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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth: The Key Elements

US 500 Abarth

The key elements of the 2012 US Fiat 500 Abarth:

Everyday Performance Car
Track-ready capability, high horsepower-per-liter engine, combined with the quality, efficiency and refinement expected in a world-class small car

Benchmark levels of performance, track-proven reliability and durability

Purposeful and functional performance design, Abarth-tuned powertrain control module (PCM) and performance-tuned exhaust with menacing sound

State-of-the-art powertrain and chassis technology once limited to premium-priced performance cars

Racing Heritage
More than 60 years of performance and competition tuning, including active international series races today

The twin intercooled and MultiAir-equipped 1.4-liter engine delivers an estimated 160 horsepower (119 kW) and 170 lb.-ft. (230 N•m) of torque, delivering 70 percent increase in engine rpm torqueand a 59 percent increase in power over base 1.4-liter engine

Koni FSD
Abarth-tuned chassis with Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) front shock absorbers automatically provide the dampening needed for the track or uneven roadways

Lowered ride height, beefier rear suspension, larger brakes and wider tires deliver added driver confidence

Exterior is specifically designed for aerodynamic efficiency, improved down force and maximum system cooling

500 Abarth engineers tested the new 2012 model for more than 2 million miles. Development vehicles raced “round-the-clock” in 24-hour endurance challenges to prove durability

Source:Chrysler Media

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