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Pogea Racing proves to the world that there’s more power in the Fiat 500 Abarth than meets the eye

When Fiat’s engineers were creating the 500 Abarth, some of them probably thought they’ve reached the limits of power. However, Pogea Racing, a German extensive tuning program, discovered what these engineers have missed, and thus produced the 405-horsepower (320 kW) 500 Abarth. Yes, this outrageous amount of power for such a small car is actually possible. The result is a vehicle the company likes to call the “Ares”. This much power is even paired with impressive aesthetics with its carbon fiber widebody kit containing the monstrous power from within.

The German tuning company uses the same a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the 500 Abarth into the Ares, but the engine modifications that they had to make in order to achieve 405 horsepower and 328 lb.-ft. of torque will help you understand why this particular vehicle is limited. Forged pistons, a bigger turbo, a new camshaft, reinforced valve springs, higher flow fuel injectors, and some parts to help improve cooling are just some of the few modifications that Pogea had to do to achieve their desired power. Moreover, so that the gearbox doesn’t fail due to the extra power, Pogea has also strengthened the innerworkings of the Ares with the help of a five-speed manual transmission housing, revised clutch, and aluminum flywheel.

During the introduction of the Ares to the press, its company founder, Eduard Pogea shared that there was hardly anything in the car that they left untouched over the 4 years that his team worked on this project.

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2017 Abarth 595 Pista debuts at Geneva Auto Show

A small but terrible one. Fiat’s performance division may not have one of the most eye-catching cars at the exhibit stands, but the latest racy compact vehicle would be a surefire hit for fans of the Fiat 500.

Dubbed as the 595 Pista (or race track in Italian), Abarth’s special edition model will be the newest addition to the brand’s ongoing 595, 595 Turismo and the more powerful 595 Competizione lineup.

Although the new Abarth 595 Pista is basically the upgraded form of the standard Fiat 500 model, the most interesting part has nothing to do with what lies under the hood. in which case, it features the same 1.4-liter T-Jet engine as that of a standard US-specified Abarth 500.

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Abarth releases Tributo XSR Concept inspired by Yamaha XSR 900 motorbike

Abarth developed the Tributo XSR Concept car to mark the release of the Yamaha XSR 900 Abarth motorbike. This motorbike is the first product to be released by the two brands, both well known for creating dynamic motoring models.

Having the same style as the Yamaha XSR, the Tributo XSR is finished in red and grey livery. Looking at it, it is clear that various parts are made of carbon fiber, highlighting its kinship with that of the Yamaha XSR, particularly with the seat cover, bumper and mudguard in the front, as well as its fairing.

The similarities between the Yamaha XSR and the Tributo XSR do not stop at the style as the two also utilize the same Akrapovic ultra-light exhausts. This particular feature was first made for the racing industry and was fitted in the two as a way to enhance the performance, sonority, and personality. Confirming that the two indeed share a bond is the XSR logo that has been placed on the tailgate.

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2017 Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth debuts at 2016 New York Auto Show

Car enthusiasts are in for a treat as the 2016 New York International Auto Show will be where the 2017 Fiat 124 Elaborazione Abarth will be making its official debut. This model is seen as the continuation of the legacy started by Karl Abarth when it came to performance-inspired vehicles with a rich racing heritage.

It was during the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, with the introduction of the Fiat 500 Abarth, wherein enthusiasts started to associate the DNA of Abarth with a vehicle that while sharp, is fun to drive in. The Fiat 124 Elaborazione Abarth is considered as a successor to the roadster that gave Fiat its first ever win at the European Rally Championship during the 1970s.

Utilizing the same method on the Abarth, the result is a 124 Spider that has been designed and made not just for performance but for excitement as well. It has some of Abarth’s features like the turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder MultiAir Turbo engine that can deliver 160 horsepower and that’s paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or the six-speed automatic transmission with the paddle shift. It even has the state-of-the-art suspension and the rear-wheel drive.

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Fiat recently launched a new limited edition Abarth 595 Tricolore along with the release of two new short films showcasing all the three available colors for the exclusive Tricolore model. In addition, Fiat announced that only 300 cars will be produced under this Tricolore pack which, as the name suggests, is available in three colors namely; red, white or blue.

