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Friday, August 29, 2014

Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Racing

Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evolution

Can't wait for Friday to be over? Here is some Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evolution racing to kick off your weekend. The Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evolution is an upgraded version of the racing Abarth 695 Assetto Corse. The 1.4L T-Jet engine goes from 200 hp to 215 and weight goes down 44 lbs for a 2028 lbs total. For perspective, this Abarth 695 is about 3 - 400 lbs lighter than a Spec Mazda Miata and has around 50 horsepower more, so you can imagine the Abarth is a blast on the track.







Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2015 Fiat 500, 500c and 500 Turbo Specs

2015 Fiat 500 Turbo Front Emblem

2015 Fiat 500, 500c Cabrio and Fiat 500T Turbo full specifications.
Dimensions are in inches (millimeters) unless otherwise noted.


FIAT 500 GENERAL INFORMATION
Vehicle Type A-segment hatchback or cabrio
EPA Vehicle Class: Mini-compact
Assembly Plant: Toluca, Mexico
Introduction Date Spring 2011 as a 2012 model

FIAT 500 BODY/CHASSIS
Layout: Transverse-mounted front engine, front-wheel drive (FWD)
Construction: Unitized steel body

FIAT 500 and 500C ENGINE: 1.4-LITER MULTIAIR I-4
Availability: Standard — Fiat 500 and 500c Pop, Sport and Lounge
Type and Description: Inline four-cylinder, liquid-cooled
Displacement: 83.48 cu. in. (1,368 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke: 2.83 x 3.31 (72.0 x 84.0)
Valve System: Belt-driven, MultiAir, SOHC, 16 valves, hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers
Fuel Injection: Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction: Cast iron block with aluminum-alloy heads and aluminum-alloy bedplate
Compression Ratio: 10.8:1
Power (SAE net): 101 bhp (75 kW) @ 6,500 rpm (73.8 bhp/liter)
Torque (SAE net): 97 lb.-ft. (132 N•m) @ 4,000 rpm
Max. Engine Speed: 6,900 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement: 87 octane (R+M)/2 acceptable
91 octane recommended
Oil Capacity: 4.0 qt. (3.8 liter) with dry filter
Coolant Capacity: 4.6 qt. (14.4 liter)
Emission Controls: Dual three-way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors
and internal engine features(a)
Max. Gross Trailer Weight: Not rated for trailer tow


EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/hwy): Fiat 500 Pop, Sport and Lounge:
31/40 (five-speed manual)
27/34 (six-speed automatic)
Fiat 500c Pop and Lounge:
31/40 (five-speed manual)
27/34 (six-speed automatic)
Engine Assembly Plant:; Dundee, Mich.
(a) Meets Federal Tier 2 Bin 5 emission requirements and LEV II requirements in California, Massachusetts, New York, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.

FIAT 500T TURBO ENGINE: 1.4-LITER TURBOCHARGED MULTIAIR I-4
Availability: Standard — Fiat 500 Turbo
Type and Description: Inline four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, turbocharged
Displacement: 83.48 cu. in. (1,368 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke: 2.83 x 3.31 (72.0 x 84.0)
Valve System: Belt-driven, MultiAir, SOHC, 16 valves, hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers
Fuel Injection: Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction: Cast-iron block with aluminum-alloy head and aluminum-alloy bedplate
Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
Maximum Turbo Boost (psi / bar): 18 psi / 1.24 bar
Power (SAE): 135 bhp (101 kW) @ 5,500 rpm (98.7 bhp/liter)
Torque (SAE): 150 lb.-ft. (203 N•m) @ 2,400-4,200 rpm
Max. Engine Speed: 6,500 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement: 87 octane (R+M)/2 acceptable
91 octane recommended
Oil Capacity: 4.0 qt. (3.8 liter) with dry filter
Coolant Capacity: 4.6 qt. (14.4 liter)
Emission Controls : Dual three-way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors and internal engine features(a)
Max. Gross Trailer Weight: Not rated for trailer tow
Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/highway/combined): 28 / 34 / 31
Engine Assembly Plant Dundee, Mich.
(a) Meets Federal Tier 2 Bin 5 emission requirements and LEV II requirements in California, Massachusetts, New York, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.

