Thursday, December 3, 2009

Exclusive: Fiat 500 Abarth Opening Edition with 160Hp plus 42 High-Res Images

If the standard Fiat 500 Abarth with its 135Hp strong 1.4-liter turbocharged engine doesn’t do the trick then you ought to take a look at the “500 Abarth Opening Edition” that will be produced in a limited number of units with the Italian market receiving just 100 cars.

First of all, the 500 Abarth Opening Edition is fitted with a revised version of the stock 1.4-liter turbo engine that produces 160Hp at 5750 rpm and a maximum torque of 230 Nm at 3000 rpm. Combined with a 5-speed gearbox the Opening Edition can go from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in just 7.4 sec and on to a top speed of 211 km/h (131mph). That’s compared to the standard 500 Abarth’s 7.9 sec & 205 km/h.

Other mechanical upgrades include the adoption of front and rear perforated disc brakes, high performance front brake pads, a special ‘powered by BMC’ air filter, special low springs and 17" alloys painted white or titanium complete with 205/40 R16 ZR 17 Pirelli Pzero Nero tires. -Continued

On the outside, the 500 Abarth Opening Edition is distinguished by the red brake callipers and privacy windows. Inside, distinctive features include leather upholstery, a plate with the car serial number on the central tunnel, two aluminium badges bearing the wording ‘500 Abarth Opening Edition’ positioned on the faring while the gear knob is in glossy anodised aluminium with red engraved gears. Other features unique to the 500 Abarth Opening Edition include a grey or white fuel cap and key cover.

Buyers can choose between two colours (Campovolo grey or pearlised White) while there’s also the option of special stickers including a red chequered flag on the roof (exclusive to the Campovolo Grey shade) that pays homage to the numerous sporting victories of the Abarth brand. Finally, just to make it a tad more special, Fiat delivers the car with a cover bearing a period Abarth 595 design.

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