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  1. What are the dimensions of the Fiat 500 Abarth?
  2. What are the dimensional differences between the standard 500 and the 500 Abarth?
  3. How much does the Fiat 500 Abarth weigh?
  4. What is the weight difference between the Fiat 500 Abarth and the standard 500?
  5. What is the carrying capacity of the Fiat 500 Abarth?
  6. What is the top speed of the Fiat 500 Abarth?
  7. What size wheels and tires come on the Fiat 500 Abarth?
  8. What is the standard factory spark plug installed in the Fiat 500 Abarth?
  9. What is the oil capacity of the Fiat 500 Abarth?
  10. What is the fuel capacity of the Fiat 500 Abarth?
  11. What engine does the Fiat 500 Abarth have?
  12. How about some more details on the 500 Abarth's engine.
  13. What are the exterior differences between a normal Fiat 500 and a Fiat 500 Abarth?
  14. What are the differences between the interiors of the Fiat 500 and the 500 Abarth?
  15. The 500 Abarth has ‘TTC’ (Torque Transfer Control), what is it?
  16. What is ‘GSI’ (Gear Shift Indicator) system?
  17. What is the Abarth 500 “Assetto Corse”
  18. What is the Abarth 500 “esseesse”



  1. What are the dimensions of the Fiat 500 Abarth?

    Length 143.98 inches (3657mm)

    Wheelbase 90.55 inches (2300mm)

    Width 64.06 inches (1627mm)

    Height 58.46 inches (1485mm)

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  2. What are the dimensional differences between the standard 500 and the 500 Abarth?

    The 500 Abarth is 4.37 inches (111mm) longer due to the increase in front and rear overhang. The front overhang is 2.87 inches (73mm) longer mainly due to the increase space needed in front of the car for the intercooler and turbo plumbing. The rear is 1.61 inches (41mm) longer due to the revised rear bumper/apron/exhaust treatment.

    The height is .12 inches (4mm) lower. Interestingly, the wheel tracks is smaller than the standard 500. The front is .2 inches (5mm) smaller at 55.72 inches (1409mmm) and the rear is .24 inches (6mm) smaller at 55.19 inches (1402mm).

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  3. How much does the Fiat 500 Abarth weigh?

    2282lbs or 1035kg

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  4. What is the weight difference between the Fiat 500 Abarth and the standard 500?

    About 231lbs (105kg) compared to the 1.4L 500 sport.

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  5. What is the carrying capacity of the Fiat 500 Abarth?

    859lbs (390kg)

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  6. What is the top speed of the Fiat 500 Abarth?

    127mph (205kph)

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  7. What size wheels and tires come on the Fiat 500 Abarth?

    • Standard: 6.5 x 16” aluminum alloy rim - Tires: 195/45 R16”

    • Options: 7x 17” aluminum alloy rim - Tires: 205/40 R17”

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  8. What is the standard factory spark plug installed in the Fiat 500 Abarth?

    NGK IKR9F8

    You can read more about the Abarth's spark plugs here.

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  9. What is the oil capacity of the Fiat 500 Abarth?

    3 quarts (2.9 liters) with oil filter.

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  10. What is the fuel capacity of the Fiat 500 Abarth?

    The 500 Abarth has a 9.24 gallon (35 liters) gas tank.

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  11. What engine does the Fiat 500 Abarth have?

    A 1.4L turbo gas engine with 135 hp.

    Breaking news is that the US version of the 500 Abarth will have up to 170hp. This is achieved with Multiair valve actuation and other modifications.

    You can read more about this breaking new here.

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  12. How about some more details on the 500 Abarth's engine.

    1.4 16v petrol Turbo engine that delivers a maximum power of 135 bhp (99 Kw) at 5500 rpm and a maximum torque of 206 Nm at 3000 rpm in ‘Sport’ mode (in ‘Normal’ mode, the torque remains 180 Nm at 2500 rpm).

    The engine is a 1368 cm3 4 cylinder 16 valve unit (turbo charged with a fixed geometry IHI RHF3-P turbocharger) that delivers exhilarating performance. Top speed is 205 km/h while acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes place in just 7.9 seconds. This is partly achieved by the overboost function, activated by the ‘Sport’ button that modulates control unit mapping and turbo pressure in addition to load on the steering wheel.

    The Abarth's engine development was oversaw by Paolo Martinelli, head of the Petrol Engine Development division at Fiat Powertrain Technology and previously head of Scuderia Ferrari's Engine Department from 1994 to 2006 (who was responsible for developing the Ferrari V10 Formula One engines that won 6 constructor championships).

    You can read more about the 500 Abarth here.

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  13. What are the exterior differences between a normal Fiat 500 and a Fiat 500 Abarth?

    The front end makes a specific statement that the 500 Abarth is an out-and-out GT: the three-part pattern formed by the air intakes comprises a central intake that is larger than on the basic model, and an upper slot (above the number plates) that is also wider. The two symmetrical ‘nostrils’ on either side of the bumpers correspond exactly to the position of two corresponding intercoolers that can be seen through the openings and are there to ensure air is able to flow in and out.

