Τυπική στο ραντεβού της, η Fiat παρουσίασε ακόμη ένα ειδικό Abarth 500 στο Παρίσι. Το Abarth 695 Fuori Serie μπορεί να παραμετροποιηθεί ανάλογα με τις επιθυμίες του πελάτη και μηχανικά φορά τον Turbo T-Jet τετρακύλινδρο 1.400αρη κινητήρα απόδοσης 180 ίππων με 250 Nm ροπής. Είναι ο ίδιος που φορά και το 595 Competizione και συνδυαζεται με ένα μηχανικό κιβώτιο ταχυτήτων με paddles στο τιμόνι. Τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα τα κάνει σε 7,0 δευτερόλεπτα με τελική ταχύτητα 225 χλμ/ώρα.
Η ανάρτηση του αποτελείται από γόνατα McPherson μπροστά και ημιάκαμπτο άξονα πίσω. Φορά τετραπίστονα Brembo φρένα με δίσκους 305 mm, ανάρτηση Koni και ζάντες 17″ με ελαστικά διαστάσεων 205/40. Περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες μπορείς να βρεις στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.
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“Abarth Fuori serie” on stage at the Paris International Motor Show
Abarth has always based its philosophy on the concepts of “empowerment”, tuning and transforming something ordinary into something extraordinary. Ever since the “small but deadly” Abarth 500s came on the scene in 2008, Abarth road cars have always had that one extra drop of poison that makes them unique and top performers.
Whoever chooses an Abarth wants to stand out in the crowd. Aware of this, Abarth is increasingly focusing its attention on the concept of personalisation to give its customers, as much as possible, the chance to choose and build a car that perfectly adapts to the driver’s personality and driving requirements. It achieves this goal by offering an ever-larger range of performance kits and accessories along with interior and exterior customisation options.
The customisation path that Abarth has followed in recent years takes solid form in the new Abarth range. The first level, the Abarth 500, is a “custom” version that at the same time offers a higher degree of accessibility and vast possibilities for customisation and tuning. It is a more accessible model that, like an imaginary blank sheet of paper on which you can draw your dream car, can be customised based on your own personal means and needs. This is made possible by performance tuning kits and a range of accessories, such as gear lever knobs and pedal units, stickers and new colours and materials for exteriors and interiors.
The range is represented at the Paris stand by two customisations, the Abarth 595 “turismo” and the “Abarth 595 “competizione”, two authentic Abarths with tuning as standard. In the first version, the tuning concerns the engine, geometry and braking system, in addition to a high level of interior and exterior details for those customers who identify with values such as the more exclusive elegance, refinement, comfort and sportiness oriented toward the world of “Gran Turismo”. In the Abarth 595 “competizione”, the tuning also affects the exhaust system, with the “Record Monza” exhaust fitted as standard, and the “Abarth Corse by Sabelt” sports seats for those who see themselves as downright “race lovers”, inspired by the full-blooded world of racing.
The highest customisation level – definitely “all inclusive” – is the world of Abarth Specialties. In Paris it is represented by the 695 Edizione Maserati, a concentrate of sportiness, class and performance produced by Abarth and Maserati.
The Paris Motor Show is above all where the future evolution of the world of Specialties is making its official début. This sector is the ultimate level of customisation combined with the exclusivity of a car built for and dedicated to every single customer. “Abarth Fuori Serie” is the new programme that represents the point of arrival of a path Abarth has been travelling in recent years with the aim of increasing the possibilities of choice and customisation for its customers more and more. This exclusive programme is where customisation starts from performance, consistent with the brand’s spirit. Only the “Fuori Serie” – special production – cars will have the 180 HP engine tuning and will feature the exclusive 695 brand. Exclusivity is also found in the production process since all the “Fuori Serie” cars will be developed, produced and type-approved at the Abarth “factory of victory”.
Testifying to the authenticity of its Abarth factory origin is a certificate issued together with the car, in addition to the fact that Abarth&C. will actually be its first owner. To help guide its customers in making their selection, Abarth has created two specific collections: Heritage and New Wave. Heritage comes with liveries inspired by the record-breaking cars of the past and those that have written the brand’s history. New Wave draws its inspiration from today’s supercars with an eye to innovation. What’s more, the interiors will be customised with specific materials and trim levels, made by involving superior Italian and international partners that share values such as craftsmanship and high quality with the brand. The result? Carbon finishes, dedicated personalisation plates and cutting-edge technology, as seen in the JBL car audio system, which HARMAN has custom-developed for Abarth.
To represent this programme, Abarth is presenting an unprecedented Abarth 500 at the Paris stand. It sports a special livery inspired by the cars that wrote the brand’s history: the Fiat Abarth 131 Mirafiori “Olio Fiat”. The Abarth stand at the Paris International Motor Show depicts this course taken with a conceptual common thread that links the four cars presented to the public through the concept of customisation.
