs Ø 305 mm x 28 mm
• 228 mm rear discs Ø 264 mm x 11 mm

• ET 39 7” x 17” alloy wheels with 5 petal design and internal paint finish
• 215/45 R17” tyres

• Complies with Euro5 EEC-p5 standards

CO2 emissions
• 142 g/km

• 6.0 l/100 km in the combined cycle
• 4.8 l/100 km in the extra-urban cycle
• 8.1 l/100 km in the urban cycle

• Top speed 213 km/h

• 0-100 Km/h in 7.9 secs

Updated 10/5/2010 with interior photos.

The new Abarth 500C

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

The brand new Abarth 500C is the result of developments in both style and performance. This is not the first time that Abarth has undertaken the performance tuning of a convertible and the company has used all its past experience to improve both stylistic and technical factors.

The new Abarth 500C

The new Abarth 500C

While the eye is inevitably drawn to the new body finish, based on elegant two-tone colour schemes, the extended, dynamic-looking spoiler instantly reminds you that the Abarth 500C is first and foremost a high class sportster. In addition to enhancing the aggressive appearance of the 500C, the spoiler effectively boosts CZ loading and creates a smoother air flow.

The looks of the Abarth 500C have also benefited from the new design 17” diamond finished alloy wheels, including the sought-after diamond finished 5 petal white wheels.

Another strong point of the Abarth 500C is its exceptional interior climate and acoustic comfort. Thorough aerodynamic research has minimised turbulence with the roof open, allowing the sound of the road and engine to be enjoyed to the full. The new car therefore delivers a more complete sport driving experience and enhanced enjoyment. In an Abarth 500C, you can experience all the thrills of a real sports car. With the roof up, performance is on a par with a hard top. When the roof down, the range of sensations and emotions is dramatically extended, and includes all the pleasures of feeling the wind in your hair and the sound of the twin tail pipes.

Abarth 500C interior

Abarth 500C interior

The roof is electrically operated and slides along guides in the car’s sides to let you enjoy your Abarth 500C all year round. A true object of design, the Abarth 500C’s roof stands out for its elegant, electrically controlled movement and its impressively finished and carefully administered technical features, including a glass rear window and third brake light built into the spoiler. The soft top comes in a choice of two colours (black or titanium grey), to suit the classic Abarth colours as well as the 2 two-tone colour schemes created specially for the car: one overtly sporting (black and race white) and the other in two elegant shades of grey. Finally, a coloured graphic runs around the two-tone body, simultaneously dividing and uniting the two souls of the car: below, all the performance of a true sportster, above, all the elegance of a convertible.

The new Abarth 500C

The new Abarth 500C

Performance: Abarth tuning

The 500C is a true Abarth, as its 140 HP 1.4 Turbo T-Jet engine clearly shows. Performance is impressive: 0-100 km/h in only 8.1 seconds and a peak torque of 206 at 2000 rpm. An engine that not only delivers thrilling performance but also makes the Abarth 500C extremely pleasant to drive day in, day out.

The engine is a 4 cylinder, 16 valve, unit of 1,368 cc, fitted with an IHI RHF3-P fixed geometry turbocharger. The unit delivers exciting performance, pushing the car to a top speed of 205 km/h and accelerating it from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.1 seconds. These exceptional figures are also the result of an overboost function engaged by pressing the “Sport” button, which modifies engine control unit mapping, turbo pressure, and steering wheel loading. Yet despite its true Abarth spirit, the 500C still only consumes 6.5 l/100 km in the combined cycle.

The car’s sporting yet flexible engine is also environmentally friendly and already conforms to the strict Euro 5 standards soon to be introduced.

On top of its superb engine, the Abarth 500C boasts all the technical content of the model from which it is derived, including TTC (Torque Transfer Control) The most obvious innovation, of course, is the race-derived “ABARTH Competizione” gearbox, fitted as standard.

Abarth 500C interior

Abarth 500C interior

It was 1949 and Karl Abarth officially began marketing the first product, a race-derived gearbox with steering wheel control for the Fiat Topolino, capable of delivering quick gear changes in sporty driving conditions. With the same philosophy, more than 60 years later, the “ABARTH Competizione” is offered as standard on the Abarth 500C. This electro-hydraulically actuated, 6-speed gearbox is operated by steering wheel paddles and controlled by a system that maximises economy and performance when driven hard.

The innovative MTA-derived (Manual Transmission Automated) system is based on a conventional mechanical gearbox on which the traditional gear lever has been replaced with an actuator electronically controlled by the TCU (Transmission Control Unit) to optimise gear changes and mechanical efficiency. The gearbox can be used in two modes: auto for maximum comfort, and manual for maximum performance. “Sport” mode can be engaged in both gearbox modes and reduces gear shift times.

The new “ABARTH Competizione” gearbox makes driving even more fun thanks to race-derived functions like steering wheel paddle-shifting, just like on a real super-car.

Further confirmation that the 500C is a genuine Abarth comes from the fact that a specific “SS” tuning kit is currently being developed specially for it, offering an even higher level of performance.

The Abarth 500C is aimed at customers seeking everything the scorpion brand represents in terms of performance and innovation, plus the ultimate in style and versatility.

The new Abarth 500C

The new Abarth 500C


The Abarth 500C incorporates all the safety systems already installed on the Abarth 500.

Designed to conform to the strictest standards, the Abarth 500C is one of the safest vehicles in its class. Stable and effective braking, exhilarating acceleration from a 140 HP engine, and ultra-reliable handling mean that the Abarth 500C will get you through even the tightest scrapes without you batting an eyelid. The 500C is equipped as standard with 7 airbags (two front, two window and two side airbags plus one driver knee airbag): a record for this class of vehicle. The new version is also equipped with sophisticated technical solutions to maximise active safety and control: these include ABS with EBD (Electronic Braking Distribution), a sophisticated ESP system (Electronic Stability Program), ASR (Anti Slip Regulation) traction control, Hill Holder to facilitate starting off on slopes, and HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assistance) to help with emergency braking.