    The front end bumper cap has been shifted forward to create the space needed for the turbocharger. This makes the side profile of the 500 Abarth more pronounced and striking in pitch-perfect Abarth tradition: on the 850 TC and 1000 TC models, no-nonsense external manifolds were a recognizable feature of the brand. The Abarth logo ‘floats’ on a finned surface that acts as an additional air intake.

    A special bumper, aerodynamic extractor, twin exhaust terminal and tailgate spoiler that give it a sporting look but also excellent aerodynamic performance. A scorpion logo is printed above the silencer, just as on the historical Abarth exhausts.

    The wheel rims, available in 16 and 17 inch sizes, come in different styles: from multi-spoked rims to rims bordered by holes.

    You can read more about the 500 Abarth here.

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  14. What are the differences between the interiors of the Fiat 500 and the 500 Abarth?

    The out-and-out racing interiors on the 500 Abarth feature specific instruments and an analogue pressure gauge used to measure the turbo pressure. The pressure gauge contains a ‘GSI’ (Gear Shift Indicator) that turns on an LED to encourage the driver to shift gear.

    The main gauge, with sporting graphics, is lipped on top to offer further protection against glare while the three-spoke steering wheel incorporates molded grips for the thumbs and is leveled off at the base to ensure increased passenger room and space for adjustment.

    The aluminum pedals with rubber inserts also reveal a clear racing vocation, as does the gear knob (leather trimmed with a more ergonomic grip for sporty use) and handbrake lever grip (also in leather).

    The seats with head restraints built into the back rest also reveal a special Abarth design with a wraparound configuration in order to hold the body tightly in position even when cornering. They can be trimmed in leather, in two black or red specifications, or in two types of different cloth.

    You can read more about the 500 Abarth here.

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  15. The 500 Abarth has ‘TTC’ (Torque Transfer Control), what is it?

    Improves the transfer of drive torque to the wheels and, in particular, guarantees excellent cornering behavior thus making the car safer and more entertaining during a sporty drive.

    You can read more about the 500 Abarth here.

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  16. What is ‘GSI’ (Gear Shift Indicator) system?

    ‘GSI’ (Gear Shift Indicator) encourages the driver to shift gear by turning on a special indicator on the control panel (an LED flashes five consecutive times). In detail, if normal mode has been selected, the system tells the driver that fuel savings could be made by shifting to another gear. If the driver continues in sport mode, the gearshift suggestion aims to achieve the best possible performance.

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  17. What is the Abarth 500 “Assetto Corse”

    The Abarth 500 “Assetto Corse” is a super car produced directly by the manufacturer and sold “race ready” to drivers via the dealer network. With an exterior by the Fiat Group Automobiles Styling Center and innards by the Abarth engineering team, masterfully put together at the new Abarth Mirafiori plant in Torino, the Abarth 500 “Assetto Corse” sports a full racing outfit, with a 16-valve 1400 cc engine putting out 190 horsepower, wider tracks, white 17 inch ultralight alloy racing wheels, low road-hugging ride, competition rear view mirrors and clear space for number stickers on the sides.

    the front end of the Abarth 500 “Assetto Corse” bears a badge with the Abarth logo and, below it, extra-wide bumper with air dam and screen-printed grille in lieu of the standard production version’s plastic louvers. The deck lid features classic hood clips along with carbon fiber air scoops emblazoned with the Abarth Scorpion. At the rear, the car has a white fin spoiler, Abarth logo and twin tailpipes.

    Inside, the Abarth 500 “Assetto Corse” is equipped with a race-certified roll cage, completely hollow to make the car faster and lighter: it weighs in at around 120 kg less than the road-going version. And with racing spec seats and steering wheel,

    You can read more about the 500 Abarth here.

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  18. What is the Abarth 500 “esseesse”

    The “esseesse” – SS, for Super Sport – kit boosts output of the 16-valve 1.4-liter Turbo T-Jet engine to 160 HP (117 KW) at 5750 rpm, hitting 230 Nm peak torque at 3000 revs in “Sport Boost mode”. Performance that makes the heart pound: top speed is 211 km/h, while 0-to-100 acceleration takes a mere 7.4 seconds.

    In the best Abarth tradition, the “esseesse” kit includes cross-drilled and ventilated front brake discs measuring 284 x 22 mm, cross-drilled rear discs measuring 240 x 11 mm, high-performance front brake pads, shorter springs that make the car ride even lower than its standard counterpart, and Abarth “esseesse” 7x17 inch ET35 alloy wheels finished in white or titanium with 205/40 ZR 17 tires.

    The Abarth 500 “esseesse” kit is topped off by a unique air cleaner supplied by BMC, four tire pressure sensors, and “esseesse” badges for the hood and liftgate.

    The “esseesse” kit comes in an elegant wooden case – an Abarth institution in itself – and can only be sold and installed by the official network of Abarth tuners, guaranteeing compliance with the highest testing and safety standards.

    You can read more about the 500 Abarth here.

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