New 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio: The Ultimate High-performance Italian Small Car Adds Open-air Driving Excitement

 New 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio: The Ultimate High-performance Italian Small
                     Car Adds Open-air Driving Excitement

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  oNew Fiat 500c Abarth combines turbocharged, track-capable performance with
    a clever open-top design for a high-performance four-passenger cabrio with
    the most interior space, rear-seat legroom and shoulder room among key
  oTurbocharged and twin-intercooled 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine provides
    the Fiat 500c Abarth with 160 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque, and is
    mated to a track-proven five-speed manual transmission
  oAbarth-tuned performance hardware delivers world-class ride and
    track-ready durability with a lowered ride height, beefier suspension,
    larger brakes and wider tires
  oFiat 500c Abarth builds on the Abarth brand's tradition of exterior and
    interior design enhancements added only for performance gain
  oFiat 500c Abarth includes a segment-exclusive full-day Abarth Driving
    Experience and arrives to FIAT Studios in the first-quarter of 2013

The Fiat 500 Abarth brought world-class performance and precision, purposeful
and aggressive styling, high power-to-weight ratio and limited-production
volume to North American driving enthusiasts in 2012. Adding even more
excitement to Karl Abarth's line of "small but wicked" cars, the new 2013 Fiat
500 Abarth Cabrioharks back to his open-air track cars of the 1960s, while
delivering the most visceral experience of any modern Cinquecento to date.

"The new Fiat 500c Abarth delivers the wicked attitude and track-proven
capabilities of the hatchback model, now with the rush of open-air Italian
performance," said Tim Kuniskis, Head of FIAT Brand for North America —
Chrysler Group LLC. "And with the push of a button our new turbocharged cabrio
can unleash that added sense of freedom, while offering one of the most
respected soundtracks of all-time, the rasp from its signature Abarth-tuned
dual exhausts."

Open-air freedom with an intelligent power cloth top and rigid structural
With the Fiat 500 Abarth's high-performance DNA intact, the new 2013 Fiat 500c
Abarth is engineered with the same track-proven attributes that have made the
hatchback model a success on European and North American roadways and
racetracks, but now brings even more fresh air and the unmistakable
Abarth-tuned exhaust note into the cabin.

With just the push of a button, the Fiat 500c Abarth's power-operated cloth
top retracts up to the rear spoiler during speeds up to a best-in-class 60 mph
(a midway point can be chosen by pressing the button anytime in between).
Press the roof button again, and the roof will neatly fold all the way open
and tuck neatly behind the rear head restraints (up to 50 mph). The power
operated cloth top is also intelligently designed.

For access to the Fiat 500c Abarth's trunk, premium "parallelogram" liftgate
hinges conveniently position the liftgate out of the way, while the
power-operated cloth top automatically retracts back to the rear-spoiler
position to avoid any obstruction.

In addition to its cleverly designed multi-position power-retractable cloth
top, the Fiat 500c Abarth's fully stamped body-side silhouette retains the
iconic Cinquecento form while delivering added structural strength and 70
percent less header shake than key competitors. In addition, its longer
windshield and minimized header design maximize rear-seated passengers'
outward visibility, while minimizing cabin turbulence.

"Abarth treatment" and tradition continue to deliver extraordinary results
In the late 1950s, Karl Abarth believed that race cars with brilliant
performance could be derived from small, lightweight, everyday driving cars —
including the original Cinquecento (500). And his tradition of track-ready
small cars continues today by utilizing the high-performance 2013 Fiat 500
Abarth as a base point for the new cloth-top Fiat 500c Abarth.

