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Monday, March 11, 2013
Abarth at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show
The Abarth display at this year's Geneva Motor Show highlights their new Fuoriserie program and the hot new Punto Supersport.
The Abarth "Fuoriserie" or "Special Production" program enables Abarth 500 owners to design and customize their cars for a unique Abarth experience. Abarth Fuoriserie cars are based on the Abarth 695 series and feature an upgraded 180 hp T-Jet engine, the paddle shifted automated manual 5-speed C510 “Abarth Competizione” gearbox, large Brembo 4 piston caliper front brakes, Koni suspension and Magneti Marelli variable back-pressure dual mode exhaust. Carbon fiber trim and a Harman’s JBL audio system are part of the interior package. From there, Abarth owners can choose from a unique selection of colors and materials not available in the standard Abarth 500.
A look at the Abarth "Fuoriserie" or "Special Production" program. The good news is there is talk that this series will be rolled out to other countries outside of Europe! Stay tuned!
Abarth offers two customization themes to select from - Heritage Collection and New Wave - each version has a unique flavor. The Heritage Collection is inspired by the legendary Abarth championship cars from the past. The New Wave design theme draws its inspiration from the modern world of sports and supercars.
At Geneva, Abarth brought out two examples of each theme: Abarth 695 'Record' and Abarth 695 'Scorpione' for the Heritage Collection, and the Abarth 695 'Hype' and Abarth 695 'Black Diamond' showcasing New Wave .
Abarth 695 'Record'
Capturing the spirit of Abarth record-breaking race cars of the past, the Abarth 695 'Record' sports Matte Competizione Grey paintwork and a traditional Abarth checkerboard roof. Matte black wheels and red Brembo brake calipers accent the design.
Gorgeous 'Abarth Corsa by Sabelt' seats in black leather with red Alcantara insert and stitching dominate the interior. Gloss carbon fiber is lavished on the seat shells, kick plates, dash and gear panel. The parcel shelf also receives attention and is finished in red.
Abarth 695 'Scorpione'
Giving a nod to the legendary Abarth street cars from the 70s, like the 124 Abarth, this Abarth creation features a matte black hood with an added racing stripe on top of gloss black paintwork. Exterior details, like the mirror caps and door pillars, are finished with gloss carbon fiber inserts. The 17x7 alloy wheels are Magnesium-colored and are set off by red Brembo brake calipers.
Sabelt seats in black leather and perforated grey Alcantara are adorned with 695 and 'Fuoriserie' logos in red. Matte carbon fiber is used in lieu of the gloss carbon fiber of the 695 'Record.' Leather is used to trim the rear parcel shelf.
Abarth 695 'Hype'
The Abarth Fuoriserie New Wave collection is well represented with the Abarth 695 'Hype'. Matte Record Grey paint is topped with Matte Green and a yellow stripe and give the car a tough, yet elegant look. Titanium colored wheels and trim are used along with yellow brake calipers. An enormous roof mounted Scorpion logo complete the look.
The interior features black leather 'Abarth Corsa by Sabelt' seats with olive green Alcantara inserts. Yellow is used throughout as interior accents, and gloss carbon fiber is called upon to finish the seat shells, kick plates, dash and gear panel.
Abarth 695 'Black Diamond'
The final Abarth Fuoriserie creation is said to be targeted towards its female fans. It brings together Matte Record Grey and Scorpione Black paint separated with a unique horizontal chrome accent moulding. Chrome is also used for the mirror caps and continues the sophisticated theme. The 'Black Diamond' wears magnesium finished wheels highlighted with traditional red painted calipers. A subtle gloss grey chequered flag on the roof is the finishing touch.
Abarth sport seats are in sand beige leather and feature '695' heat printed into the head restraints. As is popular with 695 series cars, the parcel tray is customized and covered in leather and sports a silver embroidered logo. Matte finished carbon fiber is used for the interior trim.
The new Abarth Punto Supersport on display at Geneva shows off its new wheel design and subtle updates for 2013. The Punto Supersport is a B segment hot hatch and uses the 180 HP 1.4 L MultiAir Turbo, similar to the engine in the US Fiat 500 Abarth. The 2013 Punto Supersport adds optional gloss-matte paintwork on the roof, hood and 5-"claw" wheel design, matte black interior paintwork and Brembo brakes.
The Abarth Punto Supersport would be a terrific addition to the Abarth lineup here in the US as it would give current 500 Abarth owners a way to trade up and stay within the Fiat Group while they work their way towards a new Alfa Romeo. The Punto Supersport's exotic look makes a GTI look bland and unexciting in comparison. It's a long shot, but we can only hope!
Images courtesy of Fiat Group Press