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Fiat will put the Abarth 500 up against the Renault Clio RenaultSport 200 Gordini Edition and Volkswagen Polo GTI.

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13th February, 2011

Although it was due to arrive in Australia last year, the Australian importer of Fiat has now confirmed that the hotted-up version of Fiatís 'bambino', the Fiat 500, will arrive in the middle of March and that the Abarth 500 will be the extra 'hot' Esseesse version as standard.

Compared to the normal Abarth 500, the Esseesse version destined for Australia has a power boost from 99 kW to 117 kW, while the maximum torque lifts from 206 to 230 Nm. To cope with the power and torque lift, the Abarth 500 Esseesse has, over the normal Abarth 500, extra lowered suspension, up-rated springs and suspension, cross drilled brake discs and 7x17 inch alloy wheels in a style unique to the Esseesse. Top speed is 211 km/h and the 100 km/h dash is achieved in 7.4 seconds, yet fuel consumption is just 6.5 litres on the combined cycle.

Full pricing and specification for the Abarth 500 Esseesse will be announced in March 2011, when this Fiat 500 derivative is released in Australia.


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