The Abarth 500C also features two advanced control systems: “TTC” (Torque Transfer Control) and “GSI” (Gear Shift Indicator). TTC improves the transfer of torque from the engine to the wheels and in particular gives excellent handling on bends, making sports driving safer and more fun than ever. GSI (Gear Shift Indicator) provides a signal on the instrument panel (a LED that flashes five times) to tell you when to change gear. In Normal mode, GSI tells you that changing up will help reduce fuel consumption. In Sport mode, the signal means that changing gear will give you better performance.

Finally, the Abarth 500C is fitted with dynamic systems and comfort-enhancing equipment to ensure that occupants enjoy luxury as well as safety on all types of journey. Take the suspension system for example. The front suspension is based on independent McPherson struts, while the rear suspension is semi-independent, with an inter-connecting torsion bar. Specially developed by Magneti Marelli, both suspension schemes have been optimised specifically for the Abarth 500C to ensure superb handling and the highest possible level of comfort.

The new Abarth 500C

The new Abarth 500C


ABARTH 500C – 140 HP 1.4 16v Turbo T-Jet

• 4 cylinders in line, 4 valves per cylinder, 1368 cc
• Maximum power 140 HP (103 kW) at 5000 rpm
• Peak torque 206 Nm at 2000 rpm in Sport mode
• IHI RHF3-P fixed geometry turbocharger

• “Abarth Competizione” 5-speed gearbox
• MTA shift system with electrical actuation of mechanical gearbox and steering wheel paddles

• McPherson strut independent front suspension
• Torsion bar rear suspension with special calibration and anti-roll bar

Steering system
• Dualdrive electric power steering with Sport mode
• Sport/overboost button (modifies effect of Dualdrive electric power steering and boosts engine torque from 180 Nm to 206 Nm)

• ZPH 4.1.2 floating front caliper with 54-mm ø piston
• Self-ventilating front discs, diameter 284 x 22 mm
• CII 34 floating rear caliper with 34-mm ø piston
• 240 mm x 11 mm ø rear discs
• Electronic Stability Program
• TTC (Torque Transfer Control)

• Standard: 6.5×16” aluminium alloy wheels with 195/45 R16” tyres
• Optional: 7×17” aluminium alloy wheels with 205/40 R17” tyres

• Complies with Euro5 EEC-f5 standards

CO2 emissions
• 155 g/km

• Top speed 205 km/h
• Acceleration 0-100 km/h in 8.1 secs

• 6.5 l/100 km in the combined cycle –
• 5.4 l/100 km in the extra-urban cycle –
• 8.5 l/100 km in the urban cycle

• Roof open/close switch
• Glass rear window

Updated 10/5/2010 with interior photos.

The BRM V12-T-44-Abarth watch

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

A unique watch with the brand of the Scorpion: the new BRM V12-T-44-Abarth is here!

Sporting spirit, stylish design, strong character and advanced technology: this same explosive cocktail has taken two great companies to the top in their respective sectors. It is only natural, therefore, for Abarth to associate its name with that of famous French watch makers BRM to produce a truly special, limited series watch, personalised with Abarth colours. That watch is the BRM V12-T-44-Abarth.

The BRM V12-T-44-Abarth watch

The BRM V12-T-44-Abarth watch

The BRM V12-T-44-Abarth is a creation of rare elegance, like an Abarth car in terms of sporting philosophy, personalisation and inimitable style. Made in a limited series of only 49, the BRM V12-T-44-Abarth will be sold exclusively through the website at a price of 4,900 €.

Inspired by Abarth style, the BRM V12-T-44-Abarth is an automatic chronograph of 44 mm in diameter, with a black titanium case and a black crown engraved with the characteristic Abarth scorpion. The buttons are elegantly engraved with “Start / Stop” and “Back to Zero”. The black display features white numbering with the BRM and Abarth logos, also in white. The hour and minute hands are in chrome, while the second hand is in red and the sub-display hands are in yellow. The black Nomex strap features red stitching exactly like that of an Abarth fascia. The heart of the BRM V12-T-44-Abarth is an ETA Valjoux 7753 automatic Swiss movement. Every watch is numbered on the back.

The BRM brand is the creation of the competitive spirit that has driven its creator, Bernard Richards, from his earliest years. BRM has been making watches for over 25 years and produces some 2,000 examples a year at its factory at Magny en Vexin. The entire production is hand finished and subjected to continuous quality controls (in which a hundredth of a millimetre is the maximum permitted tolerance).


BRM V12-T-44-Abarth
Automatic chronograph
Case size 44 mm
Case material: black PVD titanium
Abarth scorpion engraved on black crown
Buttons engraved with “Start / Stop” and “Back to Zero”.
Strap clasp in brushed steel
Black display with white numbers and logos (Abarth and BRM)
Chrome hour and minute hands
Red chronograph hand
Yellow sub-display hands
Black Nomex strap with red stitching
(Extra strap in black rubber)
Strap buckle in black PVD with grey clasps
3 year warranty

“ETA Valjoux 7753” Swiss automatic chronograph movement
Case and lugs in superfine 18/8 stainless steel
Waterproof to a depth of 100 m
Sapphire concave crystal glass (base and lens)
Black section of case: extra hard PVD titanium
Super light hands
Superfine stainless steel screws

Round case
28,800 BPH
27 rubies, 46 hours reserve
Case thickness 7.90 mm
60s chronograph
12 hour 30 minute countdown
Date button at 10.00
Chronograph start/stop button at 2:00
Chronograph reset button at 4:00