Staying faithful to the performance principles that made the Abarth name a
success, the 2013 Fiat 500c Abarth continues the brand's motorsport
traditions, including:

  oEveryday performance car

       oTrack-ready capability, high horsepower-per-liter engine, combined
         with the quality, efficiency and refinement expected in a world-class
         small car


       oBenchmark levels of performance, track-proven reliability and


       oPurposeful and functional performance design, Abarth-tuned powertrain
         control module (PCM) and performance-tuned exhaust with menacing


       oState-of-the-art powertrain and chassis technology once limited to
         premium-priced performance cars

  oRacing heritage

       oMore than 60 years of performance and competition tuning, including
         active international series races today

1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine with 117 horsepower per liter
Like the Fiat 500 Abarth, the new 2013 Fiat 500c Abarth features the
track-proven 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine for 160 horsepower, up to 170
ft.-lb. of torque and 0-to-60 mph performance in the low 7 second range.

Compared with the Fiat 500c's naturally aspirated 1.4-liter MultiAir engine,
the boost to 160 horsepower on the Fiat 500c Abarth is largely due to its
single turbocharger that operates off engine exhaust and utilizes energy that
would normally be wasted through the tailpipe. The turbocharger spins up to
230,000 rpm to convert exhaust heat and pressure to a rotational force that
drives a compressor. The compressor draws cool air and pumps it into the
intake manifold at increased pressure (maximum 18 psi / 1.24 bar) that results
in a greater amount of air in the cylinder and, hence, more power.

The 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo's induction system includes two intercoolers
located behind the driver- and passenger-side air inlets of the Abarth-styled
front fascia. The intercoolers are designed to remove heat in the air charge
that the turbocharger generates while compressing incoming air (higher air
density for more power). Reducing heat provides a cooler, denser air charge
that helps increase the potential for more power.

Other high-performance engine component upgrades include an Abarth-designed
fresh-air intake system with high-flow air filter and smooth-flowing plumbing
for maximum power. And to make sure the engine is operating with minimal
exhaust gas restriction, an Abarth-designed concentric "double-tip"
dual-exhaust system delivers a high-performance look with menacing
Abarth-tuned sound.

Developed for high-output applications, the Fiat 500c Abarth is equipped with
the track-proven C510 five-speed manual transmission. Proven on the European
500 Abarth models, this transmission features a 3.35 final-drive ratio for
quick acceleration and faster top speed, while maintaining fuel efficiency.

Designed to handle the increased torque loads, the Fiat 500c Abarth's C510
transmission includes an intermediate shaft with equal-length half shafts to
mitigate torque steer. Compared with the Fiat 500c, the 500c Abarth features
23 percent larger half shafts (28.1 mm diameter vs. 22.8 mm diameter in the
Fiat 500c) for increased strength and to reduce torsional stress in the
driveline during performance driving on the road or track. To handle the
increased power and torque of the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, larger
constant velocity (CV) joints with 53 percent greater torsional strength
(2,600 Nm vs. 1,700 Nm in the Fiat 500) deliver added durability and

Track-ready performance hardware
For more than fun under the sun, the new 2013 Fiat 500c Abarth is designed,
engineered and tested to deliver the high-performance driving and enduring
capabilities needed for track use.

Like the hatchback, the new 2013 Fiat 500c Abarth features an enhanced front-
and rear-suspension design to deliver the precision handling, steering and
refinement needed for high-performance driving. Compared to the Fiat 500c, the
Fiat 500c Abarth features a unique MacPherson suspension design with 33
percent stiffer front spring rates and 0.6-inch (15 mm) lower ride height
(compared to the Fiat 500c) for improved handling and minimal body roll.
Abarth-designed cast-iron front lower control arms provide improved lateral
stiffness, while an increase in negative camber to -1.5 degrees delivers
improved grip and steering precision. In addition, dual-valve frequency
selective damping (FSD) KONI twin-tube struts deliver road control and maximum
grip, while actively filtering out high-frequency suspension inputs from
uneven road surfaces to adjust for comfort and smoothness.

The beefier rear-suspension design of the Fiat 500c Abarth takes the Fiat 500c
model's (already 300 percent stiffer than the European Fiat 500) twist-beam
design further, with a torsionally rigid rear axle designed with strengthened
coil-spring supports for greater durability. A 0.87-inch (22 mm)
Abarth-specific solid rear stabilizer bar increases cornering grip. For
improved handling, minimal body roll and ride-height control (when fully
loaded), the new Fiat 500c Abarth features 12 percent stiffer rear springs
with 0.6-inch (15 mm) lower ride.

