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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Abarth at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Abarth at 2017 Geneva Show

Abarth fans visiting the 2017 Geneva Motor Show were treated to several new editions to the Abarth model lineup. The new Abarth 595 Pista, Abarth 695 Yamaha XSR special and the Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione.

Abarth 595 Pista
The new Abarth 595 Pista is the latest special edition of the 595 series. For those who don't remember, the Abarth 595 replaced the 500 series last year and pay homage to the original Abarth 595 that debuted back in 1963. That Fiat Abarth 595 took the normal Fiat 500 to an extreme level, doubling the horsepower of the standard car and modifying the trim.

The new modern Abarth 595 carries on the tradition. Pista means "track" in Italian and the 595 Pista has 160 hp compared to the standard 145 HP in the regular 595. Additionally, the 595 Pista has drilled and slotted rotors, Koni FSD shocks all the way around and the Dual -Mode Record Monza exhaust. Interior and exterior trim are also upgraded.

Abarth 595 Pista

Abarth 595 Pista Rear

Noteworthy is the titanium exterior trim and the ability to choose the color of the grille trim and mirror covers. The Abarth 595 Pista is available in five paint colors with contrasting details: Campovolo Grey, Gara White, Abarth Red, Record Grey and Scorpione Black.

Abarth Telemetry system

One of the neat features of the Abarth 595 Pista is the Abarth Telemetry system which lets you to load famous racing circuits, like Monza, and Spa-Francorchamps into the GPS and allows you to record your track times and sessions. You can then view and analyze them later to improve your performance.

Abarth 695 Yamaha XSR

Abarth 695 Yamaha XSR
Abarth also showed off their limited edition Abarth 695 Yamaha XSR. The Abarth 695 series is the top of the pecking order in the Abarth lineup and features more performance than the 595 series and offers unique trim. The Abarth 695 Yamaha XSR commemorates Abarth's partnership with the Yamaha Factory Racing Team. For the third year in a row, Abarth is the Official Sponsor and Official Car Supplier of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team which will be competing in the 2017 FIM MotoGP World Championship.

Abarth 695 Yamaha XSR and Bike

Abarth 695 Yamaha XSR Plaque

The new Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha comes exclusively in Pista Grey paint, and only 695 hatch and 695 convertibles will be made. The arrival of this limited edition car coincides with the unveiling of the Yamaha XSR900 Abarth motorcycle, which also comes in the same Pista Grey with red trim as the car. Both the car and bike share some of their features such as a good helping of carbon fiber and Akrapovič ultralight exhaust systems.

Abarth 695 Yamaha XSR Rear

The 695 XSR Yamaha sports a 165 HP T-Jet engine, Koni FSD rear shocks and Eibach springs, 17'' Supersport alloy rims with Matte Black finish, Satin Chrome accents on handles and badge supports, red details on bumpers and mirrors, red brake calipers and drilled brake rotors. If desired, a tuning kit is available to bump the power to 180 HP and improve handling with Koni front struts with FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) valving. Braking is also upgraded with drilled Brembo 305x28mm floating front rotors and high-performance Ferodo HP 1000/1 pads.

Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione

Abarth 124 Spider
Abarth is riding high on the excitement caused by the arrival of the Abarth 124 Spider last year, but it's not resting on its laurels. At Geneva, Abarth unveiled the new Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione, a decontented Abarth Spider but with all the performance features of the standard car. This is great news for purists or those who want performance without frills. The Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione is available in two colors: "San Marino 1972 Black" with "Forgiato Grey" details or "Turini 1975 White".

Abarth Tuning
In Europe, Abarth offers an extensive tuning and accessories program for their different models. At the show, Abarth displayed three conversion kits they have for the Abarth 595.

Abarth Transformation Kit

The "160HP Tune-Up Kit" increases engine power from 145 to 160 HP. The package also includes Koni shocks all the way around and Eibach lowering springs, Ferodo brake pads and "Abarth Elaborazione" exterior badge. Abarth supplies the kit in their conversion box - the traditional wooden crate, just like they did in the 1960s.

Abarth offers a "180HP Tune-Up Kit" for their 595 Turismo that takes this car from 165 to 180 HP. The 595 Turismo is a higher spec car in the 595 range and is geared towards luxury along with increased performance. The Tune-Up kit included Koni front struts (the Turismo already has them in the rear), Brembo floating front brake rotors with red calipers, Ferodo brake pads, "Abarth Elaborazione" exterior badge along with the wooden conversion crate.

The last kit on display was the "Record Monza Exhaust System Kit" This Dual Mode muffler has a valve that bypasses the muffler when the engine speed goes over 3,000 rpm. Its name honors Carlo Abarth's speed record he personally set at Monza race track in 1965. It also comes in its own special box which any Abarth enthusiast would covet.

Record Monza Exhaust System Kit

Besides these kits, Abarth offers a full range of tasty accessories: ultralight Esseesse white and titanium rims, mirror caps, pillar liners and carbon fiber dashboards, gear knobs, kick plates and pedal boards made of aluminum and carbon fiber.

Abarth owners in North America may lament that Fiat USA doesn't offer the same extensive line of accessories as they do in Europe, but that should not hinder too much. The vendors on the Fiat 500 USA Forum have you covered. All the accessories listed above and then some can be had through the vendors on the forum.

Images and source: FCA

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