Abarth 500 due next month
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
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.