Posts Tagged ‘esseesse’

Clarkson reviews Fiat 500 Abarth on BBC Top Gear

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Thankfully, for Top Gear’s review of the Fiat 500 Abarth, they didn’t give the car to Captain Slow, James May. Instead, Jezza did it. And he quite liked it.

Jeremy Clarkson reviews Fiat 500 Abarth on BBC Top Gear

Jeremy Clarkson reviews Fiat 500 Abarth on BBC Top Gear

Disappointing that Fiat UK appeared to supply a car with the roof-mounted aerial missing, but impressive to see the 500 Abarth’s lap-time (1:35.5) being posted above the Lotus Elise and Alfa 8C.

500 Abarth Esseesse kit installation video

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

A nice little teaser video for the 500 Abarth Esseesse kit appeared on the Abarth YouTube channel yesterday. It shows a 500 Abarth being fitted with the new air filter, brake discs and wheels, although it all happens pretty quickly.

Still, it’s 1min 33 seconds of entertainment for those with a 500 Abarth on order.

500 Abarth Esseesse kit installation video

Mese dello Scorpione – The “Month of Scorpio” according to Abarth

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Abarth Italy is celebrating the “Month of Scorpio” during which the company will offer a calendar of events dedicated to Carlo Abarth, the legendary founder born a century ago under this astrological sign (15 November 1908).

The celebration runs from 23rd October to 22nd November, and will involve the Italian Abarth dealer network of 49 outlets.

The event will allow the public to test-drive the Abarth range, discover the history behind the brand, and admire the collection of clothing and accessories.

There’ll be a chance to drive the Grande Punto Abarth with both the popular “Assetto” and “esseesse” kits fitted – to date, more than 600 kits have been sold already.

Grande Punto Abarth esseesse

Grande Punto Abarth esseesse

Other events will follow in the next few weeks. For example, an exhibition will be held in Turin titled “from 0 to 100” that illustrates the life of Carlo Abarth and his legendary adventures through cars, objects and photographs.  The exhibition takes place at Torino Esposizioni, Turin, and opens on 16th November.

There will also be a special event on the weekend of 15th – 16th November devoted to the brand new “esseesse” kit for the Abarth 500.

Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse

Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse

Grande Punto Abarth ‘Assetto’ and ‘esseesse’ prices

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Abarth dealers are finally beginning to issue finalised prices for the Grande Punto Abarth’s Assetto and Esseesse tuning kits.

GPA Assetto kit: £2,195 fitted
GPA Esseesse kit: £3,995 fitted

These prices include fitting and VAT.

For a reminder of what each kit contains, read this.

Fifth Gear TV Grande Punto Abarth review

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

TV’s Fifth Gear review of the Grande Punto Abarth and Esseesse aired last night, and is available now on YouTube (below).

Generally, tester Tom Ford liked the car, concluding that the GP Abarth was the “pick of the junior hot-hatch bunch,” at least until Ford bring out the new Fiesta ST sometime next year. His test car leaked a little during heavy rain, but he rated the Esseesse kit after driving it up Harewood Hillclimb.

Take a look…

Fifth Gear TV Grande Punto Abarth review

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

Abarth at the Paris International Motor Show

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

It is only a few months since the 500 Abarth was launched, but there is no stopping Abarth & C. S.p.A. as they bring several more new products to the Paris Motor Show. The major new developments include a world preview of the “esseesse” kit for the 500 Abarth, the Assetto Corse Abarth and a new collection of technical equipment produced in partnership with Basic Net (owner of the prestigious Kappa, Robe di Kappa, Superga and K-way brands).

Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse

Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse

In particular, the spotlight will be on the “esseesse” kit for the 500 Abarth, which evokes the glorious history of the Scorpion. Carlo Abarth always concentrated his efforts on developing the performance of standard-production cars, but it was only after a meeting with Vittorio Valletta (President of Fiat from 1946-1966) that the conditions were put in place for development of the famous conversion kit. In 1958, the year in which Abarth & C. Spa was recognised as a solid international company, an important agreement was sealed which allowed Abarth & C. to use the semi-finished bodyshells of cars on which they could design their conversions using special parts.

This link to a major car manufacturer allowed the company, based in Corso Marche (Turin) to develop and fine-tune its preparation of small vehicles. Carlo Abarth’s aim was to design a simple, standardised performance enhancement technique so that any workshop, mechanic or even the customer himself could fit the parts to their vehicles.