This high performance Abarth is priced at £15,150 OTR. Launching the new Tricolores are two new short films titled “The Real Italian Job”, designed to whet viewers’ appetites before the brand showcases the new model at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

The two films’ plot follows three Tricolore Abarths, one for each available color for the model, as they crisscross the cities of London and Turin in an attempt to deliver a ‘stolen’ Abarth. The Tricolore pack is fitted with a 140 hp 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 16-valve engine that comes with a five speed manual gearbox.

Read the entire article Fiat offers limited edition Abarth 595 Tricolore – only 300 to be made

It was forty years ago, during the Monte Carlo Rally in 1976, that the Abarth 124 Rally participated in what had been its last official race. For 2016, the Abarth 124 Rally is making a comeback with the same goal in mind, which is to examine the technical solutions of road cars when undergoing extreme situations, whether it is an icy road or a sunburnt tarmac.

There is also the objective of providing customers a road car that is reliable and delivers amazing performance. This newest version is therefore a mix of performance and technology resulting from the Abarth Racing Team’s experience in bringing the Scorpion back.

Overall, the new Abarth 124 Rally is for those who carry the racing world values of the brand and its sense of challenge.

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Abarth is introducing the latest tuned version of the Fiat 124 spider – the all-new 2017 Abarth 124 spider. This new roadster from Fiat’s performance brand features an undeniable Italian design and styling as well as top performance DNA and technical excellence.

Moreover, the new Abarth 124 spider boasts levels of technology and safety that roadster drivers would surely love. Staying true to Abarth’s performance genes, the new Abarth 124 spider features a superb mechanical layout.

For instance, the new Abarth 124 spider is provided with a long bonnet that highlights the significance of its 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine as well as its imposing nature.

Read the entire article True racing buffs adore the 2017 Abarth 124 Spider Italian roadster

Abarth has announced that a limited edition of the 695 biposto Record is now available at a price of £36,610 OTR. While it will be made available worldwide, only 133 units will be manufactured, the same number as the Scorpion brand.

The finish of Record will be in the exclusive 'Modena Yellow' with the 'Tar Cold Grey' trims. However it will also have the standard aluminium bonnet and the ‘695 Record' badge enamelled to its side. Additional features include the Brembo brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels, and Akrapovic exhaust.

For the interior, an instrument panel animation has been put in. The seats are in Sabelt carbon shell with four point seatbelts. It also has a cargo net plus its very own uniquely numbered plate.

Read the entire article 2016 Abarth 695 Biposto Record special edition goes on sale for £36,610

Abarth’s 595 Competizione range will soon get a new hatchback as well as a new Cabriolet version that boasts of high performance and sophisticated technology. Power has been given a boost to 180hp and the models come with an assortment of standard equipment, which include a set of 17-inch alloy wheels with titanium finish, a throaty Record Monza exhaust system, a Brembo brake system, red brake callipers, Sabelt sports seats, Xenon headlamps, leather sports steering wheel, rear parking sensors and aluminium pedals.

Among the options are leather sports seats, Interscope audio system with four speakers and two tweeters, electric glass sunroof, and a variety of alloy wheel, body colour and stripe kit possibilities.

The new 595 Competizione, which previously had an output of 160hp, is getting a 20hp increase in power. The 595 Competizione now delivers 180hp and a maximum 250Nm of torque at 2500 rpm.

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In order to celebrate its 65th anniversary the Abarth 500 is now available with a bespoke Abarth Track Experience. Only 65 lucky customers will be able to get the new value package that includes a Record Grey Metallic colour, rear privacy glass, 17-inch 10-spoke Diamond Finish alloy wheels, yellow brake calipers as well as the Abarth Track Experience.

The race tracks available to customers include Oulton Park, Donington Park and Brands Hatch. Abarth 500 comes as standard with a new 7-inch TFT instrument panel, sport buckets, a satin steel twin exhaust and the Blue&Me Bluetooth hands free communication system activated via steering wheel controls.

Under the hood, we find the same 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine that produces 135 hp and 206 Nm. The engine can propel the small vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 127 mph or 204 km/h.

Read the entire article Abarth 500 Track Experience Package announced in the UK

The 2014 Abarth Track Experience will be happening at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.; Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.; and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. – giving Fiat 500 Abarth owners more opportunities to develop their driving skills on tracks.

During the one-day events, drivers will have a chance to pilot Abarths and test their skills in four driving modules: autocross, head-to-head challenge, driving dynamics and performance drive. At the end of the day, they will shotgun with professional drivers who will push the Abarths to the limit.

