The 160hp version of the Fiat 500 Abarth has made its North American debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. This vehicle made a strong impression on its promotional campaign, which included a commercial that continues to be talked about today. Fiat’s Italian in-house tuning division revealed that it has prepared a lineup that will be displayed at the 2011 Bologna Motor Show that opens Dec. 3.
A couple of production 595 Abarths -- the 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione -- were already unveiled before the official debut. These are both powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with an output of 160 hp, enabling the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in 7.4 seconds while achieving a top speed of 211km/h (131mph). The standard equipment on the Turismo includes an electrically-operated manual transmission that come with controls on the steering wheel.
Instead of the shifter, it features control setting buttons similar to those on a Lambo. The body gets a two-tone black on red scheme finish. It is also equipped with a set of 17-inch wheels as well as other exterior modifications. Inside the 595 Turismo, we see that its seats, dash and steering wheel use two-tone red and black leather.
Fiat 500 Abarth interprets its design based on the company’s long-standing tradition of style. As years go by however, the car considerably improves most especially when it comes to performance. The best example of this practice can be seen on the new elements that deliver better functionality and aerodynamics.
The new Abarth comes with the extended roof spoilers and slide that enhances the airflow around the rear bumper and underbody. The slide and spoilers play a significant role in enhancing the tyre grip and reducing the drag. Aside from adding visual appeal, the slits at the front bumper help in cooling the two intercoolers along the sides. Similarly, the slide sitting next to the exhaust pipe is linked to the Scorpion single silencer positioned across the exits.
Newly enhanced vertical profile reveals the curve-embracing new side skirts. This new element on the side also delivers better Cd value. Still, the most prominent GT equipment you’ll ever see here are the three associated air intakes. The first is the central inlet with a size that is something out of the ordinary. Next are the much wider slits at the upper section.
The third goes to the sides of the bumper consisting of two nostrils. Altogether, these highly sufficient air intakes are in parallel with the two identical intercoolers on both ends. To provide the needed space for the turbo-blower, the nose was adjusted forward similar to the 1000TC and 850TC Abarths from the previous generations.