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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Just announced: Esseesse kit for the Abarth 500C

Abarth has just announced the much anticipated esseesse kit for the Abarth 500C. This kit bumps the 1.4 liter Turbocharged engine from 135hp to 160hp and also consists of high performance brake pads, drilled brake rotors (front and rear), lowering springs and special Koni shocks all the way around. Ultra-high performance 205/40 ZR17 tires mounted on 17x7 Abarth esseesse alloy wheels with tire pressure monitors and a high performance air filter round out the package. The esseesse kit is delivered in a special Abarth wooden crate, which by itself, is valued as a collectors item.

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Below is Abarth's description of the Abarth 500C esseesse:

The kit for the Abarth 500C tunes the 1.4 16v Turbo T-Jet power unit to achieve a maximum power of 160 HP (117 kW) at 5750 rpm and in Sport mode, a maximum torque of 230 Nm at 3000 rpm with the performance of an out-and-out sports car: top speed is 209 km/h with acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 7.6 seconds. As with the Punto Evo, the 500C maintains its Euro 5 compliance even once the kit has been installed, with CO2 emissions equal to 151 g/km.

Safety is always the focus with Abarth tuning, as evidenced by the upgrading of the braking system and adjusted ride: the esseesse kit for the 500C includes perforated, ventilated front disc brakes (diameter 284 mm x 22 mm), perforated rear disc brakes (diameter 240 mm x 11 mm), high performance front brake pads, front and rear Koni shock absorbers with FSD valve, specific red springs set lower than those on the original car, Abarth esseesse 7” x 17” ET35 alloy wheels painted white or titanium, combined with 205/40 ZR17 tyres.

The conversion kit for the Abarth 500C also includes four sensors to record correct tyre pressure, a special “powered by BMC” air filter and esseesse badges for the engine cover and tailgate.

The esseesse kit for the Abarth 500C is due to go on sale from October in all European markets.

Courtesy Fiat Group Press

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