Jason Stoicevich, Head of FIAT Brand North America, remarked that they are expanding the Abarth Track Experience schedule to provide opportunities for drivers develop their driving skills in a safe track environment.

Read the entire article Three more 2014 Abarth Track Experience events scheduled this year

Fiat plans to offer six-speed Aisin automatic transmission as an option in 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and Turbo models in the United States, according to Jason Stoicevich, head of the brand in North America. The option will be available after the models go into production in July. Brand executives have remarked the automatic will further the models' sales appeal.

The Fiat 500 Abarth, which has been available only with a manual gearbox since it was launched in 2012, accounts for around 15 percent of Fiat 500 sales. According to Stoicevich, one of the factors why Fiat customers don’t opt for the Abarth is the lack of automatic, noting young people just “don't drive a manual transmission."

He added that the addition of an automatic could boost sales of the performance versions by up to 50 percent. Stoicevich remarked that versions of the MY2015 500 will also feature a new 7-inch electronic display in its instrument cluster.

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The new presenter of BT Sport’s MotoGP TV coverage, Melanie Sykes, has received her new Abarth 500c. Sykes has previously owned a Fiat 500 and was seeking a new one. However, she likes her new convertible to have an added boost. In short, she wants a new convertible that features the performance of an Abarth 500, which could deliver up to 14bhp.

“Having owned the Fiat 500C before, I knew I wanted to go back into a convertible, but I also had my eye on an Abarth,” Sykes said.  “So when Abarth told me there was 500C version, I was really excited. And just look at it – it’s fabulous.” The Abarth 500C features a soft top that is endowed with refined electric linkage and quality engineering solutions like the foldaway glass rear window and the built-in high mounted stop light.

The Abarth 500C also features Abarth’s Competizione five-speed automated manual gearbox that enables drivers to change gear using paddles mounted behind the steering wheel. It is powered by a 1.4-liter Euro 6-compliant turbo-charged engine that allows it to accelerate from zero to 62 mph time in just 8.1 seconds.

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2014 Geneva Motor Show came with a big surprise for all the Fiat fans as the Italian carmaker unveiled the fastest street legal Abarth ever. This year’s Geneva Motor Show also marks 50 years since the debut of the original Fiat Abarth 695, which took place at the same show.

Dubbed Abarth 695 Biposto, the small pocket rocket is powered by a 1.4 T-Jet engine that generates 190 hp and can push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.9 seconds and to a top speed of 230 km/h or 143 mph. Moreover, the Abarth 695 Biposto has a weight-to-power ration of 5.2 kg/hp as it weighs only 997 kg.

The new Abarth 695 Biposto is a fusion of street and race car, a road-going interpretation of the well-known Abarth 695 Assetto Corse which competed on the most famous European racetracks. According to Fiat, the new Abarth 695 Biposto is not a limited edition, but it is a car for special drivers and for those who want to show that they know hot to drive it.

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German tuner Zender marks its return to the industry with a comprehensive kit for the Fiat 500 Abarth that it presented at the recently held Frankfurt Motor Show. Zender had gone bust in 2008 but now with the debut of the Abarth 500 Corsa Stradale at the IAA, it announces that it’s truly back. Zender presented the Corsa Stradale in concept form.

It features a highly aggressive body kit and is fitted with a set of 18-inch alloys covered in Pirelli P Zero Black performance tires that measure 215/35 ZR 18. The package also includes a lowered adjustable sports suspension and a customized interior cabin with stainless steel pedals, illuminated door sill strips and custom sport seats.

In the engine department, Zender gave the 4-cylinder 1.6-liter turbocharged engine a boost of 76 bhp (57 kW) over the regular Abarth 500 so it now delivers 236 bhp (176 kW) and 247 lb-ft (335 Nm) of torque. Zender achieved this output by installing a larger turbocharger, modifying the fuel injection with a bigger fuel pressure regulator, as well as by updating the engine management.

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Abarth’s much-talked “Make It Your Race” televised racing challenge will return this year. Open to all novice racing drivers, “Make It Your Race” is a social talent show that calls on aspiring racing drivers across Europe – entailing 10 countries including the United Kingdom – to showcase their driving skills on the track.

