• Sep 22nd 2008 at 8:01PM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse

The first official images of the production Fiat 500 Abarth esseesse (SS) have made their way onto the Web and as suspected, it's as racy as a hot hatch can get.

The esseesse is fitted with a full body kit consisting of a new front fascia, lower side skirts and a redesigned rear bumper housing a diffuser and pair of chrome exhaust tips, while 17-inch (?) wheels and a small spoiler round out the appearance package.

Inside, a set of bolstered buckets keep drivers planted in the bends and expect a revised IP, red trim and Abarth logos emblazoned into the dash. No engine specs have been released yet, but expect the turbocharged 1.4-liter to put around 160 hp through a six-speed manual before it reaches the front wheels through a Q2 Torsen C limited slip differential.

All the details will be revealed next week when we make the trek across the Atlantic to cover the Paris Motor Show. Stay tuned.

[Source: Autoblog.it]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey, Chrysler, here's your new Dodge Hornet. Slap a badge on it and bring it over!
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's already the Ford Ka. Both are built on the same platform.

        I'm pretty sure Ford would prefer to bring it here than let Dodge have it.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Now that is a hot Hatch! Too bad it is slower than it looks, but still a sweet little car.

      Think I would take the toned down version.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Depends on how fast it looks to you I guess.

        The 500 is quite a lightweight. I don't know the specifics on this particular models but the regular 500's weigh in around 900-950kg, about 2035 lbs on average. With 160hp to pull that weight around, that's a power to weight ratio of about 12.7lbs/hp.

        Compare that to the MazdaSpeed3 which weighs about 3153lbs and has 263hp giving it a ratio of 11.9lbs/hp. Other notables are the Cooper S at 15.3lbs/hp, the GTI at 15.5lbs/hp, and the Honda Civic Si at 14.7lbs/hp.

        I think the 500 Abarth esse esse will hold its own just fine. That lighter weight should equal better handling as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the standard look of the 500 Abarth more
      • 7 Years Ago
      Still too girly
      • 7 Years Ago
      ey vato... check out my esseesse, ese...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Convincing renderings.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's gotta be pretty peppy and I'm liking the 6-spd manual + lsd, but I'd rather trade for smaller wheels (less rotational inertia too) and a little more sidewall.

      Overall well done.
      • 7 Years Ago
      yes, overdone, and will have a good drive with a torsen lsd
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks a little over done...
        • 7 Years Ago

        If it looked like the 1.4L sport with a lip spoiler, abarth badges and perhaps different wheels I'd be interested as opposed to now with the the splashes of color everywhere and over-the-top bodywork.
      • 7 Years Ago
      good GAWD I want one. price it around / under the Mini Cooper S, bring it to the US, and you'll have my deposit as soon as they can figure out what dealership it's going to be selling under...
        • 7 Years Ago
        It won't coss less than a Cooper S. The not "esse esse" version of the 500 Abarth will cost about the same than the Cooper S. I guess it will cost the same as a JCW Mini.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Erm, the Non-esseesse version is competing with the Cooper, the normal Fiat 500 competing with the Mini One. This is their CooperS competitor.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like this, although, I'd personally love all of these power in just one of the normal looking 500s. Obviously, not many people would want that, hence, they won't do it, but I would :-)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it!

      But, I'm also a hot hatch sort of guy. The more we have available here, the better.

      Sounds like a pretty good amount of power for a car so small.

      Something like that would not find itself too far behind the larger, more powerful hot hatches we have here now(MS3, Cooper S, GTI). Might have better handling too with less weight to drag around. Almost like a new-age Mk1 or Mk2 VW GTI. If only VW would do the same, like a Polo GTI perhaps??
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