The new Abarth – underlining its desire to carry on the historic work of Abarth & Co by bringing it up to date – now brings us the first conversion kit dedicated to the 500 Abarth. The whole concept of the Paris stand is based on car preparation, with the presentation of the 500 Abarth “esseesse” kit and the Assetto Corse Abarth version. The public will be able to see the various levels of Abarth “empowerment”, through which everyone can find their ideal performance level. From the entry-level car, the range continues with a specific kit, through to the “assetto corse” racing set-up which represents the ultimate Abarth performance.

Original and extremely eye-catching, the display area is characterised by those elements of the Scorpion philosophy that have made it so unique and popular worldwide: the tough spirit, speed, and an innate desire to win.

Compared to previous shows, nothing has changed as far as the brand’s distinctive identity is concerned: the colour red, a great passion for cars, the red and white chequered flag used to signal the end of endurance races (the competitions in which Abarth has notched up its greatest achievements), and the yellow and red shield with the black scorpion, representing the stinging zodiac sign of this mechanical genius. The beautiful polished white floor only adds to the dynamic look of the stand, while the materials and finishes almost fade into the background in order to show off the car and the kits – the real protagonists of the stand.

Fiat 500 Abarth Assetto Corse

Fiat 500 Abarth Assetto Corse

500 Abarth and the “esseesse” kit are sharing the Paris stage with another star: the 500 Abarth Assetto Corse, to represent the coming together of two worlds: racing and ordinary road driving. Each draws strength from the other in a mix of past and present, the historic and the contemporary, tradition and technology – an integral part of the Abarth story. The stand also makes room for technology, with interactive features like the car configurator so that visitors can view the different versions of each model. The parts look so real you can almost reach out and touch them. There is also a series of interactive screens which brings the Abarth world to life: a way to discover, hear and share that empowerment – the capacity to make a normal product into something outstanding – which makes Abarth unique.

Paris is the perfect opportunity to really find out about the world of Abarth preparation which is already proving to be a great hit with the “Assetto” and “esseesse” kits available for the Grande Punto Abarth 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 155 CV. Over 600 kits have been sold in just a few months. The distribution network, unique in its class and steadily growing, has been a key factor in achieving these significant results. The European target has been achieved, with 100 dealers now operating in Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Greece, Belgium, Portugal, Spain and Poland. There are 100 official converters and about 200 workshops. By year-end Abarth will make its début in non-European markets, first of all in Japan which is keenly awaiting the Scorpion’s arrival.

Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse to be unveiled next month

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

A post appeared on the Abarth blog today with the news that the Esseesse kit for the new 500 Abarth will be shown in public for the first time at the Paris Motor Show, which opens on 4th October.

The post also mentions the Assetto Corse, which we’d already blogged about earlier, and Google interestingly translates as “Racing Trim.”

There are also a couple of new pictures of the 500 Abarth Esseesse:

Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse

Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse

Fiat 500 Abarth Assetto Corse

Fiat 500 Abarth Assetto Corse

How to fit the ‘esseesse’ kit to a Grande Punto Abarth

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Want to know what’s involved in fitting the ‘esseesse’ kit to a Grande Punto Abarth? Here’s the process, start to finish, in a 9m 46s video courtesy of YouTube member ‘millekrisztian’:

Fitting a Grande Punto Abarth

Grande Punto Abarth road tax (VED) rates

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Thinking of buying a new Grande Punto Abarth but confused by the imminent changes to the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) or ‘road tax?’ Here’s the deal:

The Grande Punto Abarth has a CO2 output of 162 g/km. At today’s VED rates, that places it in Band D, which costs £145 a year.

For 2009/10 when the number of VED bands expands to 13, the GP Abarth will slot into Band H, with a bill for £175.

In 2010/11, the Band H rate will be increased to £180. In addition, those buying the car new will have to pay an increased rate of £250 for the first year, reverting to the standard rate after that.

The rates for 2011/12 haven’t been announced, but it has been suggested that bands H and above will have their rates increased by £5 each year over and above whatever inflation-linked increase the Treasury slaps on us.

Year VED Band First year rate Standard rate
2008/9 D £145 £145
2009/10 H £175 £175
2010/11 H £250 £180

There is some cunning good news, though. If you have the ‘esseesse’ kit fitted to your GP, there is no requirement to alter the recorded CO2 figure on your V5 log book. So, despite the fact that fitting a dirty great turbo and a more aggressive fuel map will undoubtedly ratchet up your car’s CO2 production, you won’t be taxed any more for it.

For the tax-averse, that suddenly makes the Grande Punto Abarth ‘esseesse’ significantly more attractive than, say, a Clio Renaultsport 197 which, with 199 g/km of CO2, currently pays £210 a year, rising to £270.