Last year’s edition of the “Make It Your Race” was able to attract over 30,000 applicants from six countries, and this year’s program is expected to be much larger as it opens up to look for Designers, Bloggers and Paddock Girls. Interested participant could file their applications through the Internet.

Participants will be made to take on a number of qualification stages until four rookie drivers per country are invited to a “Boot Camp” in Italy. The boot camp will yield seven finalists, who will race against each other in a final showdown that will be a part of the Trofeo Abarth race series. The final race will provide the finalists with the opportunity to pilot through the iconic Monza circuit in Italy.

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At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Fiat will bring its Fuori Series individualization program for the Abarth 695 based on the well-known 500. Specially crafted by a highly specialised team of Abarth designers, the Geneva lineup will include the Abarth 696 Black Diamond, Hype, Scorpione and Record.

Abarth 695 Record and the Scorpione update the the liveries of historical models, namely the Abarth 750 Record Bertone and the A112 or 124 Abarth.

Furthermore, the Abarth 595 Hype and Black Diamond belong to the New Wave collection, where the focus is on the latest trends and a quest for innovative materials and technologies.

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Besides the 500L Trekking, Fiat also brought at the 2012 LA Auto Show the 500 Cabrio (500C) Abarth. Just like the Fiat 500 Abarth, the convertible comes with the same 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine delivering 160 horsepower, up to 170 ft.-lb. of torque. With these numbers, the sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) is made in the low 7 second range.

New Abarth 500C comes equipped with the track-proven C510 five-speed manual transmission. Comparing it with the standard Fiat 500C, the Abarth 500C comes with a new body kit consisting of a new front bumper, new side sills, a new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and exhaust system as well as a new rear roof spoiler.

The design is completed by the 16 x 6.5-inch cast-aluminum wheels wrapped in high-performance Pirelli tires. For better performance, 17-inch wheels are available as an option. The sporty theme is continued at the interior where the vehicles features a new steering wheel, an analog turbo-boost gauge with integrated LED shift light, a new set of aluminum pedal covers and a Nero leather shift knob with Rosso accent stitching.

Read the entire article 2013 Fiat 500C Abarth makes its us debut at the LA Auto Show

Abarth may be known for its performance hatchbacks but this time, it is bent on proving its two-wheel expertise next week at the Motorcycle Live 2012, the largest motorbike show in the UK. The high performance car brand has worked wonders on the 500, 595, Punto Evo and Punto Evo Supersport models but it also has a long motorcycling heritage. In the 1920s and 1930s, Karl Abarth was a well-respected bike racer.

Did you know that the first vehicle to bear the Abarth name is a motorcycle that he designed and built himself in 1924? Karl Abarth dared the Orient Express train to race with him in 1934. Abarth won that race. At the motorbike show, Abarth’s stand is located at 3F61, Hall 3A. It will show off the newest version of the Abarth 595 Competizione, together with the ‘Scorpione’ motorcycle, made to honor Karl Abarth.

It was built by specialist constructor Attitude Customs. The stand will also offer the Abarth Racing Bug Experience, offering guests the opportunity to drive these special radio controlled models. Ivan Gibson, head of Abarth UK, said that it’s rare for a car manufacturer to appear at a bike show but it’s a “perfect fit” for Abarth because of its lengthy motorcycle history and background.

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Abarth’s design philosophy has always revolved on "empowerment," tuning and transforming anything ordinary into something extraordinary. This is why when the company launched the Abarth 500 in 2008, this car was ready to turn heads for its styling and performance.

Since Abarth knew that its customers usually want their vehicles to stand out from the rest, it decided to make personalization as one of its main selling points. The company knows that customers wanted their rides to be as unique as them, so it is offering customers a chance to choose and build a ride that reflects their individual personality and preferences. Abarth is especially achieving this by offering a wider range of performance kits and accessories as well as an array of interior and exterior customization options.

This increasing focus on customization has allowed the company to create and offer its new Abarth range. The first level is represented by the Abarth 500, an already "custom" yet very accessible version that also allows its owners to further personalize it through a vast range of customization and tuning options. The new Abarth 500 is designed to be accessible to wide range of customers yet it is versatile enough to be injected with different and several elements picked to represent their owners’ tastes and preferences. For those who want to opt for performance tuning kits and accessories -- like gear lever knobs and pedal units – new colors as well as new exterior and interior materials are offered.

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