Rear anti-roll bar is now 30 per cent stiffer than the original unit
17 May 2010

The Fiat 500 now has a rear anti-roll bar that is 30 per cent stiffer than the original unit, after the Italian manufacturer adopted the settings developed for the Ford Ka.

The Ford Ka went on sale after the Fiat 500, using the same 500/Panda platform with a Ford-designed body and Ford-tuned mechanicals.

Fiat initially used the Ford developed set-up on its Abarth badged derivatives of the 500, but has subsequently adopted it for standard 500s.

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17 May 2010

As an owner of a launch model, I can tell you that it needs it badly!

Funny how Ford chassis experts can make a masterclass out of a Fiat pigs ear.

17 May 2010

Does anyone know if Fiat have also adopted the power steering from the KA too? That would really sort out the dynamic shortcomings of the 500.

17 May 2010

.....Maybe Ford could spin the next Fiesta off the MiTo underpinnings and give Alfa Romeo a hand.

17 May 2010

abarth 500 should have the adaptive dampers of the mito cloverleaf, then it would be great.

17 May 2010

In the spirit of reciprocity maybe Ford should let Fiat style the next Ka, Ford's current attempt looks ridiculous.


17 May 2010

when i looked at both the specs i noticed the ford doesnt come with all the airbags as standard like the fiat does.

17 May 2010

[quote Autocar]The Fiat 500 now has a rear anti-roll bar that is 30 per cent stiffer than the original unit, after the Italian manufacturer adopted the settings developed for the Ford Ka.[/quote] It sounds like there is no more reason to buy a Ka...

17 May 2010

I think Ford has tried to pitch the Ka as the cheaper alternative.

17 May 2010

[quote glorfindel]It sounds like there is no more reason to buy a Ka...[/quote]

Just the "BSM driving instructor on a day off" image to get over now.

17 May 2010

Well done to Fiat for acknowledging that Ford have the set up better than themselves, can Ford now get the KA upto spec on the kit and design fronts?

My wife has a 500 and I can say it handles well enough for the vast majority of owners as they will no doubt never reach the limits of what it can do. The same could be said for the KA, so Fiat have effectively owned upto something they did not need to advertise! Why is this seen as a negative by many?

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