The concept of customisation, however, also pervades the Abarth world of racing with the project “Make it your race”, where in this case personalisation is intended as the realisation of one’s personal dream of becoming a racing driver. Following the extraordinary success of the 2012 edition, boasting more than 30,000 registrants, “Make it your race” will be back with the new 2013 edition updated in contents and extended to a more global level. It is the international talent show that gives young racing fan rookies the chance to compete in a real Abarth 500 Trofeo race. The success of the 2012 “Make it your race” adds to that of the Abarth 500 Selenia Trofeo events, with this year marking its fourth season and now coming to an end with only a few races left to contend. More specifically, with just one race left before the season ends, the Abarth 500 Selenia Europe Trofeo has already decreed Alex Campani the absolute winner, whereas the contest is still open in the Abarth 500 Selenia Italy Trophy, with Campani, Baldan and Scalvini neck and neck.
The four cars on the Paris stand make their contribution to the established success of the brand, which once again reached its predetermined targets for the year. More than 5000 cars have been sold in 2012 to date. The contribution made by the Abarth Specialties is also sizeable. Over 1600 Abarth 695 Tributo Ferraris have been delivered since its launch in July 2008, and the Abarth 695 Edizione Maserati has already become extremely popular with the public since it was officially presented in May at the Automotive Giro d’Italia. These figures contribute to confirming the excellent results the brand has recorded since its relaunch to date. Suffice it to say that since 2008 the brand has grown non-stop, as about 44,000 Abarth Punto and Abarth 500 cars sold, plus more than 12,000 performance kits for the two models, demonstrate.
This commercial success was also possible thanks to the extraordinary network of dealers and official tuning shops, a phenomenon which is unique in its field and which, after branching out into new markets such as Finland and South Africa in 2011, forged further ahead into other new markets such as Morocco and Ukraine during the first half of 2012. Following the great success of its presentation at the LA Auto Show, the Abarth 500 was also launched on the US market in March.
“Abarth Fuori serie” programme
The new “Fuori Serie” programme will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show. Abarth dedicates it to everyone who wants the ultimate level of customisation together with the exclusivity of a car built just for them. With the “Fuori Serie” programme, customers will have the chance to talk personally with the manufacturer to have their Abarths customised down to the smallest detail by a team of specialised Abarth designers, engineers and mechanics. A representation of the Officine Abarth Mirafiori showcases the project on the Paris stand. It is there where Abarth designers and engineers work with passion and professional expertise every day, and where the “Abarth Fuori Serie” team will guide customers in making their selections, devoting utmost attention to the details, craftsmanship and advanced technology that go into the car.
This exclusive programme is where customisation starts from performance, consistent with Abarth’s spirit. Only the “Fuori Serie” – special production – cars will have 180 HP power tuning and will feature the exclusive 695 brand. Exclusivity is also found in the production process since all the “Fuori Serie” cars will be produced and type-approved at the Abarth “factory of victory”. Testifying to their authenticity is a certificate issued together with the car, in addition to the fact that Abarth&C. will actually be its first owner. Lastly, the materials and finishes are also exclusive since the customer can choose from a range of colours and materials that are not offered in the standard product range.
Abarth has created two special collections to orient customers in their selection. In addition to liveries and exterior colours, they feature the use of special materials and trim levels, such as carbon finishes, dedicated personalisation plates and advanced technology outfitting like the Harman’s JBL audio system, for a superior-in-car listening experience
Races have always been a part of Abarth’s DNA. This collection, inspired by the cars that have written the brand’s history, reinterpret their style with new materials and new finishes. From the Fiat 750 Record and 124 Sanremo all the way up to the X19 prototype: these are the record-breaking cars, the Abarth world rally champions, those driven by the greatest sports drivers that are being reinterpreted in a modern guise with a range of materials and finishes ranging from carbon fibre to sports fabrics, from leather to Alcantara, and from glossy to matt liveries.
A collection inspired by a modern world, sportsmanship – not necessarily drawn from the world of racing – as well as supercars and today’s trends. Sportiness is also achieved through use of materials from research in the automotive field and in all the most technical sports.
Taken from the first of these collections is the brand-new livery being presented at the Paris International Motor Show, which draws its inspiration from the Fiat Abarth 131 Mirafiori “Olio Fiat”. The “Olio Fiat” livery appeared the first time on the Fiat 124 Abarth Rally at the 1976 Montecarlo Rally, which Abarth competed in with three official teams. Three Autobianchi A112 Abarth 70 HP cars also competed in the same race, and with the same livery. The Fiat 124 Abarth Rally was still a winning competitor at the beginning of the 1976 racing season while awaiting the arrival of the new Fiat 131 Abarth. This made its début in the World Championship by winning the 1000 Lakes Rally in Finland, with the team of Markku Alen and Ilkka Kivimaki.
