Faithful to the “small but wicked” saying coined for Karl Abarth’s
cars in the 1960s, the new 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth arrives to
America with the racing traditions that have made it a success
on European roadways and racetracks — world-class
performance and precision, purposeful and aggressive styling,
high power-to-weight ratio and limited-production volume.
Bringing the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth to the U.S. enables FIAT to
reach out to driving enthusiasts who want Italian performance
at an attainable price. With its lightweight, track-tuned handling
and purpose-built design, the Fiat 500 Abarth brings to life the
legendary racing heritage of the brand and becomes the Italian
high-performance car for everyday driving
With its all-new 1.4-liter MultiAir® Turbo engine, Abarth-tuned
suspension and brake systems, race-inspired design, and
technology features not traditionally included on a small car, the
new 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth unleashes the brand’s legendary
performance heritage to American streets.
In the late 1950s Karl Abarth believed that race cars with
brilliant performance could be derived from small, lightweight,
everyday driving cars.
His tradition of track-ready small cars continues today by
utilizing the 2012 Fiat 500 Sport as a base point for the new
high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth
The aggressive styling of the new FIAT 500 Abarth embodies the Abarth
brand tradition in full – purposeful and intentional details all designed
to improve the car’s performance, while enhancing the clean and
simple design language of the Cinquecento.
To improve aerodynamics — while creating the necessary engine
compartment space for the all-new 1.4-liter MultiAir® Turbo engine —
the front fascia is more pronounced and pushed 2.7 inches (69 mm)
ahead of its signature “whiskers and logo” face, recalling the Abarth
stylistic treatments from vintage 850 TC and 1000 TC models.
The signature “Abarth” shield floats on a finned surface that serves as an additional air intake. For a more aggressive look, a blacked-out fascia
accent integrates projector-beam fog lamps and helps direct air for engine cooling.
More aggressive Abarth-designed side skirts provide a vertical and athletic profile, while highlighting the iconic curves of the FIAT 500 Abarth.
From the rear, a large liftgate-mounted spoiler extends the roofline of the Fiat 500 Abarth and improves the vehicle’s aerodynamic behavior by
creating additional down force.
Below, the two-piece Abarth-styled rear fascia accentuates the road-holding stance of this high-performance 500 and optimizes airflow output
with its black-accented rear diffuser. In addition, symmetric, twin exhaust cutouts deliver a powerful look, while large concentric “double tip”
exhausts provide a tuned sound and Abarth-exclusive look
Bold exterior elements
Paying homage to the brand’s racing heritage and vintage Cinquecento-based 595 and
695 Abarth models, iconic Abarth shields are once again positioned on both driver and
passenger rear-quarter panels.
Optional bodyside exterior decals pay homage to the historic models and provide the
new FIAT 500 Abarth with a track-ready look.
Enthusiast-designed cockpit
The interior design theme of the FIAT 500 Abarth is an artistic blend of
clean lines and functional performance appointments. An Abarthdesigned steering wheel features a thick rim, perforated leather and flat
bottom to provide the look, feel and increased roominess desired during
at-the-limit driving. For easier operation, and to keep the driver’s eyes
on the road ahead, the FIAT 500 Abarth’s steering wheel includes cruise,
audio and BLUE&ME™ Handsfree Communication technology controls.
Behind the steering wheel, the FIAT 500 Abarth features a large
concentric instrument cluster with 160-mph speedometer, tachometer
and trip computer. The instrument-panel cluster brow is wrapped in
Nero leather with Rosso accent stitching.
Unique to the FIAT 500 Abarth is the addition of an analog turbo-boost gauge with integrated LED shift light in the center that illuminates to optimize
gear changes.
Abarth-designed aluminum pedal covers feature Nero rubber trim for a decidedly racing look, while the Nero leather shift knob with Rosso accent
stitching provides a precise feel of the shifter.
Unique Abarth-styled front performance seats feature a one-piece design with large side bolsters, racing-harness pass through, accent stitching
around the perimeter and integrated side-thorax air bags.
Track ready, precision-tuned chassis
The FIAT 500 Abarth features an enhanced front- and rearsuspension design to deliver the precision handling, steering and
refinement needed for high-performance driving.
New dual-valve Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) KONI® frontshock absorbers replace standard twin-tube units and deliver an
innovative two-in-one solution. This patented technology provides the
road-holding and handling characteristics needed for maximum grip
and performance. In addition, the FSD system actively filters out
high-frequency suspension inputs from uneven road surfaces and
adjusts for improved comfort and smoothness.