Fiat 500 Turbo Leather Shift Knob


TRANSMISSION: C514 FIVE-SPEED MANUAL
Availability: Standard on 500 and 500c Pop, Sport and Lounge models
Description: 1st, 2nd gear: Double Cone 3rd, 4th, 5th, gear: Single Cone
Gear Ratios
1st 3.909
2nd 2.174
3rd 1.345
4th 0.974
5th 0.766
Reverse 3.818
Final-drive Ratio:
3.44 (500 and 500c Pop and Lounge)
3.73 (500 Sport)
Overall Top Gear:
2.63 (500 and 500c Pop and Lounge)
2.85 (500 Sport)

TRANSMISSION: AISIN AUTOMATIC SIX-SPEED OVERDRIVE WITH AUTO STICK
Availability: Optional on 500 and 500c Pop, Sport, Turbo and Lounge models
Description: Auto Stick driver-interactive manual control and electronically modulated torque converter clutch
Gear Ratios:
1st 4.044
2nd 2.371
3rd 1.556
4th 1.159
5th 0.852
6th 0.672
Reverse 3.193
Final Drive Ratio: 4.103
Overall Top Gear: 2.76

TRANSMISSION: C510 PERFORMANCE FIVE-SPEED MANUAL
Availability: Standard on Fiat 500T Turbo
Description: 1st, 2nd gear: Double Cone
3rd, 4th, 5th, gear: Single Cone
Gear Ratios
1st 3.909
2nd 2.238
3rd 1.520
4th 1.156
5th 0.872
Reverse 3.909
Final-drive Ratio: 3.353
Overall Top Gear: 2.92

2015 Fiat 500 Digital Instrument Panel


FIAT 500 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Alternator:
105-amp — Standard on 500 Pop (with automatic transmission) and 500c Pop, Sport and Lounge models
120-amp — Standard on 500 Pop (with manual transmission) and 500 Turbo
Battery: 500 CCA, maintenance free

FIAT 500 SUSPENSION
Front:
MacPherson suspension, coil spring with twin-tube shock absorbers and stabilizer bar — included with 500 Pop and 500 Lounge
Sport-tuned shock absorbers and springs — included with 500 Sport
Sport-tuned shock absorbers, springs and performance-designed lower-control arm — included with 500 Turbo

Rear: Rear twist-beam axle with coil springs and twin-tube shock absorbers — included with 500 Pop and 500 Lounge
Sport-tuned shock absorbers and springs — included with 500 Sport and 500 Turbo

FIAT 500 STEERING
Type: Power rack and pinion with electric power steering (EPS) column
Overall Ratio: 16.3:1
Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb): 30.6 ft. (9.32 m)
Steering Turns (lock-to-lock): 3.0

FIAT 500 BRAKES
Availability: Standard on 500 and 500c Pop and Lounge, 500 Sport
Front:
Rotor size and type: 10.1 x 0.86 (257 x 22) vented
Caliper size and type: 2.12 (54) single-piston with aluminum housing
Swept area: 193 sq. in. (1,244 sq. cm)
Rear
Rotor size and type: 9.4 x 0.4 (240 x 11) solid
Caliper size and type: 1.33 (34) single-piston with aluminum housing
Swept area: 153 sq. in. (984 sq. cm)

Availability: Standard on 500 Turbo
Front:
Rotor size and type: 11.1 x 0.86 (282 x 22) vented
Caliper size and type: 2.12 (54) single-piston with aluminum housing
Swept area: 193 sq. in. (1,244 sq. cm)
Rear
Rotor size and type: 9.4 x 0.4 (240 x 11) solid
Caliper size and type: 1.33 (34) single-piston with aluminum housing
Swept area: 153 sq. in. (984 sq. cm)

