Abarth 500 models upgraded in power and performance

Soon after releasing the 2015 Abarth 595 Competizione, Fiat went ahead and updated the whole line of 500 Abarth sport cars with some additional features that increase horsepower and other key attributes. The line up of 500s consists of three race-ready models, including the Abarth 500 Custom, Abarth 595 Turismo, and Abarth 595 Competizione. The 500 custom is the slowest of the three, maxing out at about 135bhp, while the 595 Competizione is the fastest at 178bhp, and the 595 Turismo is the mid-range offering at 160bhp. The latter two can also be purchased in semi-convertible versions called the 595Cs.

Soon after releasing the 2015 Abarth 595 Competizione, Fiat went ahead and updated the whole line of 500 Abarth sport cars with some additional features that increase horsepower and other key attributes. The line up of 500s consists of three race-ready models, including the Abarth 500 Custom, Abarth 595 Turismo, and Abarth 595 Competizione. The 500 custom is the slowest of the three, maxing out at about 135bhp, while the 595 Competizione is the fastest at 178bhp, and the 595 Turismo is the mid-range offering at 160bhp. The latter two can also be purchased in semi-convertible versions called the 595Cs.

Was a Power and Performance Increase Really Necessary?

Reviews of the initial release of the Sporty Fiat 500 line for 2015 seem to indicate that the performance and power was already quite impressive in the eyes of testers and automotive enthusiasts. Still, Fiat wanted to make a notable improvement over last year’s editions, so boosting the flagship 595 Competizione up to 178bhp from 158 bhp was probably a matter of wanting the best for the vehicle’s potential.  It is also likely that the engineers saw the opportunity to do so without making a significant engine design change. The upgrade came quick enough to leave a positive impression on most of the buyers in 2015, which was probably a wise business decision considering the heavy competition in the mini sector.

Faster Acceleration, Higher Top Speed, Lighter Weight, and Better Fuel Mileage

In addition to raising the Brake Horsepower, Fiat also jumped the torque to 184 foot-pounds at 2500 RPMs, up from the previous max of 170 foot-pounds. Furthermore, the acceleration has been improved, sending the 0-62 MPH time down to only 6.7 seconds from the previous 7.4 seconds. Despite the acceleration enhancements and more powerful BHP, the newly updated version is now better on gas as well, getting an impressive fuel mileage of 48.7 miles per gallon. The excellent fuel efficiency can partly be attributed to the lighter weight, which is now just shy of the 1000 kilogram mark. Aside from bumping up the acceleration, Fiat has also increased the top speed up to 140mph, which is really not bad for a consumer level 1.4 litre turbo engine mini.

Better Seats, Brakes, Headlamps, Exhaust System and Parking Sensors

Fiat has installed Brembo brakes to improve the stopping capabilities of the 17-inch chrome alloy tires. The interior has also received an overhaul with some fancy Sabelt seats that look like they belong in a professional race car. The line also packs an even more impressive roar on the motorway now that Fiat has upgraded the exhaust system to a Record Monza. As far as the exterior goes, the new and improved Abarth 500 line comes with extra bright Xenon headlamps. It also has advanced rear parking sensors to aid in those pesky parallel or reverse parking procedures, which are of course a breeze as it is given the short length of these cars.


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