The beefier rear-suspension design takes the Fiat 500 Sport model’s
twist-beam design further, with a reinforced rear axle with
strengthened coil-spring supports. A new Abarth-specific rearstabilizer bar increases cornering grip. For improved handling,
minimal body roll and ride-height control (when fully loaded), the new
Fiat 500 Abarth features 20 percent stiffer rear springs.
Abarth-tuned steering
The new 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth features a 15.1:1 (up from 16.3:1) steering-gear
ratio for 10 percent quicker steering to enhance responsiveness,
maneuverability and high-performance feel. Compared to the Fiat 500 Sport,
the 500 Abarth features a uniquely tuned electronic power steering (EPS)
calibration for increased steering response and feedback.
Track-proven brake system
The Fiat 500 Abarth presents a high-performance brake system with an
Abarth-tuned electronic stability control (ESC) system which features a threemode calibration to maximize the new 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth’s handling
capabilities on and off the track. When ESC is selected from “On” to “Partial
Off” or “Full Off” on the instrument panel, the 500 Abarth’s innovative Torque
Transfer Control (TTC) system maximizes throttle performance during onthrottle cornering.
Lightweight wheels with high-performance tires
Standard on the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth, 16 x 6.5-inch cast-aluminum wheels
feature a race-inspired design and are fitted with 195/45 R16 Pirelli Cinturato
P7 tires that deliver all-season traction and low-noise characteristics.
Putting the new 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth to the test
In addition to the 4 million development miles (6.4 million kilometers) of the
North American Fiat 500, plus the quality-proven engineering of the European
500 Abarth, the new 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth added more than 2 million
additional miles (3.2 million kilometers) during its reliability and durability
160 Horsepower (117 horsepower/liter) with new 1.4-liter MultiAir® turbo engine
Behind the unique Rosso (red) Abarth engine cover and Abarth-designed front fascia with twin “nostrils,” lies the heart of the FIAT 500 Abarth – the allnew 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine backed with a stronger, manual five-speed transmission, equal-length half shafts, 3.35 final-drive ratio, and a Torque
Transfer Control (TTC) system that delivers power to the pavement.
Taking a page from Karl Abarth’s extensive experience to increase the power and durability of the original Cinquecento’s engine for racing use, the FIAT
500 Abarth debuts a turbocharged variant of the proven 1.4-liter MultiAir® engine for increased horsepower, torque and performance.
With the addition of a turbocharger to the 1.4-liter engine, advanced intake technology including FIAT’s exclusive MultiAir system, a heavy-duty fivespeed manual transmission and a host of other internal refinements to the powertrain, the FIAT 500 Abarth transforms the Fiat 500 into a highperformance precision driving machine that every enthusiast will appreciate.
Innovative MultiAir® cylinder head
The valve train for the high-performance 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine features FIAT’s
exclusive MultiAir fuel delivery technology. Unlike engines that rely on direct action from
fixed lobes on the camshaft to control intake valve opening and closing, MultiAir is an
electro-hydraulic system that can control intake air, cylinder by cylinder and stroke by
stroke depending on the demands from the standard electronic throttle control (ETC)
Turbo and twin intercoolers provide 160 horsepower*
Compared with the FIAT 500’s natural-aspirated 1.4-liter MultiAir engine, the boost to an
estimated 160 horsepower on the FIAT 500 Abarth is largely due to its single
turbocharger that operates off engine exhaust and utilizes energy that would normally
be wasted through the tailpipe.
The 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo’s induction system includes two intercoolers located behind
the driver- and passenger-side air inlets of the Abarth-styled front fascia.
The FIAT 500 Abarth also features several engine system component upgrades needed
for high-performance driving: an Abarth-designed fresh-air intake system with high-flow
air filter; an Abarth-designed concentric “double tip” dual-exhaust system; an Abarthtuned powertrain control module (PCM) integrating all of the MultiAir Turbo’s engine
control functions. An upgraded electrical system includes a high-output 140-amp
alternator and 500 amp cold-cranking maintenance-free battery for increased vehicle
system charging. * Estimate
High-performance engine design with high output
The new 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine in the Fiat 500 Abarth is designed to meet the
rigorous demands of performance driving throughout its 6,500 rpm range.
Structurally, the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine starts with a cast-iron block and an
aluminum bedplate. At the bottom end, a forged-steel crankshaft with select-fit main
bearings is supported across four main journals. The crankshaft has been designed
with lightened counterweights to reduce overall mass for high engine rpm operation.
Durability is ensured with the use of lightweight forged-steel connecting rods that
have been designed with a unique cross section to minimize the longitudinal and lateral
bending of the rod.