2015 Fiat 500c Cabrio Interior


FIAT 500 DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES(D)
Wheelbase: 90.6 (2,300)
Track, Front:
500 — 55.4 (1,406.8)
500c — 55.4 (1,406.8)
500 Turbo — 55.4 (1,406.8)
Track, Rear:
500 — 55.0 (1,397.0)
500c — 55.0 (1,397.0)
500 Turbo — 55.0 (1,397.0)
Overall Length:
500 — 139.6 (3,546.7)
500c —139.6 (3,546.7)
500 Turbo — 144.4 (3,667.3)
Overall Width: 64.1 (1,627.0)
Overall Height:
500 — 59.8 (1,519)
500c — 59.8 (1,519)
500 Turbo — 59.8 (1,519)


Ground Clearance:
500 Pop — 4.5 (114)
500 Sport and Lounge — 4.5 (114)
500c — 4.6 (118.0)
500 Turbo — 4.5 (114)
Drag Coefficient (Cd):
500 Pop — 0.332
500 Sport — 0.362
500 Lounge — 0.359
500c Pop and Lounge — 0.364
500 Turbo — 0.362
Curb Weight, lb. (kg):
500 with five-speed manual — 2,366 (1,074)
500 with six-speed automatic— 2,452 (1,112)
500c with five-speed manual — 2,424 (1,099)
500c with six-speed automatic— 2,511 (1,139)
500 Turbo with five-speed manual — 2,505 (1,136)
500 Turbo with six-speed automatic — 2,576 (1,168)
Weight Distribution, percent Front/Rear:
500 with five-speed manual — 63/37
500 with six-speed automatic — 65/35
500c with five-speed manual — 62/38
500c with six-speed automatic — 64/36
500 Turbo with five-speed manual — 65/35
500 Turbo with six-speed automatic — 66/34
Fuel Tank Capacity, gal. (liter) 10.5 (40)
(d) All dimensions measured at curb weight with standard tires.

FIAT 500 ACCOMMODATIONS
Seating Capacity, F/R: 2/2
Front Seat
Headroom:
500 — 38.9 (989.1)
500 with sunroof — 37.6 (956.3)
500c — 38.6 (980)
Legroom: 40.7 (1,034.8)
Shoulder room: 49.4 (1,254.8)
Hip room: 47.9 (1,215.4)
Total seat travel:
Driver — 8.2 (210.0)
Passenger — 8.2 (210.0)
EPA front row interior volume:
500 — 45.3 cu. ft. (1.282 cu. m)
500c — 44.9 cu. ft. (1.272 cu. m)

Rear Seat
Head room:
500 — 35.6 (902.9)
500c — 36.8 (934)
Legroom: 31.7 (805.1)
Shoulder room: 46.4 (1,177.5)
Hip room: 42.6 (1083.1)
EPA second row interior volume:
500 — 30.2 cu. ft. (0.854 cu. m)
500c — 31.3 cu. ft. (0.887 cu. m)
Total Passenger Interior Volume:
500 — 75.5 cu. ft. (2.137 cu. m)
500c — 76.2 cu. ft (2.159 cu. m)
EPA Luggage Compartment Volume:
500 — 9.5 cu. ft. (0.269 cu. m)
500c — 5.4 cu. ft. (0.152 cu. m)
EPA Interior Volume Index:
500 — 84.9 cu. ft. (2.405 cu. m)
500c — 81.6 cu.ft (2.311 cu. m)
Trunk Liftover Height: 27.7 (703.6)

2015 Fiat 500 Turbo Wheel


FIAT 500 TIRES
Availability : Standard on 500 Pop and 500 Lounge
Size and type: 185/55R15 BSW All-season
Mfr. and model: Continental ContiProContact or Firestone Firehawk GTH or Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S
Revs per mile (km) 906 (563)

Availability: Standard on 500 Sport and 500 Turbo
Size and type: 195/45R16XL BSW All-season
Mfr. and model: Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S or Continental ContiProContact
Revs per mile (km) 901 (560) or 911 (566)