For 10 percent quicker steering to enhance responsiveness, maneuverability and
high-performance feel, the Fiat 500c Abarth features a 15.1:1 (up from the
Fiat 500c's 16.3:1) steering-gear ratio. Compared to the Fiat 500c, the 500c
Abarth features a uniquely tuned electronic power steering (EPS) calibration
for increased steering response and feedback. In addition, the Fiat 500c
Abarth features a road crown and cross wind compensation algorithm, which
automatically compensates for temporary situations where there is a constant
push of the car to one side or another, assisting the driver against driving
during such conditions.

The Fiat 500c Abarth features a high-performance brake system with
semi-metallic brake linings at all four corners, and larger 11.1-inch
ventilated rotors for greater stopping power (up from 10.1-inch). Both front
and rear brake calipers are lacquered in Rosso (red) paint for an athletic
look. An Abarth-tuned electronic stability control system (ESC) features a
three-mode calibration to maximize the Fiat 500c Abarth's handling
capabilities on and off the track. When ESC is selected from "On" to "Partial
Off" or "Full Off" on the instrument panel, the 500c Abarth's innovative
torque transfer control (TTC) system maximizes throttle performance during
on-throttle cornering.

Standard on the Fiat 500c Abarth are 16 x 6.5-inch cast-aluminum wheels with
195/45 R16 Pirelli Cinturato P7 tires that deliver all-season traction and
low-noise characteristics. For even more performance, larger and wider 17 x
7-inch forged-aluminum wheels keep this Cinquecento lightweight at each corner
and feature high-performance three-season Pirelli P-Zero Nero tires with a
205/40 R17 size for a wider stance and reduced profile for improved handling.

Exterior and interior design enhancements added only for performance gain
The aggressive styling of the Fiat 500c Abarth embodies the Abarth brand
tradition in full — purposeful and intentional details all designed to improve
the car's performance, while enhancing the clean and simple design language of
the Cinquecento.

To improve aerodynamics and the necessary engine compartment space for the
1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, the Fiat 500c Abarth features a more
pronounced front fascia. For additional air intake, the signature "Abarth"
shield floats on a finned surface and a larger intake below consists of three
inlets with broader openings than the Fiat 500c. For a more aggressive look,
twin "nostrils" are precisely positioned on the front fascia to maximize
airflow in and out of the two engine intercoolers (both intercoolers are
visible through the "nostril" inlets).

Abarth-designed side skirts give the Fiat 500c Abarth an athletic profile,
while 16-inch or optional 17-inch lightweight forged-aluminum wheels fill the
flared wheel arches and provide ventilation for the performance brake system.

From the rear, an Abarth-designed cloth-top-mounted spoiler extends the
roofline and improves the vehicle's aerodynamic behavior by creating
additional downforce. Below, the two-piece Abarth-styled rear fascia
accentuates the road-holding stance and optimizes airflow output with its rear
diffuser. In addition large concentric "double-tip" exhausts provide an
exclusive Abarth-tuned sound and look.

The interior design theme of the 2013 Fiat 500c Abarth is an artistic blend of
clean lines and functional performance appointments. An Abarth-designed
steering wheel features a thick rim, perforated leather and flat bottom to
provide the look, feel and increased roominess desired during at-the-limit
driving. A large concentric instrument cluster with 160-mph speedometer,
tachometer and trip computer sits behind the steering wheel, and features a
leather-wrapped cluster brow wrapped in Nero (black) leather with Rosso (red)
accent stitching. To the left, an analog turbo-boost gauge with integrated LED
shift light in the center that illuminates to an instant before redline to
optimize gear changes. Below the instrument panel, Abarth-designed aluminum
pedal covers feature Nero rubber trim for a decidedly racing look, while the
Nero leather shift knob with Rosso accent stitching provides a precise feel of
the shifter.

