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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Fiat500USA: Who says old Fiats aren't tough?

Fiat 124 Remy Julienne Stunt

Here are a few video clips from the internet featuring old Fiats proving the point for your enjoyment.

A famous Fiat 124 commercial from the 1970s featuring Rémy Julienne, Europe's greatest stunt driver.

A couple of other Rémy Julienne Fiat commercial's from the 1970s. This time showing the Fiat 131, X1/9, Spider, and 128.

A neat Fiat commercial from South Africa. The Fiat 131 is one rugged car.

This film clip is from one of my favorite movies when I was growing up. It's called "The Burglars" (or "LE CASSE" in French, "LE COUP" in German). It stars Jean-Paul Belmondo, Omar Sharif and a Fiat 124 Sedan.

Tags: Fiat stunt videos, Fiat 124 Stunt, Fiat Commercials

Friday, August 28, 2009

Fiat500USA Tuner Report: Karl Schnorr Kraftfahrzeuge

Karl Schnorr Kraftfahrzeuge of Germany has just released details of his tuned version of the Fiat 500 Abarth. Schnorr has turned up the heat in the Fiat 500 Abarth with suspension, wheels and power upgrades.

First, special coilover suspension is installed that is lower and stiffer and improves the already very capable 500 Abarth. Next, high end 17 x 7 OZ Racing, Superturismo "Serie Rossa" wheels were selected shod with 205/40 ZR 17 Pirelli Pzero Nero tires.

These upgrades are vital because the big news is the increase in power. There are two power level options, first is power level I, which bumps up the normal 135 hp Abarth 28 hp and 33 LbFt of torque for a total of 163 hp and 185 LbFt respectively.

Power level II is a tire dealers best friend, guaranteed to melt the Pzero Nero's with 200 hp! That's a 65 hp increase and it comes by reworked engine software, bigger turbo and a sport exhaust. This is 10hp more than the rare racing version of the Fiat 500, the Fiat 500 Abarth Assetto Corse.

Below is the official Press Release from Karl Schnorr Kraftfahrzeuge:


Karl Schnorr Kraftfahrzeuge - Saturated Capacity for the Fiat 500 Abarth - up to 200 hp

The Fiat 500 Abarth is currently the head in the range of Fiat. Those who wait for a really fast 500 will be satisfied as soon as this athlete passes through the school of capacity of tuner Karl Schnorr Kraftfahrzeuge.

But one step at a time!

Schnorr leverages the visual appearance up by using sporty parts. The aluminum rims from OZ in red (Seria Rossa) and in size 7x17" are worth 1.090,00 Euro fitting and vehicle inspection registry included. An improvement for sure, the "normal" Abarth looks much more athletic.

Schnorr promises a better road holding after having built in a special coilover kit which lowers the Fiat a few millimetres and charges the account with 1.270,00 Euro fitting and vehicle inspection registry included. For the measurement of the axis will be charged 85,00 Euro and for the adaption of the body 285,00 Euro. No question the serial Abarth accessories emphasize the outline of the Fiat is skilfully. They continue the dynamic layout of the line in a modern way and make hungry for way more.

Power Level I (163 hp - 950,00 Euro) from Schnorr offers for the 1,4-motor with serial 135 hp an improved performance of 28 hp and 45 Nm. At power level II (5.050,00 Euro) you should buckle your seat belt very tight. An aligned engine software in combination with a sport exhaust system with a big turbo charger gives the Fiat 500 the additional 65 hp. Besides the improved performance from 135 up to 200 hp the maximum hinge moment rises definitely. It can keep on carrying Euro 4-Norm.

For more information about the Karl Schnorr Kraftfahrzeuge please contact:

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Elle Macpherson and the Fiat 500C

The Fiat 500 has a growing list of celebrities that love to be seen with it. The 500 has that certain chic factor going for it and it is certainly one of the "it" cars of recent times.

Here's the latest celebrity succumbing to its charms: Australian supermodel, actress, philanthropist and businesswoman, Elle Macpherson.

