Body: Convertible Year: 12/12
Fuel Type: Petrol
Quote Reference Number: 075-528271
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- Insurance Group27U
- Performance (BHP)135
- Number of Seats4
- CO2 (g/km)155
- Road Tax£190
|Electric front windows|
|ESP + ASR/MSR + HBA + Hill holder|
|Blue & me with USB + Aux in|
|Dual drive PAS|
|Electric wing mirrors with demisting function|
|Body colour electric adjustable door mirrors|
|Steering wheel mounted audio controls|
|MP3 compatible radio/single CD player|
|Exterior Body Features|
|Electric cloth hood|
|Twin chrome exhaust tailpipes|
|Front fog lights|
|Height adjustable steering wheel|
|Leather steering wheel|
|Smoker's Pack - Abarth|
|Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags|
|Drivers knee airbag|
|Height adjustable driver's seat|
|2 rear head restraints|
|Memory function for passenger seat|
|Lockable fuel cap|
|Remote door locking/ boot locking|
|Wheels - Spare|
|Fix and go kit|
The specification listed for this vehicle was standard when purchased new. The actual specification may vary, for confirmation, please contact our sales department.
"This is the 135 Essesse model! Featuring stunning Tan leather which offers a great contrast to the white exterior. Open top driving with a purposeful level of performance, a go-Kart for the road! Full service history, air conditioning, multi-function steering wheel and rear parking sensors all feature. Fully inspected by our trained technicians for your complete peace of mind"
- Air Conditioning
- Alloy Wheels
- Leather Seats
- Panoramic Roof
- Parking Sensors
- Low Mileage
- Full Service History
- CD Player
Ten Second Review
Unmistakably a Fiat 500 but, at the same time, thoroughly modified to give a harder, faster edge, the Abarth 500 will appeal to a different market than its lovable standard sibling. With 133bhp from a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine, sharper steering and upgraded suspension, it's a properly quick hatchback that retains the retro style of the original.
The Fiat bit of this car has certainly been made scarce. There's not a single Fiat insignia visible on the exterior or in the cabin and instead, the Abarth 500 is littered with the red and yellow crest and lone scorpion of Abarth. This is clearly a Fiat 500 but the Italian manufacturer is telling us it's a very special one, worthy of its own sub-brand. The question is, can it live up to this billing?
The conventional Fiat 500 is not a car that instantly strikes you as being ripe for conversion into a rip-roaring hot hatchback. It's a little bit soft and bouncy in its suspension and although this helps it ride well over surface imperfections and makes it an amiable companion for scooting about town, it doesn't exactly encourage you to hurl it into corners. As befits its target market, the Abarth 500 is a very different prospect with far-reaching modifications designed to transform the driving experience. First is the 1.4-litre turbocharged powerplant that produces 133bhp and a smooth flow of power from 2,000rpm. It's capable of firing the 500 to 60mph in under eight seconds and on to a 128mph top speed, which is plenty quick. The suspension has also been firmed up significantly to increase composure through the bends and the brakes have been upgraded to sportier items for more secure stopping. The Abarth 500 might be small but it's equipped with some interesting technological trickery. Fiat's TTC torque transfer system can detect wheelspin and by braking the wheel that has lost traction, divert the engine's torque to the other wheel where it can be effectively deployed. It adds up to scrabble-free acceleration out of junctions and away from tight corners, increasing the 500's poise and making it easier to utilise the car's power. Fiat's famous 'city button' as featured in the standard 500 models is changed to a sport button in this Abarth. Instead of making the steering lighter, it weights the helm up for more feel and a sportier driving experience but that's not all. A press of the clear plastic domed button on the dash also frees an extra slug of torque from the engine. With the Sport mode engaged, the Abarth 500 has 206Nm of torque at 3,000rpm instead of 187Nm at 2,500rpm which equates to more muscle to make the most of the car's handling.
Design and Build
The Fiat 500 is a car that trades on its looks at least as much as any other single part of its make up. In creating the Abarth version, however, the designers were faced with the problem of making one of the market's cutest cars look aggressive and purposeful. The effect is something of a mix and match between the 500's trademark features and the kinds of racy extras you find on today's leading fast hatchbacks. Abarth badging is everywhere from pride of place on the grille to the rear wings, the 16" alloys wheels, the steering wheel hub and the tailgate. Even the engine gets an Abarth scorpion crawling across it. At the front, below the 500's double headlights, a pair of fog lights is set into the air-intake and these jewel-like additions are mirrored by the chromed exhausts that protrude from the rear diffuser. Side skirts and flared wheelarches dominate the flanks along with the distinctive Abarth racing stripe decals. Inside, much of the standard 500's interior design is retained but there wasn't a lot wrong with it anyway. The swathe of body-coloured plastic runs across the dash with the gear lever integrated below and the air-con controls arranged in neat circles. The sports steering wheel is trimmed in leather and is extremely tactile while the sports seats also get leather coverings and large side bolsters to hold you in place. The turbo boost gauge is another addition for the Abarth and at its centre is a warning light that prompts the driver to change gear at the opportune moment. It shows the best time to shift up or down for the greatest fuel economy in normal mode but press the Sport button and it turns its attention to maximising performance.
Market and Model
Cost of Ownership
Being the compact size that it is helps the Abarth 500 achieve respectable fuel economy and emissions. The combined cycle economy figure of 52.3mpg and emissions of 155g/km make the Abarth one of the most affordable fast hatchbacks to run and make it accessible to groups of buyers who may have previously considered such cars out of their price range.
Electric front windows, ABS/EBD, Blue & me with USB + Aux in, Dual drive PAS, Trip computer, Electric wing mirrors with demisting function, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Body colour bumpers, 'Guide me home' headlamps...
|0 to 60 mph (secs)|
|0 to 62 mph (secs)||7.9|
|Engine Power - BHP||135|
|Engine Power - KW||101|
|Engine Power - PS|
|Engine Power - RPM||5500|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT||152|
|Engine Torque - MKG||21|
|Engine Torque - NM||206|
|Engine Torque - RPM||2000|
|CO2 (g/km)||139 (g/km)|
|Noise Level dB(A)||74|
|Standard Euro Emissions||EURO 6|
|EC Combined (mpg)||47.1|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg)||57.7|
|EC Urban (mpg)||35.8|
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