Lightweight forged-aluminum pistons contribute to the overall strength of the
reciprocating assembly and the engine’s high rpm capability. Full-floating piston pins
are used for added strength. Piston cooling jets, located at the bottom of each
cylinder, contribute to fuel economy by squirting oil on the bottom of the pistons to
help maintain cylinder temperatures and reduce the possibility of hot spots along the
cylinder walls or at the top of the piston that could lead to detonation.
High-performance transmission and driveline
Developed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT) for high-output applications, the FIAT 500 Abarth is equipped with the heavy-duty C510 five-speed manual transmission. Proven
on the European 500 Abarth models, this transmission features a 3.35 final-drive ratio for quick acceleration and faster top speed, while maintaining fuel efficiency.
Maximum track handling with Torque Transfer Control (TTC) system
Helping the driver to utilize the power of the new 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine is an Abarth-tuned Torque Transfer Control (TTC) system. TTC is designed to control and transfer
the engine’s torque to the drive wheels for world-class performance and improved at-the-limit handling.
Abarth-tuned “Sport” mode
The FIAT 500 Abarth features a standard-equipped “Sport” mode calibration for more engaging driving. Should the driver select Sport mode on the
instrument panel, the Abarth-tuned powertrain control module (PCM) unleashes the full power of the 1.4-liter MultiAir® Turbo with linear throttle
response and a more performance-weighted steering feel.
When Sport mode is not engaged, the Fiat 500 Abarth returns to “Normal” mode, and limits the torque in first and second gears to enhance fuel
efficiency and minimize CO2 emissions.
Abarth shift light with turbo-boost gauge
An additional benefit of the Abarth-tuned PCM is the addition of a driver’s shift light with turbo-boost gauge mounted left of the instrument cluster.
Should the driver choose to switch to “Sport” mode, the Fiat 500 Abarth’s LED-illuminated shift light flashes as the engine speed approaches the
redline–giving the immediate feedback needed on the track or during high-performance driving.
Engine information is critical during performance driving, and the Fiat 500 Abarth’s turbo-boost gauge allows the driver to monitor the turbocharger’s
pressure on the engine.
BLUE&ME™ Handsfree Communication technology
Developed as a collaboration between FIAT and Microsoft, BLUE&ME™ Handsfree Communication technology is an in-vehicle, voice-activated
communication system that allows the FIAT 500 Abarth driver to operate a Bluetooth®-compatible phone while keeping his or her hands on the wheel
and eyes on the road. Using a series of voice commands, the driver can place phone calls, access the phone’s address book or listen to MP3s.
BLUE&ME Handsfree Communication technology supports most mobile phones with Bluetooth technology.
Innovative TomTom® Navigation
With the available TomTom® Navigation with BLUE&ME Handsfree Communication technology, the Fiat 500 Abarth integrates an innovative 4.3-inch
(10.9 cm) TomTom portable navigation device that docks on top of the instrument panel.
Bose® premium audio system
For high-performance sound, the 500 Abarth features a standard Bose® Energy Efficient Series (EES) premium audio system with six premium
speakers and a subwoofer.
SiriusXM Satellite Radio
For the best music, entertainment and information from coast-to-coast, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with more than 130 channels is available on the FIAT
500 Abarth.
Seven standard air bags
The FIAT 500 Abarth features an all-new air bag system to offer unique
protection for its passengers to meet all U.S. regulatory requirements.
Its seven standard air bags include: driver and front-passenger
advanced multi-stage air bags, driver’s knee air bag, full-length sidecurtain air bags and standard seat-mounted side pelvic-thorax air bags,
all offer enhanced occupant protection to all occupants in the event of a
Abarth-tuned three-mode electronic stability control (ESC)
The new Fiat 500 Abarth features a unique three-mode electronic
stability control (ESC) system standard for improved braking
performance in wet or panic conditions.
The Abarth-tuned ESC system features a three-mode calibration
including “ESC On” to “ESC Partial Off” and “ESC Full Off.”
When the system is set “ESC On” (default) or “ESC Partial On,” the ESC
system is ready to intervene by integrating key chassis control systems
including electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), anti-lock brake
system (ABS) and traction control systems (TCS) to control all four
wheels in response to yaw and steering input.
In effect, ESC determines the driver’s intentions and adjusts the
vehicle’s dynamic forces to maintain the driver’s intended course.
Should the driver exceed the performance limits of the road surface –
such that the vehicle starts to oversteer or understeer – ESC instantly
analyzes input from the wheel sensors and corrects the pending loss of
control by applying any one, several or all of the system’s disc brakes.
More than 35 available safety and security features
The Fiat 500 Abarth includes more than 35 available safety and security
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