These are the first pictures of the Fiat 500 Abarth esseesse
23 September 2008

Pictures have been released of the new Fiat 500 Abarth esseesse ahead of its unveiling at the Paris Motor Show. The esseesse will be the hottest version of the new 500 (for now, at least), featuring a full body kit, tweaked suspension, an uprated engine and bigger wheels.

According to a source inside Fiat, although the final power output is still to be confirmed “we expect the turbocharged 1.4-litre engine to develop around 160bhp”.

As you can see from these pictures the esseesse is far more aggressively styled than its 500 Abarth sister featuring larger unique alloy wheels and a redesigned rear bumper, complete with integrated air diffuser. The side skirts have also been lowered slightly.

The ultimate 500 will reach UK Abarth dealers by late January. Prices have yet to be finalised, but Fiat charges a £3500 supplement for the Grande Punto Abarth esseesse over the standard Abarth, so don’t expect to get much change from £16,000.
 

 

Ian Tonkin

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23 September 2008

This dreadful little car that the motoring press got so unfathomably excited about - it looks like a dalek. This version will be like being inside a dalek being rolled down Coopers Hill, except you won't even win a cheese - except the disgusting derivative look of this thing may win a prize for cheesyness. £16K can buy an entire galaxy of proper cars. Yes OK I don't get it, I don't like. Moving on...

23 September 2008

I was tempted to say to The Apprentice 'You're Fired', but i thought the comments were funny.

I think the car is cute and i actually think it has more character than the revamped BMW Mini. I do like the Abarth version and i think it will be a big hit.

23 September 2008

definitely a case of less is more. this looks overdone and contrived next to the stock abarth.

24 September 2008

2 words "Super Cool" describes it :)

24 September 2008

Looks? Drive it.

28bhp never felt so fast

 

24 September 2008

[quote moe360]

2 words "Super Cool" describes it :)

[/quote]

Another 2 'Want one'

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