Abarth cars

The first rumors appeared in 2008, but today Abarth officially confirmed that theirfirst stand alone sports car will be unveiled in the next two years. This will be a first in more than 30 years of Abarth history.

In an interview with AutoCar, Antonino Labate, head of sales and marketing at Abarth, said: "The brand is doing so well we will definitely bring our own standalone Abarth coupe model to market within the next two years." He also confirmed that Lotus will not be involved in the car’s development or supply Elise underpinnings.

Previous reports suggested that the future model will be powered by a 135 hp 1.4-liter turbocharged engine from the Abarth 500 . However it is now believed that it will feature a 204 HP engine and will weigh around 900 kilos. The car, a two-seater model, will also feature a removable roof panel, the traditional white and red color scheme, and, of course, plenty of the Abarth scorpion logos.

Source: Autocar

After the 500 Essesses models were tuned up with Abarth’s "essesse" treatment, Abarth has announced that the same treatment will be applied to both the 500C and the Punto Evo . The official debut for both models is expected to be made in November.

In the standard version, the Abarth Punto Evo develops a total of 165 Hp, but now the Essesses version’s output will be raised to over 180 HP. It will also get stiffer suspension and uprated brakes.

For the 500C, Abarth will apply the same treatment as for the 500 Essesses, meaning a 157 HP 1.4 turbocharged engine, a faster-shifting version of the five-speed MTA automatic gearbox, electric power steering with "sport mode", a specifically lowered ride height, and high performance brakes.

The exterior will be distinguished by a red and white checkered flag, yellow, and red shield with the black scorpion and a beautiful polished white floor.

When the Punto Evo Essesse goes on sale, it will be priced at $28,000 with the 500C Essesse priced at $29,000.

Source: Autocar

The second model in Abarth’s line-up at the Geneva Motor Show is Punto Evo, a model powered by a 165 HP Multiair 1.4 turbo petrol engine with a maximum torque of 250 NM. And if you want more than that Abarth is also offering a "SS" kit that will raise the maximum power to 180 hp.

The new Abarth Punto Evo features a new performance mode selection system that modulates engine, braking and steering action to offer a choice of two different driving styles - Sport and Normal. The SS kit gets modifications to chassis components, including perforated, ventilated discs, high performance brake pads, lower springs, and 18" Abarth "SS" alloy wheels painted in white or titanium, and fitted with performance tires.

Updated 06/15/2010: Abarth unveiled today new images and video of the Punto Evo. Check the gallery!

Press release after the jump.

Abarth will launch the 500C - the company’s first ever convertible - next week at the Geneva Motor Show. This elegant and dynamic car is packed with Abarth racing spirit and the latest performance technology. Sales will begin in the next few months.

The Abarth 500C is powered by a four cylinders inline engine with a total output of 140 HP at 5000 rpm and a peak torque of 206 Nm at 2000 rpm in Sport mode. The engine is mated to a "Abarth Competizione" 5-speed gearbox and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, while top speed is 127 mph.

Updated 06/15/2010: Abarth unveiled today new details, images and video of the 500C, the company first ever tuned convertible. Check the picture gallery!

Press release and technical specifications after the jump.

Abarth has already tuned up the Fiat 500, but car tuner Hamann isn’t exactly one to settle for something when they know that they could do something more more. So at the Geneva Motor Show, they will unveil a new tuning package for both the 500 Abarth and Abarth esseesse .

Hamann is offering three different engine-stage upgrades for the Abarth 500. In stage one, HS I, the output is raised to 160 hp (up from 135 hp). In stage two, HS, the output bumps up to 180 hp and 295 Nm torque; and finally, stage three, HS III, takes the output even further and brings it up to an impressive 210 hp and 310 NM.

And if this is not enough for you, Hamann’s HS Race program also adds forged pistons, enhanced connection rods, a modified turbo charger with charge air cooler, a race clutch with weight-optimized one-mass flywheel and a new control electronic. The result is an impressive 240 hp and 330NM.

And finally, there is the modification kit "HS CINQUECENTO 575". Thanks to a re-engineered cylinder head with an adjusted camshaft, two charge air coolers, as well as a self-locking differential, you can get an impressive 275 hp while the torque is catapulted to 380 Nm.