Here's a press release from Fiat on how Macpherson feels about the 500C.

The new Fiat 500C, just recently launched on main European markets, has a new fan: the supermodel Elle Macpherson. Already the owner of a 500, as soon as she set eyes on the convertible version, Elle wanted to try it out and promptly fell in love with it.

“I love the Fiat 500C, it has that sexy, cool Italian thing going on!” says Elle. “I like the way the car drives – it’s perfect for cities with its small turning circle and the easy way it maneuvers through London”.

The Fiat 500C was launched in the UK earlier in July and is guaranteed to be one of the “greatest hits” among the motoring public, also in view of its decidedly competitive price.

Fiat Group Press

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fiat 500 with sport seats by Sabelt

Fiat 500 Abarth with "Abarth Corse by Sabelt" Sport Seats

The new sport seats "Abarth Corse by Sabelt" are available in Europe as an accessory. Designed by Sabelt Style Center, under supervision of Abarth Style Center, the seats are renown for their lightness (10 kilos less than production seats) and the capability of retaining the body under high lateral and lengthwise acceleration loads due to their special mono-layer padding containment bands. They are high performance sport seats with ergonomics and comfort geared toward street use.

"Abarth Corse by Sabelt" Sport Seats
Equipped with a release and forward-tipping lever, the backrest embodies the headrest and shows the typical slit for the passage of four-point seat belts. In addition, the shell (with its supporting backrest) and the cushion plate are made out of white compound material, formed by structural polyester resins with 1” glass fibers, and are molded using state-of-the-art SMC (Sheet Molding Compound) technology.

Available in two versions (Frau black leather and fretworked black Alcantara, or black "F1" technical fabric) the seats “Abarth Corse by Sabelt” are embellished with some details like, for instance, the aesthetic felled seams with red thread and the distinctive Abarth writing, while the silver color typifies the Scorpion Logo placed on the backrest tilt knob.

After being presented at the recent Geneva show, the first seats “Abarth Corse by Sabelt” have been installed on 200 Abarth 500s used as courtesy cars by European Ferrari dealers. Featuring an exclusive color and a coat inspired by the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, these special cars are upgraded with sport features such as the seats “Abarth Corse by Sabelt”, the variable back-pressure exhaust “Abarth by Magneti Marelli” and the satellite navigator “Abarth Blue&MeTM MAP” with Telemetry function developed by Magneti Marelli

The sport seats “Abarth Corse by Sabelt” will be available for not only Abarth cars but also for the Fiat 500 and Fiat Grande Punto 3-door models through their accessory catalogs.

Sadly, it is doubtful these seats would be available in the United States due to air bag requirements. Maybe they can be imported for "off road use";)

With thanks to Fiat Group Press

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Fiat Freak Out 2009

Over the weekend I had the chance to attend the Fiat Lancia Unlimited (FLU) car clubs national convention called the Fiat Freak Out. What a great group of people. The FLU car club is made up of interesting and very welcoming club members.

Friday I checked out the autocross and Saturday I saw a great car show. The cars displayed covered the full range of Fiats from vintage 500s, 600s, Multiplas, OTAS', Dinos , 850s, 124s, 128s and X1/9s to Lancia Betas and Scorpions. A couple of Ferraris and a Maserati were in the mix, too. Newer European models like a Barchetta roadster, a 1999 Multipla and of course, the new Fiat 500s, one from Lane Motor museum and one courtesy of Chrysler LLC.

The Multipla was driven by adventurer Jim Magill all the way from Northern Ireland. You can read about all his exploits here.

Check out the Freak Out gallery above (there will also be a gallery link on my right side bar), lots of pictures in no particular order. Fiat500USA's YouTube channel will have videos posted of some of the autocross action (as soon as I figure out a windows driver thing).
Next year's Freak Out location hasn't been announced so keep an eye on the official FLU website here. If you like cars it's a show you shouldn't miss.