• Oct 3rd 2008 at 1:29PM
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Click above for high-res gallery of the Fiat 500 Abarth esseesse

Abarth, the high-performance wing of Fiat, got to finally unveil its hotted up version of the 500 hatch at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. The 500 Abarth esseesse (that's "SS" in Italian) takes Fiat's throwback three-door and adds a road-hugging ground effects kit with a new lower front fascia, Abarth-spec 17-inch white wheels, a lowered sport suspension and, most importantly, a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder producing 160 hp and a peak torque rating of 170 lb-ft in "sport mode". We thought Abarth would fit the 500 esseesse with a six-speed transmission, but the specs reveal that it will be one cog short with a five-speed manual. Still, Abarth claims it will claw its way to 62 mph in 7.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 131 mph. Performance specs aside, we bet drag racing and runs to the rev limiter aren't half as much fun in the 500 esseesse as simply dashing down a twisty mountain pass.

500 Abarth 1.4 16V turbo 160 CV "esseesse"


• 4 cylinders in line, 4 valves per cylinder, 1368 cm3
• Power: 160 CV (147 KW) at 5750 g/min.
• Max. torque of 206 Nm (230 Nm sport mode) at 3000 g/min.
• IHI RHF3 fixed geometry turbocharger

• 5-speed C510 transmission

Air filter
• Abarth-specific, powered by BMC

• Electric power steering with "sport mode"

• Front: McPherson with anti-roll bar
• Rear: interconnected bars with torsion beam

Ride height
• Specifically lowered compared to the 500 Abarth 135CV

• Self-ventilated, perforated front brake disc ø 284 mm x 22 mm
• Perforated rear brake disc ø 240 mm x 11 mm
• High-performance front brake pads

• Abarth-specific Abarth "esseesse" style alloys, 7" x 17" ET 35
• 205/40 ZR17 P ZERO BLACK tires

• Maximum speed 211 Km/h.
• Acceleration 0/100 m 7.4 sec.

Fuel consumption
• Urban: 8.5 litres per 100km
• Extra-urban: 5.4 litres per 100km
• Combined: 6.5 litres per 100km

• 155 g per km CO2 (compared to Euro 5 CEE-F5 standard)
Special features
• Specific ""esseesse"" key cover
• Tire pressure sensors
• ""esseesse"" logo on tailgate/engine hood

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      • 7 Years Ago
      what is so hard about putting 'SS'? Could they not spell it?
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's a tradition of Abarth.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That phat steering wheel would look right in just about any car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      damn, I was really hoping for a 6sp. I'm sick of buzzing on the highway in 5th at 75mph......
      • 7 Years Ago
      If Fiat ever wanted to enter the USA market, they certainly could do worse than this charming little car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I... WANT... ONE...
      • 7 Years Ago
      esse esse specially for latino market....
      • 7 Years Ago
      i'm pretty sure they're now more versions of the Fiat 500 than the Mustang.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Considering that most of the "Special Edition" Mustangs that everyone loves to bash are actually tuner cars modified by third parties, you are probably right.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yup, still like it. It is odd they used the 5-speed, but I'm sure they had some reason.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm really excited about this little car, I've seen a few stock Fiat 500 in dealers and on the streets here in the Dominican Republic and they look great. I'm hoping that Fiat will bring this Abarth-modified version down, I'll buy one for damn sure!
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