Superchips upgrades the Abarth 500

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 8, 2011

The Abarth 500 has the capability of making heads turn wherever it passes in the UK due to its compact and sporty look. The scorpion logo is prominently shown off in the model too, making the vehicle appear even more imposing. It is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine that produces 133 bhp. The competition involving hot hatches has always demanded better performances, a challenge that tuning company Superchips Ltd. is willing to meet.

Superchips equipped the 500 with a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine that has been given Abarth’s Bosch MED7.9.10 engine management system so that it could offer more power.

After several weeks of heavy rolling road dyno testing and real world assessment, Superchips’ technicians were able to make an ECU remap that merges enhanced performance levels with total reliability. Superchips conducted extensive dyno testing to prove that its new ECU remap for the Abarth 500 boosts power by up to 22 bhp at 5654 rpm. It has recorded gains from the 1368cc FIRE turbocharged engine from only 2000 rpm all the way to the 6500 rpm cut out.

This puts the focus on the linear, progressive nature of the Superchips upgrade. In addition, its Abarth 500 ECU remap provides a driveable, user friendly performance. With the Superchips upgrade, there’s a significant increase in the Abarth 500’s torque output, which surges by a peak of 46 Nm at only 2942 rpm.

It also has impressive gains from 2000 – 6500 rpm. As a result, the vehicle has significantly improved in-gear acceleration to make trips more exhilarating and safer. Together with Superchips’ focus on some details to guarantee sharper throttle response, the end product is an Abarth 500 that’s sharper than ever.

About the Fiat 500 Abarth

The debut of the Fiat 500 Abarth at the Geneva 2008 Motor Show was an uncanny move by the people at the Fiat Group. Developed with the legendary 500 Abarths squarely in mind, the team set out to update the classic compact car and upgrade it with the latest in safety devices, engineering practices and technology available.

And for all the people who love a challenge, the Abarth is available with a much sportier finish as the 500 Abarth SS Assetto Corsa.

Keeping in mind the playful spirit and vivaciousness of the version from the 1960s, the new and updated Abarth promises to remain a small car at heart but with a much better overall performance.

Equipped with the Fire 1.4 16v Turbo petrol engine, the Abarth is capable of generating 135 bhp (99 kW) at 5000 rpm. It comes with a Normal and Sport torque mode which enables it to create 206 Nm at 3000 rpm whilst operating in Sport mode and 180 Nm/2,500 rpm in Normal.

Not only is the Abarth compliant with all European legislation, for example Euro 5, it gives an incredibly smooth ride and has adopted the Torque Transfer Control system. The TTC, as it is known, is a great benefit to the car when accelerating in and out of corners due to the smooth transfer of drive torque to the wheels.

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