FIAT 500 WHEELS
Availability: Standard on 500 and 500c Pop
Type and material: Steel wheels with tech silver painted wheel covers
Size: 15 x 6.0

Availability: Optional on 500 and 500c Pop
Type and material: Cast-aluminum, five-oval spoke design, fully painted tech silver
Size: 15 x 6.0

Availability: Standard on 500 Lounge
Type and material: Cast-aluminum, nine split-spoke design, fully painted tech silver
Size: 15 x 6.0

Availability: Standard on 500c Lounge
Type and material: Cast-aluminum, seven-split spoke design, fully painted tech silver
Size: 15 x 6.0

Availability: Optional on 500 and 500c Lounge
Type and material: Cast-aluminum premium finish, radial design, fully painted premium silver
Size: 15 x 6.0

Availability: Standard on 500 Sport
Type and material: Cast-aluminum, polished face with dark mineral gray painted pockets
Size: 16 x 6.5

Availability: Standard on 500 Turbo
Type and material: Cast-aluminum, polished face with gloss black painted pockets
Size: 16 x 6.5

Availability: Optional on 500 Sport
Type and material: Cast-aluminum, five split-spoke design with polished face with dark mineral gray painted pockets and Rosso accented center cap
Size: 16 x 6.5

Availability: Optional on 500 Turbo
Type and material: Cast-aluminum, five split-spoke design with Hyper Nero face and Rosso accented center cap
Size: 16 x 6.5

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Fiat Labor Day Sales Event!

Fiat 500c

Celebrate the last days of summer in style with a new Fiat 500! From now until Spetember 2, Fiat USA is offering an additional $1,000 sales incentive on the cool 2014 Fiat 500 and 500c Cabrio plus the hot Fiat 500 Abarth. Called the Fiat Labor Day Sales Event*, the $1,000 is on top of any other sales incentives going on in your local market area. Below is an example for Mid-Atlantic residents:

2014 Fiat 500 Sport

Mid-Atlantic 2014 FIAT Retail Bonus Cash: $500
Mid-Atlantic FIAT 2014 Consumer Cash: $2,000
Mid-Atlantic 2014 FIAT Bonus Cash: $1,000
Labor Day Retail Bonus Cash: $1,000
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Total Cash Allowance $4,500


That is $4,500 off of a 2014 Fiat 500 Sport! If you've been waiting to buy a new 2014 Fiat 500, now is the time. You need to take delivery by September 2!

Discounts and incentives vary from model and market areas so make sure you visit the Fiat USA Incentive Page for details and contact your local dealer for more information.

Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio

Contact the following Fiat Studios for more details:

Criswell FIAT of Gaithersburg, Maryland - 1-888-878-2488

FIAT of Austin, Texas - 1-877-908-3428

Palmen FIAT of Kenosha, Wisconsin - 1-888-379-0295

Benson FIAT, South Carolina - 1-888-380-1716

FIAT of Larchmont, New York - 1-888-405-2249


or go to the Fiat USA website here to find your nearest dealer.

*This incentive program applies to the purchase of a new 2014 FIAT 500 or FIAT 500c, including Abarth models. The offer ends September 2, 2014, so act fast or you'll miss out.



Friday, August 22, 2014

Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic Up Close

Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic on racetrack

Allison Singer, Vehicle Integration Engineer for the Fiat 500 Abarth platform talks about what makes the Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic different than a traditional automatic transmission equipped car. The Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic is not your grandfather's old slushbox!



In the video, Singer describes the care taken to ensure the full 500 Abarth driving experience is retained. When sport mode is selected, more aggressive transmission settings are activated such as throttle-blipping, rev-matching downshifts along with gears being held longer when accelerating out of corners and when getting off the gas. Snappy upshifts are accompanied by a fuel-cut that makes for a nice pop through the dual tailpipes and the transmission downshifts when getting hard on the brakes to assist stopping performance and to ensure the car is in an appropriate gear to accelerate again.

