New Delhi, 20 February 2014: Showing in rosso red and compovolo grey paint at Auto Expo 2014, new 500 Abarth – a high performance version of the Fiat 500 city car which will go into sale in India on mid 2015.
The Abarth 500 is developed by Fiat Group Automobiles Style Centre in the spirit of the legendary Fiat 500 Abarth of the 1960s, and is powered by a Esseessee, 1.4 16 V Turbo, which delivers a maximum of 160 ps at 5,500 rpm, and peak torque of 230 Nm at 2,750 rpm in ‘Sports’ mode, while in ‘Normal’ mode, torque is reduced to 201 Nm at 2,750 rpm. This smooth and responsive new engine is also environmentally compatible. Like the Fiat 500 from which it is derived, the new 500 Abarth meets future Euro 5 emissions legislation.
The dramatic styling is not a mere exercise in interpretation, as the 500 Abarth optimises aerodynamic behaviour, reducing drag and increasing high speed stability, while the sideskirts also improve the Cd figure. Inside, the 500 features special instrumentation, with the addition of an analogue gauge to measure turbo pressure. An LED telltale that optimises gear changes by lighting up at the appropriate moment, is also incorporated. Putting cherry on the cake is gas discharge headlamps, sunroof, lowered suspension with up-rated springs, 17″ alloy wheels, 7 airbags, twin exhaust outlets, ABS, EBD, HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assistance), parking sensors, fog lights, hi-fi music system and much more.