ABARTH Fiat Uno Turbo Club of South Africa

The Scorpion – small but wicked

Monday, 18 February 2008

The Scorpion – small but wicked

The return of the Abarth brand continues to bring new challenges. The ‘Scorpion’ philosophy, which is conveyed in all the brand’s activities with passion and tradition, continues to excite sports car lovers everywhere.

From racing to our everyday roads but always with a sporty approach. This is the goal behind the debut of the long-awaited ‘500 Abarth’, announced for the coming Geneva International Motor Show. The new car was developed by the Fiat Group Automobiles Style Centre in the spirit of the legendary Fiat 500 Abarth of the 1960s, and will be marketed from July through the exclusive Abarth network.

With a strong sporty personality, the new car will be powered by a Fire 1.4 16v petrol Turbo engine, which delivers a maximum of 135 bhp (99 kW) at 5,500 rpm and peak torque of 206 Nm at 3,000 rpm in ‘Sport’ mode (in ‘Normal’ mode, torque is reduced to 180 Nm at 2,500 rpm). This brilliant, smooth new engine is also a friend of the environment: like the regular Fiat model it is derived from, the new Abarth will respect future Euro 5 legislation.

Another interesting feature of the 500 Abarth is the fact that it adopts the new TTC (Torque Transfer Control) system, which improves the transfer of drive torque to the wheels, but, above all, ensures that the car behaves impeccably on bends, making it safer and more entertaining even with a sporty driving style. In other words, it is faithful to the phrase coined for the Abarths of the 1960s ‘small but wicked’. While the 500 Abarth represents the brand’s future, fans today can already enjoy a sporty drive at the wheel of the Grande Punto Abarth. An Open Day in April will mark the Italian launch of two elaboration kits – ‘Assetto’ and ‘esseesse’ – which will make the Grande Punto Abarth even more aggressive and powerful.