2008 Fiat Abarth 500

2008 Fiat Abarth 500

2008 Fiat Abarth 500

18/02/2008 -The return of the Abarth brand continues with the Fiat 500 Abarth.

As envisaged by the plans to revive the brand, the Abarth & C. Spa company has set up new premises in the Mirafiori complex in Turin, bringing together the manufacturing, design and management functions for the whole company, as well as the staff of the Racing Team who were formerly housed in the historical plant in the nearby town of Chivasso.

From racing to our everyday roads, but always with a sporty approach. This is the goal behind the debut of the long-awaited ‘500 Abarth’, announced for the coming Geneva International Motor Show. The new car was developed by the Fiat Group Automobiles Style Centre in the spirit of the legendary Fiat 500 Abarth of the 1960s, and will be marketed from July through the exclusive Abarth network.

With a strong sporty personality, the new car will be powered by a Fire 1.4 16v petrol Turbo engine, which delivers a maximum of 135 bhp (99 kW) at 5,500 rpm and peak torque of 206 Nm at 3,000 rpm in ‘Sport’ mode (in ‘Normal’ mode, torque is reduced to 180 Nm at 2,500 rpm). This brilliant, smooth new engine is also a friend of the environment: like the regular Fiat model it is derived from, the new Abarth will respect future Euro 5 legislation.

Another interesting feature of the 500 Abarth is the fact that it adopts the new TTC (Torque Transfer Control) system, which improves the transfer of drive torque to the wheels, but, above all, ensures that the car behaves impeccably on bends, making it safer and more entertaining even with a sporty driving style. In other words, it is faithful to the phrase coined for the Abarths of the 1960s ‘small but wicked’.

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In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
released at 2008 Geneva Motor Shoq
built at Tychy, Poland
body stylist Roberto Giolito
price $ $ 15,500
price €/td> €15,000
price £/td> £13,500
engine 1.4 16v Turbo T-Jet Inline-4
position Front Transverse
aspiration IHI RHF3-P Turbocharger
ignition Coil-On-PLug
block material Aluminum Alloy
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Sequential Multipoint Injection
displacement 1368 cc / 83.5 in³
bore 72 mm / 2.83 in
stroke 84 mm / 3.31 in
compression 11.0:1
power 100.7 kw / 135 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output 98.68 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 118.94 bhp per tonne
torque 206 nm / 151.9 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm
redline 6500
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels FWD
front tires 195/45 R16
rear tires 195/45 R16
front brakes Ventilated Discs
f brake size 22 x 284 mm / 0.9 x 11.2 in
rear brakes Solid Discs
r brake size 11 x 240 mm / 0.4 x 9.4 in
front wheels F 40.6 x 16.5 cm / 16 x 6.5 in
rear wheels R 40.6 x 16.5 cm / 16 x 6.5 in
f suspension MacPherson Struts w/Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Torsion Beam w/Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 1135 kg / 2500 lbs
weight distro 64 % / 36 %
wheelbase 2300 mm / 90.6 in
front track 1407 mm / 55.4 in
rear track 1397 mm / 55.0 in
length 3669 mm / 144.4 in
width 1628 mm / 64.1 in
height 1491 mm / 58.7 in
transmission FPT C510 5-Speed Transmission
gear ratios 3.909:1, 2.238:1, 1.520:1, 1.156:1, 0.872:1
final drive 3.35:1
top speed ~205 kph / 127.30 mph
0 – 100 kph ~7.9 seconds
fuel econ epa 7.59 L/100 km or 31 mpg-us
city fuel econ epa 8.40 L/100 km or 28 mpg-us
hwy fuel econ epa 6.92 L/100 km or 34 mpg-us
emission 155 g/km

Story by Abarth & C. S.p.A., edited by Supercars.net