Magneti Marelli, Chrysler’s Mopar collaborate on Abarth-based Venom

Article by Christian A., on March 20, 2012

Italian supplier Magneti Marelli and Chrysler Group's Mopar components brand are working together on a design exercise, which is based on the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth. The design will add horsepower and reduce the weight of the vehicle, which is dubbed Venom. The automobile has a range of carbon fiber components such as the side mirrors and hood that makes it around 200 pounds lighter compared to the 2,512-pound Abarth. 

The Venom utilizes additional exhaust components and software updates to increase the output of the standard 160-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged engine in the Abarth by as much as 25%. Its roof is accented with a large matte-black Scorpion, which is the legendary symbol for the Abarth. 

Venom was showcased to the people in media in Las Vegas to demonstrate the off-the-shelf bespoke options available to European customizers from Mopar and Magneti Marelli, which is part of Fiat Group in Europe. Currently, the components are not available in the United States.

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth has taken the new Fiat 500 hatchback model’s iconic Cinquecento cues and city-friendly proportions further with a stylistic approach to its high-performance functionality and exterior aerodynamics.

In order to improve aerodynamics, the new Fiat 500 Abarth has a more pronounced front fascia, which is also pushed 2.7 inches ahead of its signature face – the whiskers and logo face. This was done while creating the much-needed engine compartment space for its new 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine. This improvement also recalls Abarth’s stylistic treatments applied on its vintage 1000 TC and 850 TC models.

Moreover, the signature "Abarth" shield continues the one-of-a-kind front aerodynamic design treatment of the Fiat 500 Abarth and floats on finned surface, which serves as additional air intake. Meanwhile, the air intakes "triptych" consists of 3 inlets with openings that are broader compared to that of the Fiat 500. Also, for a more aggressive appearance, the vehicle’s blacked-out fascia accent has integrated projector-beam fog lamps and directs air for engine cooling. The twin "nostrils" are positioned precisely on the front fascia in order to maximize the air flow in and out of both engine intercoolers.

In addition, more aggressive side skirts that are Abarth-designed provide an athletic and vertical profile, while also highlighting the Fiat 500 Abarth’s iconic curves. What’s more, Abarth-designed 16” cast-aluminum wheels fill the vehicle’s flared wheel arches as well as provide ventilation for its performance brake system. You can also opt for 17” lightweight forged-aluminum wheels. Both wheel designs make the lacquered Rosso brake calipers visible.

As for the rear, a large spoiler is mounted on the liftgate and extends the vehicle’s roofline as well as improves its aerodynamic behavior by creating an added down force.

Topics: chrysler, mopar, abarth

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