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Koni FSD damper kits for Abarth 500

Friday, October 15th, 2010

The Koni FSD (“Frequency Selective Damping”) dampers announced as part of the esseesse kits for both Abarth 500C and Abarth Punto Evo, are now available to buy separately.

Abarthisti have managed to secure a number of kits at the special price of £549 inc. VAT – a saving of more than £120 over the usual retail price.

The Koni FSD technology uses a revolutionary new technique to combine the benefits of firm and comfortable suspension in a single perfect shock absorber: firm for sporty driving on even road surfaces, comfortable for a smooth ride on uneven road surfaces.

This new feature is an integrated part of the hydraulic valving system inside the damper. Consequently, there are no additional cables, sensors, or any other electronic devices needed to operate this system.

Koni FSD damper kits for Abarth 500

Koni FSD damper kits

The kits are available to buy now from the Abarthisti Shop.

Kits for the Abarth Punto Evo and Abarth Grande Punto are expected to follow soon.


Blue&Me TomTom for Abarth Punto Evo

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

The new Abarth Punto Evo comes as standard with a dedicated port for a new satellite navigation solution jointly developed by Fiat and TomTom.

The port, which carries its own power, allows the new Blue&Me TomTom to be mounted securely on top of the dashboard without the need for bulky windscreen mounts or trailing wires.

Blue&Me TomTom for Abarth Punto Evo

Blue&Me TomTom for Abarth Punto Evo

The system also integrates with the car’s Blue&Me system, and can be controlled via the steering wheel-mounted buttons.  The system can even warn you if you have insufficient fuel to complete your jouney, and can then direct you to the nearest petrol station. Routes are calculated using TomTom’s IQ Routes technology which uses real-world data collected from millions of journeys regarding rush hours, traffic lights, schools and shopping crowds.

The new Blue&Me TomTom for Punto Evo is available to buy now from the Abarthisti shop for £259.99.


Kappa Abarth merchandise now available to buy from Abarthisti

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

The new range of official Abarth merchandise by Kappa is now available to buy from the Abarthisti Shop.

The range includes items such as the utterly fantastic Abarth Squadra Corse by Kappa Men’s Jacket in white – windproof, water-repellent, stainless and breathable, incorporating four layers of comfort bonded fabric and Kappa Cold Buster® technology:

Abarth Squadra Corse by Kappa Men's Jacket

Abarth Squadra Corse by Kappa Men's Jacket

…and the Abarth Squadra Corse by Kappa Men’s Fleece in white, made from 100% Cotton with elastic rib borders, embroidered logos and applied felted patches:

Abarth Squadra Corse by Kappa Men's Fleece

Abarth Squadra Corse by Kappa Men's Fleece

There’s also a pair of Kappa caps, in a choice of grey or white:

Abarth Cap in Grey, Abarth by Kappa

Abarth Cap in Grey, Abarth by Kappa

There are 24 new Kappa Abarth items in total, comprising jackets, fleeces, T-shirts, shorts, trousers, belts, caps, available in both men’s and ladies’ sizes, plus the existing range of Abarth merchandise.

Head on over to the Abarthisti Shop to see the full range.


Insurance groups for new Abarth Punto Evo and Abarth 500C revealed

Monday, June 28th, 2010

The insurance groups for the new Abarth Punto Evo and Abarth 500C have been revealed.

The industry has moved to a new 50-group system as a replacement for the previous 1-20 groups. To make comparison easier, I’ve included the Abarth 500 and Grande Punto in the table below:

Car Group
Abarth 500 26
Abarth 500C 27
Abarth 500 esseesse 28
. . . . . .
Abarth Grande Punto 30
Abarth Punto Evo 32
Abarth Grande Punto esseesse 34

Given its fabric roof, the Abarth 500C compares well with its tin-top brothers, while the Punto Evo comes in at about where we’d expect, given its power and price increases.

Source: Abarthisti Forum (Abarth 500C insurance, Abarth Punto Evo insurance)


Abarth 500C UK prices and options

Monday, June 21st, 2010

We’ve established the factory options and UK prices for the new Abarth 500C.

As we revealed earlier, the Abarth 500C will be available next month priced from £17,500 on-the-road.

Standard specification includes:-

  • Dark tinted windows
  • Xenon headlights
  • ‘Abarth Competizione’ 5-speed MTA transmission
  • Steering wheel-mounted paddles
  • Blue&Me
  • Reverse parking sensors
  • Smoking kit

The factory options are as below:-

Option Price
Leather sports interior £800
Climate Control £260
50/50 split-folding rear seats (included with leather) £150
Auto-dimming rear view mirror £100
Red brake calipers and wheel centre caps with red border £150
Interscope Hi-fi system £260
17″ diamond-finish alloy wheel in white, 5-petal design £175
17″ diamond-finish alloy wheel with anthracite background, 5-spoke design £175
Red/White/Black Stripes and Mirrors £160
White Trim Liner £46
Black Trim Liner £46
Red Trim Liner Pack (Bicolour only – inc. Red body line, red brake calipers, red wheel centre cap borders) £200
Wind stop £150

Available colours are listed as Gara White (£400), Officina Red (£400), the new Record Grey metallic (£400), plus the two Bicolour options of Scorpion Black/Gara White (£900) and Pista Grey/Campovolo Grey (£900). Campovolo Grey is now the no-cost option.

