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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.

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