Abarth cars

Fiat and Abarth are coming fully loaded to the Bologna Motor Show armed with barrel full of special edition 500s and Puntos . We’ve already touched on the 500 Competizione, the 500 Turismo, and the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse so now we’re pointing the proverbial spotlight on the fourth model headed to Bologna: the Abarth Punto Scorpione Limited Edition.

This particular model is being described as a tribute model to "everyone who loves to pit themselves against any kind of challenge in a never-ending search for speed and performance both on the track and facing a downhill road."

Dressing the part of a sinister-looking, all-black limited edition Abarth, the Punto Scorpione is poised to steal the show, not only because it has such an awesome name, but more so because it will be presented with the “Abarth Nitro” winter kit that will come with plenty of winter-themed accessories, including, but not limited to, the “Nitro Powered by Abarth” snowboard.

Adding more touches to the 99-piece model is a two-tone Nero Scorpione livery that’s enhanced by a special matte black paintwork on the bonnet and roof with special glossy black graphics for the roof and the bonnet. Inside, the special enhancements continue in the form of "Abarth Corsa by Sabelt" black leather seats with red and yellow stitching, a matte black backrest, a leather steering wheel with its own red and yellow stitching, Jaeger driving instruments, and a laser-treated aluminium kick plate with special graphics.

Under its hood, the Scorpione Limited Edition is powered by a 1.4-liter MultiAir engine that develops 180 horsepower and 199 lb/ft of torque with a 0-62 mph time of 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 134 mph.

In early 2011, Abarth unveiled the 695 Competizione - the first "street legal" Scorpion racing car. Now, at the 2011 Bologna Motor Show, the company revealed another Competizione model, this time called the 595. The model enters the same segment as the 500 Abarth Turismo , but is dedicated to the more extreme sports enthusiasts.

The Abarth 595 Competizione is painted in a metallic Grigio Record livery combined with 17" titanium-colored alloy wheels whose design was borrowed from Racing, with yellow Brembo brake calipers. There are also 595 and 595 "competizione" logos, both in aluminum. The interior adds "Abarth Corsa by Sabelt" leather and natural leather-colored Alcantara seats with "595" logo embroidered on the integrated headrest. Also, the gear lever knob made of Ergal, kick plate, pedal unit and aluminum running board are all decorated with the Abarth motifs.

Under the hood, there is a 1.4 Turbo T-Jet engine that delivers a total of 160 HP and 169 lbs-ft of torque. This is enough power to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 131 mph. The engine is mated to a 5-speed MT (Manual Transmission) gearbox - a special elements for the 595 Competizione. As a standard feature Abarth is also offering TTC (Torque Transfer Control) device that improves the transfer of drive torque to the wheels.

Abarth os preparing to further expand its 500 line-up with the addition of the new 500 Abarth Turismo, making its world premiere at the 2011 Bologna Motor Show. The new model combines the sportiness of a standard Abarth 500 with new levels of comfort and personality. The first thing we noticed about the new 500 Turismo is its two-tone livery: a combination of Rosso Officina and Grigio Pista livery with white liner.

The Abarth 500 Turismo will sit on a special set of Gran Turismo inspired titanium-colored 17" alloy wheels and will be distinguished by historic 595 logo in aluminum on the side panel and tailgate.

The interior will combine a sporty black leather steering wheel and an electrically-operated manual Competizione gearbox with controls on the steering wheel. Another special feature is the special "flocking" treatment for the central tunnel and dashboard, as well as a pedal unit, kick plate, and gearbox trim made in Alutex aluminum glass fiber material.

Under the hood, there is a 1.4 Turbo T-Jet engine that delivers a total of 160 HP and 169 lbs-ft of torque. This is enough power to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 131 mph.

The Abarth 695 "Assetto Corse" launched by Abarth at the 2011 Bologna motor Show continues the tradition started by models like the 695 Tributo Ferrari and the Abarth 695 "Competizione" . The difference is that it is an evolution of the Abarth 500 "Assetto Corse" , a car that scored huge successes during the past three years of racing.

