2010 Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Esseesse by Hamann

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

German tuner Hamann has given the Fiat 500 Abarth a remodeling like no other. From 133 HP (160 HP in the Esseesse), the Abarth's 1.4 liter engine can now generate 271 HP and 380 Nm of torque. Hamann offers four power levels for the Abarth 500. The HS1, the entry level stage, dubbed HS1, puts the standard Abarth 500 to the 160 HP power level of the esseesse version.

Meanwhile, the HSII produces 180 HP and 295 Nm of torque. HSIII, the third stage, brings those figures up to 210 HP and 310 Nm.

But really, none of these compares to the Hamann HS Race program, which produces 240 HP and 330 Nm. This much power is attributed to the use of a modified turbocharger, a new intercooler, forged pistons, a racing clutch (lightened flywheel included) and a revised ECU software. 

Hamann isn't the type to set limits as it also has come up with the HS CINQUECENTO 575 kit, which produces 271 HP & 380 Nm.

It uses a re-engineered cylinder head with an adjusted camshaft, twin intercoolers and a self-locking differential. Aside from those, Hamann offers a modified gearbox that features a longer fifth gear. This decreases the engine rev by 500 rpm, allowing a higher top speed.

Of course, a car with that much power needs to have something like Hamann's sports suspension and an improved braking system that features four-piston calipers and 264 mm or 305 mm discs. The car also rides on bespoke 18-inch alloy rims.

Using any kind of HAMANN sports suspension will definitely improve the handling of any car. The same goes true for the wheels that are used for the vehicle’s tyres. For instance, using the LARGO FORGED ANODIZED wheel will be ideal for the 2010 Fiat 500’s sporty appearance.

To achieve optimal handling, tires with dimensions of 215/35 R18 or 225/35 R18 are recommended. On the other hand, the HM EVO cast rim wheels need tires with dimensions of 215/35 R18 at the front- and 225/35 R18 at the rear axle.

The HM EVO is ideal for those who are seeking the classic and modern look for their Fiat 500. The rim’s glossy black varnish and diamond-polished rim star achieves that effect quite well.

Press Release

Fiat 500 Abarth / Abarth Esseesse Hamann

At first glance, the Fiat 500 does not really seem to fit into the HAMANN-Motorsport programme. But the company based in Laupheim is not only one of the most renowned refiners for BMW BMW -models and exclusive luxury cars, but also popular cars – and without any question the retro scooter surely belongs into that category. Since the model has been introduced in 2007, HAMANN has offered dynamic modification kits for the Cinquecento which meet large approval with the fans.

Now the next strike of genius follows: HAMANN provides the Fiat 500 with more power. The Abarth version is the centre of attention – Fiat´s sports model. Yet, the factory-made 135 hp sound rather modest. But HAMANN now changes that with five performance enhancements. Already the smallest upgrade “HS I“ boots the little scooter up to 160 hp by applying some well-directed changes in the engine electronics. The torque rises from 206 to strong 285 Nm. But this is not yet the end for the 1.4 litre petrol car. The next upgrade “HS II” pushes the Abarth to 180 hp and 295 Nm torque. Software setting, modified exhaust turbo charger, optimised air filter case with sports air filter as well as a two-pipe end muffler – they all make this impressive result possible. But the HAMANN technicians even go one step further with the performance kit “HS III” which renders 210 hp and 310 Nm. This can be attributed to a turbo charger with smaller geometry, a new fuel supply and an optimised engine electronic.

The vehicle transforms from the friendly bubble car in the back mirror into the wild beast with the help of the two race-qualified modification kits which contain an entire engine modification. For the power setting “HS RACE” for example, HAMANN uses forged pistons, enhanced connection rods, a modified turbo charger with charge air cooler, a race clutch with weight-optimised one-mass flywheel and a new control electronic – altogether this renders 240 hp and a torque of 330 Nm. For optimum deceleration, there are sport brakes with a four-piston calliper and 264 mm or 305 mm large brake discs. The Abarth Abarth turns into a real missile with the modification kit “HS CINQUECENTO 575“. Compared to the “HS RACE”, it also contains a reengineered cylinder head with adjusted camshaft, two charge air coolers as well as a self-locking differential. This leads to an impressive power of 275 hp while the torque is catapulted to 380 Nm.

Furthermore, HAMANN-Motorsport offers an alteration for the manual transmission. By applying a long fifth gear, the engine rev is decreased by 500 r.p.m. which allows a higher end speed. Moreover, customers can order a self-locking differential which allows a locking capacity of up to 50 percent and therefore significantly increases the traction. Both components and the power settings can be also combined with the Fiat 500 Abarth performance kit “esseesse“ by the manufacturer.

HAMANN presents the remarkable broad built LARGO as a perfect match for the sporty power makeover. New aerodynamics components made of light composite materials are produced for the modified design language of the trendy Italian. Perfectly processed extensions seamlessly fit into the design and render a masculine appearance. The re-engineered front skirt with integrated LED daytime running lights is the striking eye-catcher. Special wing extensions are fitted at the front and the back. These make the car body wider by impressive 30 millimetres at the front axle and 35 millimetres at the rear axle. The perfectly designed side skirts act as a visual connection between the two. And also the new rear has much to offer: sports exhaust systems with two- or four end pipes and a Ferrari Ferrari -like diffuser impressively enhance the back section. All HAMANN components do not only convince with their look, but also with their aerodynamics. They enable an optimised airflow over the vehicle silhouette and render additional downthrust.

Different HAMANN sports suspensions ensure a better handling and so does the newly developed design wheel LARGO FORGED ANODIZED which perfectly matches the new, sporty look. The black matt anodised, one-part rim is offered in the size 8.0 x 18 (front axle) and 9.0 x 18 (rear axle). HAMANN recommends tyres in the dimension 215/35 R18 or 225/35 R18. A favourable alternative is the cast rim HM EVO. The hallmark of the modern style shown in this 18-inch rim is the glossy black varnish with the diamond-polished rim star and the classy well. Five elongated and vaulted triple spokes confirm the visual and technical finesse. The rim is offered in the size 7.5 x 18. HAMANN recommends tyres in the dimension 215/35 R18 at the front- and 225/35 R18 at the rear axle.

But it is not only the dynamic design of the rims that convinces its drivers, it is also the low weight that reduces the unsprung masses of the car. As an alternative to the broad-build programme LARGO, the tuning specialist also offers the “sportivo-line” for the Fiat 500. Front skirt, side wings and rear skirt emphasise the trendy look of the retro scooter and so does the design wheel HM sportive I. The black matt varnished, one-part rim has a diamond-polished outer edge and is offered in 7.0 x 17. Here, HAMANN recommends tyres in the dimension 195/40 ZR17 or 215/35 ZR 17. An aluminium pedal set including foot rest and a floor mat set with embroidered HAMANN logo accentuate the dynamic interior focus. The Fiat 500 Abarth programme is stylishly perfected with a flag decoration.

Topics: fiat, fiat 500, abarth, hamann

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