Range of upgrades offered on the hot baby Fiat

A more powerful version of the Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse has been launched by tuning firm Karl Schnorr Kraftfahrzeuge.

The firm has added several striking visual additions, including extra red racing stripes and 17-inch OZ alloy wheels, which are made from aluminium.

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A special coilover kit has also been added, which lowers the car’s ride height by “a few millimetres” and ensures better road holding.

Two power upgrade kits are also offered; phase one boosts power to by 28bhp over the standard car, which has 157bhp. Torque is also boosted with this kit by 33lb ft to 203lb ft.

The phase two kit further increases the power to 197bhp. It does this with the addition of a new turbocharger and sports exhaust system, although no torque figures for this package have been confirmed.

Prices for the phase kit start at 950 euro (£830) and rise to 5050 euro (£4415) for the phase two kit.

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highland tourer 26 August 2009

Re: 197bhp Fiat 500 Abarth

Too low, too much power and no focus on handling. You know how this road test review will go?! Looks cool (if verging on comical), but practically you'll need dental insurance, a chiropractor, have little fun driving the car as it will be too busy bouncing sideways out of corners with torque-steer and poor suspension control. It will score for its enthusiastic power delivery and soundtrack, but will lose points for the cost of the conversion and its real world performance impact.

Why not get a Renaultsport Twingo Cup and bung in a supercharger, a decent air filter and a raise-the-dead exhaust?! With the spare change, put on some sort of body-kit on the front of the Twingo and replace those sorry-looking headlights with something a little more sinister?! Job done- a born again manic pocket rocket!!

daddy 3 25 August 2009

Re: 197bhp Fiat 500 Abarth

Topkat wrote:

Wow weee that looks G'd up man...

Its a Fiat !.. you dont like Italian cars Topzit.

Peter Cavellini 25 August 2009

Re: 197bhp Fiat 500 Abarth

When does tune-able become become, scccreech!, bang!, ne naw ne naw!, this car is starting to take on cartoon proportions, silly colors, over size wheels, all you need now is an ego to match and, oh! a pair of Oakley sunglasses!, Bugs Bunny would have one, its rightup there with the Venom GT and the Veritas RS, comic cars, comic cars, oh dear...