On the exterior, the new 695 "Assetto Corse" will be distinguished by an aggressive front decorated with a badge bearing the Abarth logo, a broader bumper completed with aerodynamic spoiler and screen-printed grilles. And as this is a track car the aerodynamics are very important so at the rear it has received a winged spoiler, a badge bearing the Abarth logo and a twin exhaust pipe. The package is completed by a new set of 17" light alloy racing wheels enriched with new floating, perforated and self-ventilated front disc brakes and perforated rear disc brakes.

The interior has been designed so that it offers the highest safety levels required by FIA regulations. The car gets a safety roll-bar, racing seat and a racing steering wheel, while the doors have been lightened by using Lexan for the side windows.

Under the hood Abarth has placed a 1368 cm3 turbocharged engine that delivers 205 HP of power.

You know the saying ’good things come in small packages?’ Well, in the case of this little mighty monster of an Abarth 500, the adage certainly fits to a tee.

Take one look at the Fiat Abarth 500 and you clearly won’t mistake it for a speeding bullet. But that’s not what this particular 500 is all about. Just ask Romeo Ferraris, the tuning company that took the liberty of transforming this little hatchback into a full-fledged pocket rocket.

The full details surrounding the tuning program for this special 500 - it’s been dubbed the "Cinquone Stradale" - has yet to be disclosed by Romeo Ferraris, although they have shed some light that this model will be an "extreme" street-legal version of its race-spec car. Knowing that the latter is already powered by a highly modified 1.4-liter turbo engine that delivers 360 horsepower, the rumored 300-pony output of the Cinquone Stradale is nothing to sneeze about.

Aesthetically speaking, the Cinquone Stradale has been dressed with an extensive widebody kit program that includes a pair of huge air vents on the hood, a new rear diffuser with centrally-mounted tail pipes, a rood spoiler, blistered wheel arches, and a new set of fancy-spoked wheels.

Inside the car, the dress up continues with plenty of leather and Alcantara surfaces with matching carbon fiber trim. A pair of bucket race seats are also part of the package, as is the race-spec roll cage.

The third world premiere to come out of Abarth is the special edition Punto SuperSport. This Frankfurt-bound model is based off of the Punto Evo Esseesse showcased at the 2010 Paris Auto Show and features Grigio Campovolo two-tone livery along with other bells and whistles to warrant the special edition title.

The Abarth Punto SuperSport’s Grigio Campovolo paint job comes with a special matte black finish for the hood and roof, adding a little sport to small hatchback. The model is further customized with "supersport" graphics on the side panel, matte black mirror covers, and 18" alloy rims combined with red calipers and hub caps. The exhaust used in this special edition comes straight from the Esseesse model.

For the interior, Abarth has added comfort and style with "Abarth Corsa by Sabelt" black leather seats with a gloss back backrest and a black leather steering wheel. These elements are then highlighted with double red and yellow stitching. Stainless steel pedals with Abarth branding and an Abarth Blue&MeTM MAP satellite navigation unit with a telemetric function developed in conjunction with Magneti Marelli add more spunk to the SuperSport model.

Safety is also not an issue in this special edition as Abarth has added a modified suspension, floating, perforated and self-ventilated front disc brakes with over-sized four-piston red brake calipers, perforated rear disc brakes, high performance front brake pads, front and rear Koni shock absorbers with FSD (Frequency Selective Dumping) valve, and specially lowered springs.

Under the hood, Abarth has placed the same 1.4 Multiair engine found in the Esseesse to power the hatchback. This engine develops 180 HP at 5,750rpm and a peak torque of 199 lbs-ft at 2,500 rpm, allowing the car to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 134 mph.

The second special edition model Abarth will be unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show is called the 500 Cabrio Italia. No, this new model isn’t a tribute to the Ferrari 458 Italia , but it is a model that was specifically built to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italian unity. There will only be 150 units built, appropriately so, each will feature a special chrome "500 Cabrio Italia" plate with satin effect.

The 500 Cabrio Italia is painted in a special Blu Abu Dhabi livery combined with an electrically operated black top and tinted rear windows. Adding a touch of class and sparkle are the 10-spoke 17" rims with diamond effect combined with yellow Brembo front calipers.