It was the start of a brilliant career that led the Fiat 131 Abarth to win the 1977 Constructors’ Rally World Championship, the only world standings. The Abarth won the Portugal Rally with Alen, the New Zealand Rally with Fulvio Bacchelli, the Canada Rally, Quebec with Timo Salonen, the Sanremo Rally with Jean Claude Andruet and the Tour de Corse with Bernard Darniche in the 1977 season. The 1977 title was not the only international one as the Fiat 131 Abarth also made a name for itself in the 1978 and 1980 Constructors’ World Championships. Its victories also include the European title in 1981 and the 1980 Italian championship, both won by Adartico Vudafieri.
Abarth 595 “turismo” and Abarth 595 “competizione”
The new Abarth range is represented at the Paris stand by two customisations, the Abarth 595 “turismo” and the “Abarth 595 “competizione”, two authentic Abarths with tuning as standard.
The new Abarth 595 confirms the return to the concept of “variations” on basic models, on which Karl Abarth built the myth of the Scorpion more than 60 years ago. The two customisation options, “turismo” and “competizione”, on the Abarth stand address two different audiences – the first more concerned with individuality and comfort, the second comprising racing purists – but with an essential unifying element: the passion for sport which characterises all Abarth models. In the first version, the tuning concerns the engine and geometry, in addition to a high level of interior and exterior details for those customers who identify with values such as the more exclusive elegance, refinement, comfort and sportiness oriented toward the world of “Gran Turismo”. In addition to the engine and geometry, in the Abarth 595 “competizione” the tuning also affects the exhaust system, with the “Record Monza” exhaust fitted as standard, and the “Abarth Corse by Sabelt” sports seats for those who see themselves as downright “race lovers”, inspired by the full-blooded world of racing.
In both customisation options, the car is fitted with a 1.4 Turbo T-Jet engine whose power has been increased to a good 160 HP (118 kW) thanks to the standard engine tuning kit. The engine is a 1368 cm3 4 cylinder 16 valve unit (turbocharged with a fixed-geometry IHI turbocharger) that delivers exhilarating performance. Torque is 230 Nm at 3000 rpm in Sport mode. Top speed is 211 km/h while acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes place in just 7.4 seconds. Yet this typically Abarth performance comes with very frugal fuel consumption: 6.5 l/100 km in the combined cycle.
In terms of safety, the Abarth 595 follows the superior standards that the Abarth 500 guarantees. As on all the other Abarths, it offers as standard the TTC (Torque Transfer Control) device that, by improving the transfer of drive torque to the wheels, enhances the car’s road holding without compromising the fun when driving it. The car is equipped as standard with Xenon headlights with dipped and driving light functions for improved light emission and excellent performance in all weather conditions. These devices deliver three times the light intensity and duration of standard halogen-lamp headlights.
With the “turismo” option, the Abarth 595 is aimed at all those who seek elegance and distinctiveness, in addition to loving sport and performance. With this customisation option, Abarth is restoring some trend-setting elements: characterisation of the exteriors, to name one, which allows customers to have two-tone livery on a saloon for the first time. The car is available in three two-tone combinations: the new metallic Pista Grey and Officina Red, Scorpione Black and Gara White, and Pista Grey and Campovolo Grey, together with a range of metallic shades and the pearlescent Iridato White. An updated version of the historic 595 logo in aluminium on the side and tailgate also enhances the exteriors. The one on the tailgate is further customised with Turismo graphics, again in aluminium.
A wealth of rims to choose from, all 17″ alloy, contribute to the car’s elegance. In addition to the standard 5-speed manual gearbox, the Abarth 595 “turismo” is available with the electrically operated manual Abarth Competizione gearbox with controls on the steering wheel as standard. This enhances engine performance with reduced gearshift times. The gearshift paddles are located on the sporty black leather steering wheel with perforated “ears” the same colour as the seats, available only in leather in the four shades of Natural, Black, Red and Grey. The Abarth Corse by Sabelt versions are also available. Pedal unit, sill plate and gearbox trim in the high-quality Alutex aluminium glass fibre material complete the standard equipment.
The second customisation option, “competizione”, is dedicated to more extreme sports enthusiasts, to the true “racing purists”. Compared to the previous version, a few features of which have been kept (such as choice of exterior colours, including two-tone, metallic and pearlescent, and a wide selection of 17″ alloy rims), it is marked by elements that exalt its performance and sporty characteristics even more. The first element offered by the Abarth 595 “competizione” is the 5-speed manual gearbox that enhances personal driving style through a more direct relationship with the car. But even more, its sporty personality is exalted by the four-way “Record Monza” exhaust. Thanks to “dual mode” technology, it optimises the torque and power delivery curves, resulting in increased engine responsiveness from medium engine speeds (1.5 kg/m starting from 2,000 rpm).