Unique Abarth-styled front performance seats feature a one-piece design with
large side bolsters, a racing-harness pass through, accent stitching around
the perimeter and integrated side-thorax air bags. To highlight that this
cabrio has the most interior space, rear-seat legroom and shoulder room among
key competitors – the rear passengers' upper seatbacks are raised and
bolstered for added back support.

New Beats by Dr. Dre audio system adds to Fiat 500c Abarth's innovative
Beats by Dr. Dre
New for 2013, the segment-exclusive-and first-time-ever-in-a-cabrio
integration of Beats by Dr. Dre audio system offers passengers of the Fiat
500c Abarth a high-definition music experience the way the artist intended.
The Beats Audio studio-quality sound system includes six premium speakers, an
8-inch dual-voice coil (DVC) subwoofer with trunk-mounted enclosure and
eight-channel amplifier with Beats Audio digital sound processing (DSP)

Abarth-tuned "Sport" mode
The Fiat 500c Abarth features a standard-equipped "Sport" mode calibration for
more engaging driving. Should the driver select Sport mode on the instrument
panel, the Abarth-tuned PCM unleashes the full power of the 1.4-liter MultiAir
Turbo (torque increases from 150 ft.-lb. to 170 ft.-lb.) with linear throttle
response and a more performance-weighted steering feel. When Sport mode is not
engaged, the Cabrio returns to "Normal" mode and limits the torque in first
and second gears to enhance fuel efficiency and minimize CO2 emissions.

Abarth shift light with turbo-boost gauge
An additional benefit of the Abarth-tuned PCM is the driver's shift light with
turbo-boost gauge mounted left of the instrument cluster. Should the driver
choose to switch to "Sport" mode, the Fiat 500c Abarth's LED-illuminated shift
light flashes as the engine speed approaches the redline — giving the
immediate feedback needed on the track or during high-performance driving.

BLUE&ME Handsfree Communication technology
BLUE&ME Handsfree Communication technology is an in-vehicle, voice-activated
communication system that allows the Fiat 500c Abarth driver to operate a
Bluetooth-compatible phone while keeping his or her hands on the wheel and
eyes on the road. Using a series of voice commands, the driver can place phone
calls and access the phone's address book. BLUE&ME Handsfree Communication
technology supports most mobile phones with Bluetooth technology.

Innovative TomTom navigation
With the available TomTom navigation with BLUE&ME Handsfree Communication
technology, the Fiat 500c Abarth integrates an innovative 4.3-inch (10.9 cm)
TomTom portable navigation device that docks on top of the instrument panel.
With its large touchscreen, simple map displays with available real-time
traffic, weather and points of interest, TomTom Navigation with BLUE&ME
Handsfree Communication technology is intuitive for the driver to use. And
with its direct integration into the Fiat 500 Abarth's interior system, the
driver is able to use steering-wheel-mounted controls to make operation even

More than 35 safety and security features including Abarth-tuned electronic
stability control (ESC)
State-of-the-art connectivity and more than 35 safety and security features
keep passengers of the 2013 Fiat 500c Abarth connected, comfortable and

The Fiat 500c Abarth features seven standard air bags, including driver and
front-passenger advanced multistage air bags, driver's knee air bag,
full-length side-curtain air bags and standard seat-mounted side pelvic-thorax
air bags, all offering enhanced protection to all occupants in the event of a

In addition, the Fiat 500c Abarth features a unique three-mode electronic
stability control (ESC) system standard for improved braking performance in
wet or panic conditions. The Abarth-tuned ESC system features a three-mode
calibration including "ESC On" to "ESC Partial Off" and enthusiast-desired
"ESC Full Off."

Abarth Driving Experience for new owners
Included with each 2013 Fiat 500c Abarth is the opportunity for new owners to
attend a segment-exclusive driving experience at no additional charge. The
Abarth Driving Experience is an entire day of full-throttle training, guided
by professional instructors from the Richard Petty Driving Experience to
ensure fun and top-level instruction in a safe and structured setting.

SOURCE Chrysler Group LLC

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