Along with the celebratory additions to the exterior of the vehicle, Abarth has also supplied the special edition with a number of components that set it apart from the rest. For starters, the "esseesse " brake system consisting of perforated self-ventilated front brake discs and fixed four-piston calipers has been added, as well as Xenon headlights with dipped and main beam functions.

Sliding into the vehicle, the driver will notice "Abarth Corsa by Sabelt" seats in natural leather with carbon fiber backrests. Once comfortably seated, the driver can wrap their hands around the black leather steering wheel with double stitching and take advantage of the Alutex aluminum glass fiber pedals and gear lever knob. There is also a carbon fiber running board with dedicated "Cabrio Italia" graphics finishing off the aesthetic improvements. On a technological note, the Abarth 500 Cabrio Italia boasts of an Abarth Blue&MeTM MAP satellite navigation unit with a telemetric function developed in conjunction with Magneti Marelli.

Running the 500C Italia is a 1.4 Turbo T-Jet engine that delivers an impressive - for this class - 160 HP. This power will allow the 500 Cabrio Italia to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds, while top speed sticks at 131 mph.

Frankfurt Motor Show is usually a show of power and performance and this is exactly what Abarth has shown with their latest 695 Competizione - the first "street legal" Scorpion racing car.

The Abarth 695 Competizione was inspired by the Abarth 500 Assetto Corsa and is painted in an exclusive Grigio Competizione Opaco livery. Other exterior features include Xenon headlights, 17" rims borrowed from the "Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari," and stronger suspension and brake systems. This is all joined by "695" logos and "Competizione" graphics.

The interior of the special edition is a main attraction all on its own with "Abarth Corsa by Sabelt" seats in black leather with Alcantara red inserts, a carbon fiber shell, and a black leather steering wheel with a tricolor hub and red inserts, fitted with 5-speed "Abarth Competizione" gearshift paddles. The carbon fiber dashboard with the Abarth Blue&MeTM MAP satellite navigation unit and a telemetric function developed in conjunction with Magneti Marelli is highlighted with the car’s Jaeger instrument panel. The Grigio Competizione Opaco color found on the exterior of the car also finds its way inside as the new roll bar - replacing the rear seats - is found donning the shade.

Power for the Abarth model has also been upgraded, so even though there’s a 1.4L Turbo T-Jet 16v engine found under the hood, it has been tuned to deliver more than 180 HP. This engine is mated to an "Abarth Competizione" gearbox with race-inspired steering wheel controls.

Last Sunday, the second episode of Top Gear ’s 17th season aired and like most of the shows these days, we were treated to some hilarious segments, a rather pointedly pointless car review, some canned and scripted studio jokes, and - for once - a surprisingly fast lap on the Kia Cee’d. Par for the course for Top Gear.

In this episode, James May will tell you things about the Aston Martin Virage that you already probably know. This is then followed by a highly-entertaining hot hatch triple threat madness along the streets of Italy that included finding a dog, an ice cube, and branch from a cedar tree.

Comedian Russ Noble also stopped by for a little chat with Jeremy - an entertaining interview by our measure - after which the former strapped on his helmet for his hot lap on board the show’s Reasonably Priced Car.

The show concludes with a sort of dream of dreams, at least as far as Jeremy Clarkson was concerned: three laps around the Monaco Grand Prix. It probably didn’t matter that the cars they were driving were the same three hot hatches they drove in Italy. At the end of the day - Clarkson especially - had a blast to finally drive their way around Monaco’s world famous street circuit.

Full details after the jump.

While everyone is waiting for the Alfa Romeo 4C GTA to debut in production form and find its way over to the US, other variations may currently be in the pipeline as well. New reports suggest that the 4C concept will not only preview a two-seater model for Abarth and Alfa , but will also come in some other derivatives, including a Maserati model.

The 4C GTA concept is powered by a "4 cylinder" 1750 Turbo Petrol engine located centrally in the rear of the vehicle and mated to a new automatic "Alfa TCT" twin dry clutch transmission. With a total output of 200 HP, the engine will sprint the concept from 0 to 60 mph in just 5 seconds, while top speed goes up to 155 mph. However, we anticipate that the Maserati variant will be both more powerful and sportier, but we’ll have to wait until about 2013 or 2014 to see it in action.

Source: Autoblog ES

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