There’s an incredibly complex array of choices of colours for hood colour (Black or Titanium Grey), rear spoiler colour (Matt Black, Titanium Grey, or body-coloured), and interior trims (Black Sports Cloth, or leather in Black, Grey, or Tan).  Most choices are only available with certain paint colours (Pista/Campovolo Grey Bi-colour cars can only have Titanium Grey hoods and spoilers, for instance), and these are best discussed with your dealer.

The new Abarth 500C

The new Abarth 500C

Source: Abarthisti Forum


Abarth Punto Evo UK specification and options

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

We’ve established the UK specification and available options for the new Abarth Punto Evo.

As standard, the £16,500 Abarth Punto Evo is set to feature:-

  • Dark tinted windows
  • Cruise Control
  • Blue&Me
  • Interscope hi-fi system
  • Preparation for anti-theft alarm
  • Preparation for satellite navigation
  • Locking fuel filler cap
  • Red brake calipers
  • Smoking kit

The available options are set out in the table below, along with their prices which, for the most part, appear to have been carried over from the Abarth Grande Punto.

Option Price
Leather Sports interior £850
Electric “Sky Dome” sunroof £725
Dual Climate Control £260
Auto-dimming rear view mirror £160
Rain sensing windscreen wipers (only with the above) £80
Front centre armrest £110
Abarth Corse Seats by Sabelt in Leather/Alcantara £1,690
Abarth Corse Seats by Sabelt in Fabric £1,320
Alternative 17″ alloy wheels with 205/45 tyres £150
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) £250
White/Black/Red Stripe & Mirror kits £160
Preparation for CD Multi-changer £100
Chrome mirrors £60
12v socket £28

Campovolo Grey is now the no-cost colour option, with 1949 White, Scorpion Black and Velocity Red all now £400 options.

Update: these prices have now been confirmed.

The new Abarth Punto Evo

The new Abarth Punto Evo

Source: Abarthisti Forum.


Abarth 500C, Abarth Punto Evo and Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari UK prices revealed

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

We’ve heard from sources currently in Italy that UK pricing for the three eagerly-anticipated new Abarth models has been set as follows:-

Abarth 500C: £17,500.
Abarth Punto Evo: £16,500.
Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari: €35,500.

The source also says that the 500C will feature the automated manual (“flappy paddle”) gearbox as standard, along with xenon headlights and rear parking sensors.

Sales of the 695 are being handled by Abarth Italy, and as such all monies are apparently to be paid to them direct, cutting Abarth UK out of the equation.

We’re pleasantly surprised at the price of the Abarth Punto Evo – £16,500 compares very favourably with the £15,295 of the Fiat Punto Evo Sporting.

More details when we have them.


Abarth 500C Italian pricing revealed

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The Italian pricing for the new Abarth 500C has been revealed today.

The Abarth 500C will be priced from €21,000 – an up-lift of around €2,200 over the tin-top Abarth 500.

The ‘Bicolore’ two-tone version shown at Geneva is priced a little higher – at €22,700.

The only option currently listed is Climate Control at €140.

This largely confirms our previous estimation that, given the Fiat 500C’s £3,000 uplift over the standard Fiat 500 in the UK, the Abarth 500C is likely to land here in July wearing a £17,500 starting price tag.

We’ll hopefully know more later this week after the dealer conference in Italy.

The new Abarth 500C

The new Abarth 500C


Abarth Punto Evo Italian pricing revealed

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The Italian pricing for the new Abarth Punto Evo has been announced today.

The Abarth Punto Evo will start from €19,400 – an up-lift of around €1,500 over the Abarth Grande Punto that it replaces.

Given the £15,295 UK price tag of the 135 bhp Fiat Punto Evo Sporting, we’re still expecting the new Abarth Punto Evo to figure in around the £17,000 mark when it arrives here in July.

The new Abarth Punto Evo

The new Abarth Punto Evo


New Abarth developments for 2010

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Here’s a quick run-down of what we understand will be the main developments for Abarth in the UK next year:

The Abarth 500C comes to the UK in June July 2010.  Expect it to feature Start&Stop technology as standard, plus Xenon headlights and rear parking sensors.  This will mean an uplift in prices, as these options by themselves would normally add £1,050 to the price of a standard 500C.  No word yet on exactly what the sticker price will be, though.

The Abarth 500 continues largely unchanged for 2010, having already had its options list extended a couple of months ago with Xenons, etc.  Contrary to rumours, it won’t be getting the new MultiAir engine until 2011 at the earliest, so fence-sitters might as well get their orders in now.

The new Abarth Grande Punto will arrive in July 2010.  It won’t be called Punto Evo – that will be reserved for its Fiat brother – but will instead retain the Grande Punto name.  Its design is said to widen the gap between the Fiat and Abarth versions, and we’re hoping that means no Armco barrier across the front bumper or ugly Chrysler badge.

It’ll come with a 1.4-litre turbocharged MultiAir engine developing 170bhp 165 bhp (for some reason!) as standard.  Start&Stop will be standard, too.  More exciting, though, is the option of an MTA (automated manual) transmission, possibly with steering wheel-mounted paddles (update: still no word on this).

An Assetto handling kit will be available from launch, but the esseesse kit will follow on later.  Details of the kit are still being worked on. (update: esseesse likely to be available first, although with a disappointing 15 bhp increase).

The last piece of news is that the Abarth hillclimb challenge, using the Abarth Grande Punto 500, will likely make a repeat appearance for 2010, with an anticipated eight events across the country.

(Various updates applied as news comes through).