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Friday, August 22, 2014

Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic Up Close

Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic on racetrack

Allison Singer, Vehicle Integration Engineer for the Fiat 500 Abarth platform talks about what makes the Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic different than a traditional automatic transmission equipped car. The Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic is not your grandfather's old slushbox!

In the video, Singer describes the care taken to ensure the full 500 Abarth driving experience is retained. When sport mode is selected, more aggressive transmission settings are activated such as throttle-blipping, rev-matching downshifts along with gears being held longer when accelerating out of corners and when getting off the gas. Snappy upshifts (150-200 milliseconds at full-throttle!) are accompanied by a fuel-cut that makes for a nice pop through the dual tailpipes and the transmission downshifts when getting hard on the brakes to assist stopping performance and to ensure the car is in an appropriate gear to accelerate again.

The Aisin AW automatic transmission used in the 500 Abarth is a traditional torque converter type, beefed up for high performance use with more clutch plates and a more robust heat treatment to allow for higher torque capacity. The Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic is available now to drive at Fiat Studios across the country. Try one out!

Contact the following Fiat Studios for more details:

Criswell FIAT of Gaithersburg, Maryland - 1-888-878-2488

FIAT of Austin, Texas - 1-877-908-3428

Palmen FIAT of Kenosha, Wisconsin - 1-888-379-0295

Benson FIAT, South Carolina - 1-888-380-1716

FIAT of Larchmont, New York - 1-888-405-2249

or go to the Fiat USA website here to find your nearest dealer.

Fiat 500 Abarth AW6F25 Transmission Specifications

Six-Speed Automatic, Electronically
Controlled, Fully Adaptive, Electronically
Modulated Torque Converter, Auto Stick
driver-interactive manual control

Gear Ratios
1ST: 4.044
2ND: 2.371
3RD: 1.556
4TH: 1.159
5TH: 0.852
6TH: 0.672
REVERSE: 3.193
Final-drive Ratio 3.50
Overall Top Gear 2.35

Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg:
24 / 32/ 27 with six-speed automatic transmission

Fiat 500 Abarth C510 Performance FIVE-SPEED Manual

Availability:  Standard on Fiat 500 Abarth and Fiat 500T
1st, 2nd gear: Double Cone
3rd, 4th, 5th, gear: Single Cone

Gear Ratios
1st 3.909
2nd 2.238
3rd 1.520
4th 1.156
5th 0.872
Reverse 3.909
Final-drive Ratio 3.353

Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg:
28 / 34 / 31 with five-speed manual

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