The Aisin AW automatic transmission used in the 500 Abarth is a traditional torque converter type, beefed up for high performance use with more clutch plates and a more robust heat treatment to allow for higher torque capacity. The Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic is available now to drive at Fiat Studios across the country. Try one out!

Contact the following Fiat Studios for more details:

Criswell FIAT of Gaithersburg, Maryland - 1-888-878-2488

FIAT of Austin, Texas - 1-877-908-3428

Palmen FIAT of Kenosha, Wisconsin - 1-888-379-0295

Benson FIAT, South Carolina - 1-888-380-1716

FIAT of Larchmont, New York - 1-888-405-2249


or go to the Fiat USA website here to find your nearest dealer.


Fiat 500 Abarth AW6F25 Transmission Specifications

Six-Speed Automatic, Electronically
Controlled, Fully Adaptive, Electronically
Modulated Torque Converter, Auto Stick
driver-interactive manual control

Gear Ratios
1ST: 4.044
2ND: 2.371
3RD: 1.556
4TH: 1.159
5TH: 0.852
6TH: 0.672
REVERSE: 3.193
Final-drive Ratio 3.50
Overall Top Gear 2.35

Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg:
(city/highway/combined)
24 / 32/ 27 with six-speed automatic transmission


Fiat 500 Abarth C510 Performance FIVE-SPEED Manual

Availability:  Standard on Fiat 500 Abarth and Fiat 500T
Description:
1st, 2nd gear: Double Cone
3rd, 4th, 5th, gear: Single Cone

Gear Ratios
1st 3.909
2nd 2.238
3rd 1.520
4th 1.156
5th 0.872
Reverse 3.909
Final-drive Ratio 3.353

Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg:
(city/highway/combined)
28 / 34 / 31 with five-speed manual

Full Specs here:

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Abarth Experience Adds New Venues

Fiat 500 Abarth Racetrack

Fiat has announced additional venues for the Abarth Track Experience. What's the Abarth Track Experience you ask? It's a full day of high performance driving instruction that is included with the purchase of every new Fiat 500 Abarth. At the Abarth Experience, owners are able to explore the performance of the 500 Abarth in a safe and controlled race track environment under the watchful eyes of professional high performance driving instructors. One more thing - Fiat supplies the cars!



This year, Fiat has expanded the Abarth Track Experience by adding new locations: Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.; Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.; and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Fiat 500 Abarth Racing


The 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic will be available at events held in the fall. Make sure you register NOW because space is limited.


Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Beach, FL
  • September 9, 2014: space available
  • September 10, 2014: space available
Lime Rock Park - Lakeville, CT
  • September 29, 2014: space available
  • September 30, 2014: space available
Auto Club Speedway - Fontana, CA
  • November 11, 2014: space available
  • November 12, 2014: space available

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Fiat 500 Improved Starting TSB

Fiat 500 Abarth Autocross

Have you had an issue starting your Fiat 500? There is a new Fiat Technical Service Bulletin (Fiat TSB) that has been released announcing a software update that fixes starting issues for owners of 2012 - 2013 Fiat 500 and 500 Abarth models. The symptoms are an occasional cranking no start condition. Fiat 500 owners may also experience an engine that sounds like it is freewheeling or has no compression. In most situations, this is normally resolved by simply trying to restart the car.

Additionally, a small number of Fiat 500 owners may experience a Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) illumination with a P2299 (Brake Pedal Position/ Accelerator Pedal Position Incompatible) code being set.

The fix involves reflashing the Fiat 500 Powertrain Control Module (PCM) with revised software. The reflash also enhances cold weather starting performance.

Fiat 500 Prima Edizione Interior


Note this is for 2012-2013 Fiat 500, 500T Turbo and Fiat 500 Abarth models equipped with the 1.4L MultiAir and MultiAir Turbo engines (sales code EAB or EAF).*

Contact your Fiat Studio for more information. Refer them to Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 18-007-14 REV. A, dated August 14, 2014.

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