• Aug 25, 2009
Fiat 500 Abarth by Karl Schnorr – Click above for high-res image gallery
With the Fiat 500 set to come Stateside under the Italian automaker's partnership with Chrysler, our interest already is piqued by any opportunity to further enhance the retro mini's performance. Echoing founder Karl Abarth's Germanic roots, German tuning house Karl Schnorr has answered the call with a two-stage performance upgrade catalog to give the scorpion some added sting.

Fiat itself already offers the 500 in several states of tune. Above the standard engines, the company's Abarth in-house tuning arm offers the 133 horsepower 500 Abarth and the 158-hp 500 Abarth EsseEsse. Schnorr takes things two steps further with the 185-hp, 950-euro (around $1,350) Stage 1 kit and the 197-hp, 5,050-euro (nearly $7,250) Stage 2, complete with upgraded turbocharger and custom sports exhaust. Fresh coilover shocks drop the ride height by a few millimeters, mounted to 17-inch OZ alloys and complemented by even more stripes than the scorpion brand offers from the factory. Check it out in the gallery below and in the press release after the jump.



[Source: Karl Schnorr Kraftfahrzeuge]



PRESS RELEASE:

Karl Schnorr Kraftfahrzeuge - Saturated Capacity for the Fiat 500 Abarth - up to 200 hp

The Fiat 500 Abarth is currently the head in the range of Fiat. Those who wait for a really fast 500 will be satisfied as soon as this athlete passes through the school of capacity of tuner Karl Schnorr Kraftfahrzeuge.

But one step after the other!

Schnorr leverages the visual appearance up by using sporty parts. The aluminium rims from OZ in red (Seria Rossa) and in size 7x17" are worth 1.090,00 Euro fitting and vehicle inspection registryincluded. An improvement for sure, the "normal" Abarth looks much more athletic.

Schnorr promises a better road holding after having built in a special coilover kit which lowers the Fiat a few millimetres and charges the account with 1.270,00 Euro fitting and vehicle inspection registry included. For the measurement of the axis will be charged 85,00 Euro and for the adaption of the body 285,00 Euro. No question the serial Abarth accessories emphasize the outline of the Fiat is skilfully. They continue the dynamic layout of the line in a modern way and make hungry for way more.

Power Level I (163 hp - 950,00 Euro) from Schnorr offers for the 1,4-motor with serial 135 hp an improved performance of 28 hp and 45 Nm. At power level II (5.050,00 Euro) you should buckle your seat belt very tight. An aligned engine software in combination with a sport exhaust system with a big turbo charger gives the Fiat 500 the additional 65 hp. Besides the improved performance from 135 up to 200 hp the maximum hinge moment rises definitely. It can keep on carrying Euro 4-Norm.

For more information about the Karl Schnorr Kraftfahrzeuge please contact: www.schnorr-kfz.de



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Not crazy about the color combination – that red is super vibrant to begin with, and in such large quantities it becomes less of an accent and more of an item that competes for your attention.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That press release is worth reading just for the horrible translation.
      'No question the serial Abarth accessories emphasize the outline of the Fiat is skilfully.'
      That's a good line. One question, why does the AB post say 185 or 197 hp, but the press release says 165 or 200 hp? Was it lost in translation?
      • 5 Years Ago
      In order to be a proper Abarth, they need to add a double bubble top. Who has pictures of the Abarth 1000 and 850. Both had the double bubble top. The car is absurdly wonderful. The hell with esthetics.
      • 5 Years Ago
      just like the JCW mini, prepare to pay waaaay too much for too little (too little, pun?)

      iirc the pricing on the arbaths or perf editions definitely won't be cheap to begin with, let alone adding thousands more.

      but that is in general, not specific to this one tuner
      • 5 Years Ago
      So am I the only one that thinks this car is very ugly?

      And that color combo doesn't help it in the least...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll agree with the color... and i hate colored wheels... but I like the car
        • 5 Years Ago
        For a small car I don't think it looks that bad. I would like to see Fiat redo the X1/9 and put this engine in the proper position. Then I would be interested in it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, not a fan o colored wheels, but the red and white really look good together.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was in France in July and saw these things...and ...while I'm no small car lover, I REALLY liked these!
      Corey Baines
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great, another forum with smug ********.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So I can save $5900 by forgoing stage 2 and only be giving up 12 hp?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Paint Scheme ripped off from the GT3 RS(Old one)

      They should have shoved a Viper engine inside it now. Now that they have it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Car: Yes. Color Scheme: Absolutely not!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The color combination is fine with me. Of course my car would be black (exterior) on black (interior) on black (wheels).

      As for the upgrades, that's based on Euro or Pound exchange rates. Second, local (ie US based) tuners will come up with largely the same upgrades for LESS, stop worrying.

      It will still be some $2-3K cheaper than the Mini S and LIGHTER. Bump up the power to 200whp and more than a few larger, more expensive cars would be surprised... Plus 30+MPG!
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