Press release after the jump.

BRM releases limited edition Abarth V12-T-44 timepiece

If you’re an avid car enthusiast, the brand BRM might ring a bell to you. The French timekeeper, known for its deep-rooted history in the world of motorsport, has released a special edition version of its titanium-cased V12-T-44 chronograph that features car manufacturer Abarth . The limited edition watch comes with Abarth-inspired elements including the brand’s logo on the watch face to the Nomex strap that has red stitching on it. Each watch is individually numbered – there are only 49 pieces made – making it a sought-after collector’s piece. If you happen to fancy one, the price tag for each watch goes for an astronomical $7,300, and can be purchased through the BRM website.

We’ve always been believers of practicality over lavishness but we have to admit it, this is one of those times where if you’re going to splurge on one item, buying the BRM Abarth V12-T-44 for $7,300 is as good an investment as you’re going to make.

Press release after the jump.

Source: Abarth

In Europe the Abarth 500 is powered by a Fire 1.4 16v Turbo petrol engine that delivers a maximum of 135 bhp. But in France there will be 10 lucky owners that will get more than that from their littles 500.

Abarth 500 Limited Edition by Neubauer

The Paris based dealer Neubauer announced a limited edition Abarth 500 that will be painted in Maserati’s official gray, and will get a esseesse kit that grows power to 160hp, and with an extra exhaust Abarth Record Monza valve system that adds an extra 5 hp, the total output delivered by the car will be 165 hp.

The special edition also gets a pair of Sabelt Abarth Corsa sport buckets, tinted windows and a Blue & MEMAP Abarth GPS.

Abarth has unveiled today the 500 R3T, their rally car for 2010. The car is based on the Abarth 500 model and is approved for Group R3T, the category for turbocharged cars up to 1600 cm3 in capacity.

Abarth 500 R3T

Its turbocharged 1368 cm3 engine delivers 180 hp at 5500 rpm and is mated to a sequential, front meshing with 6 speeds gearbox.

The car sits on Brembo brakes are all disc, ventilated at the front with 4 callipers, solid disc at the rear with brake distributor and governor.

Press release after the jump.

While the entire auto world is drooling with anticipation for the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, those who’ll be participating at the year’s biggest car fest are putting in the finishing touches on what cars are going to make this year’s trip to Germany.

One automaker who’s making a comeback of sorts in the spotlight of Frankfurt is Abarth, and if their promises are any indication, we just might all be bitten by the return of the Scorpion.

As it stands, Abarth is scheduled to unveil three special-edition vehicles: the Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari” , the Abarth Grande Punto “Super Sport” and the Abarth 500 “Assetto Corse” .

The car that’s getting the most attention from auto scribes the world over is the limited edition Abarth Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari”. The car, as you can probably notice by its name alone, was co-created by Abarth and Ferrari with the intention of celebrating the Italian racing tradition, passion for performance, attention to detail and technical innovation that both brands express. Suffice to say, it’s the ultimate collaboration of two Italian racing icons.

Click after the jump for the press release.

Source: Abarth

The Italian automotive conglomerate Fiat has just revealed a special edition exclusively made for the Dutch market: the Abarth 500 Competizione - this tuned car is a limited edition that celebrates the return of the historic Abarth division that traditionally prepared the automaker’s race cars. The 500 Competizione will be limited to only 10 units, and will carry a price tag of €24,995 each.

Abarth 500 Competitizione

This special edition Fiat is based on a standard Fiat 500 Abarth : a compact that is powered by a turbocharged 1.4 Liter four cylinder that makes a maximum output of 135 HP and 152 lb-ft of torque.

Abarth 500 Competitizione

The Abarth 500 Competizione will feature a a blacked out roof, a set of 17 inch blacked out alloys and a set of matte black Abarth graphics on either side. The inside of the Competizione has been stuffed full of the latest technologies and creature comforts like GPS navigation, climate control, premium audio system and leather sport seats. Don’t let the size of this special edition Fiat fool you, this well tailored compact racer will definately give you a run for your money.

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