Facts about Fiat Abarth Car. The Fiat Abarth Car is an upgraded version of the Fiat 500, a sporty version of the Fiat 500 supermini car. The Fiat Abarth takes its name from the Abarth & C. S.p.A racing car maker, which is now owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. However, Fiat Abarth Car continues to make other cars in its own name, like the Abarth 595 Turismo.
History of the Fiat Abarth Car
The Fiat 500 Car ran from 1957 to the 1970s before disappearing from the American market. The Fiat 500 itself came back in 2007 to Europe. The Fiat Abarth Car returned to the American market in 2012.
The 2015 model year made an automatic transmission available on the Fiat Abarth.
Design of the Fiat Abarth Car
The Fiat Abarth Car is essentially an upgrade of the Fiat 500. Bluetooth audio streaming became standard in all of the Fiat 500s in the 2015 model year, and the designers added an extra USB port. The Fiat Abarth Car has more thickly upholstered front seats, red stitching on the seats, and a flat bottomed steering wheel.
The standard Fiat 500 Abarth is a standard compact car. The convertible version of the Fiat Abarth is called the Abarth Cabrio. The convertible version has a dual layer retractable roof that keeps the door frames and C-pillars of the standard Fiat 500 in place. The top can come down in fifteen seconds, and it can be deployed when the car is going up to sixty miles an hour.
The Fiat Abarth Car goes zero to sixty in just over eight seconds. The Fiat Abarth Car runs on a 1.4 liter turbocharged engine with 160 horsepower, generating 170 foot-pounds of torque. In contrast, the standard Fiat 500 has a 101 horsepower engine, while the Fiat 500 turbo versions generate around 130 horsepower. The Fiat Abarth also has a sports-tuned suspension. A higher trim line of the Fiat 500 has a leather wrapped dashboard. The Fiat Abarth Car has larger wheels than the Fiat 500. The Fiat Abarth Car comes with either red or white body stripes.
The Fiat Abarth Car has the engine in the front and front wheel drive. A six speed automatic transmission is standard.
Performance of the Fiat Abarth Car
The Fiat Abarth Car gets similar fuel economy to the Mini Cooper. The Fiat Abarth Car gets around 28 miles per gallon in the city and 34 miles per gallon on the highway, if it has a manual transmission. Fuel efficiency drops two miles per gallon if you get the automatic transmission.
The Abarth 500 esseesse is a conversion kit that allows a Fiat Abernath to have an upgraded engine, tire pressure monitoring, and sports features.
The Fiat Abarth Car was rated as below average in reliability per JD Power and Associates in 2015.
The Fiat 500 Abarth was not included in the Takata air bag recall.
Rivals of the Fiat Abarth Car
The Fiat Abarth Car model is intended to be a high powered version of the Fiat, a rival to the Mini Cooper S.
Rivals to the Fiat Abarth Car include the Chevrolet Sonic, Smart Fourtwo, Mazda 2, Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris, Chevy Spark, Hyundai Accent, Ford Fiesta, and Honda Fit.
If you want an electric car version of the Fiat Abarth Car, the Fiat 500e is an alternative to this car.
Trivia about Fiat Abarth Car
There is a Fiat Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari” or Ferrari Tribute car that came out in 2011, a limited edition of the car designed to be a mini-sports car.
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