The interiors also have a sporty and aggressive personality thanks to the “Abarth Corsa by Sabelt” seats. They come as standard in fabric, but are also available in Natural, Red, Black and Grey leather and Alcantara bearing the 595 logo embroidered on the integrated headrest. Special materials have been used to enhance the dashboard. Their appearance and finish evoke metal, to further accentuate the technical and sporty personality of this customisation option. The same treatment is adopted for the backrests of the seats. Lastly, the gear lever knob made of Ergal, sill plate, pedal unit and aluminium kick plate – all decorated with the Abarth motifs – draw on the equipment found on race cars. Completing the characterisation are side bands in the shade of matt titanium, also applied on the door mirror fairings.
To enhance the performance of the new Abarth 500 range even more, tuning kits for engine, ride and brakes are available for both customisation options. They guarantee a unique driving experience in terms of performance, handling and safety. Safety is always at the heart of Abarth tuning; in addition to tuning kits for increasing power, there are kits for the braking system and ride.
The first adopts self-ventilating perforated front disc brakes (diameter 284 mm × 22 mm), perforated rear disc brakes (diameter 240 mm × 11 mm) and high-performance front brake pads, while the second offers front and rear Koni shock absorbers with FSD valve and special red springs, lowered with respect to those adopted on the original car.
As further confirmation of the pursuit of the highest level of customisation on the Abarth 595, the exclusive Tramontano “Tribute to Abarth” leather bags are available. They too come in “turismo” and “competizione” versions, to match the interior colour of the two customisation options. The Tramontano “Tribute to Abarth” bags are available as the “Travel Pack”, which can be requested together with the car or individually in the Abarth merchandising line, in all the colours of leather to match the interiors of the Abarth 500.
Abarth 695 Edizione Maserati
The Abarth 695 Edizione Maserati is making its international début. It is a new Limited Edition (499 vehicles) which represents the bond between Abarth and Maserati, based on a host of shared values, including attention to detail, elegance and a passion for performance and sport.
Following the collaborative project three years ago with Ferrari and the creation of the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari, this is one more project that confirms the authoritative presence of Abarth in the luxury sports segment, this time flanked by a brand with a history of sporting achievements and great road cars distinguished by elegance and exclusivity which has global recognition. Karl Abarth and Alfieri Maserati: two legends, united by passion for mechanics and engines, who lent their names to two of the most prestigious companies to manufacture cars marked out by style and unmistakable performance.
Just as the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari is the utmost expression of Abarth’s sporty character and racing spirit, this new Limited Edition epitomises sheer elegance united to the comfort of a “GranTurismo”, but with the handling of a car fit to take to the road every day.
The Abarth 695 Edizione Maserati is an exclusive convertible which blends the aggression and sportiness of a high-performance car with the refined, elegant aesthetics of a convertible. In keeping with Maserati’s standards, this new Limited Edition is distinguished by excellent handling and outstanding sportiness, together with a great level of comfort and attention to materials and detail.
The Abarth 695 Edizione Maserati features exclusive style details and special technical features developed by Abarth engineers for Maserati. To start with, the 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 16v engine boosted to 180 HP and teamed with the electrically-operated manual Abarth Competizione gearbox with steering wheel controls, which enhances the performance of the engine with reduced gearshift times as well as guaranteeing an experience of superior comfort at the wheel.
Again to improve performance, especially acceleration, the car is fitted with performance tyres on 17″ alloy wheels featuring a special Maserati-inspired “Neptun” design. The ride and braking system have also been strengthened to cope with the extra power: Brembo 305 mm brake discs that can be dismantled with grey fixed four-piston caliper, and special Koni shock absorbers that guarantee performance in complete safety.
Nor would it be complete without the variable back-pressure “dual mode” exhaust, designed to improve engine performance and deliver an inspiring sound above 3,000 rpm, with tailpipes which have been modified to assume the hexagonal shape which has always marked out Maserati cars.
The car’s exterior features a body in Pontevecchio Bordeaux. This colour from Maserati is achieved with special three-layer paintwork which reflects light and accentuates the shine of the colour. The same paintwork is also to be found on the door mirrors. The electrically controlled soft top is made of grey fabric.
The new Abarth adopts Xenon headlights with dipped and driving light functions for improved light emission and excellent performance in all weather conditions. These devices deliver three times the light intensity and duration of standard halogen-lamp headlights.
The customisation is just as complete on the inside. The interiors demonstrate both the attention to detail and the sportiness that characterise the two brands, starting with seats upholstered entirely in sand beige leather, with containment strips featuring single-layer padding, sporty but elegant and comfortable at the same time, and stylish details such as the number “695” heat-printed on the headrest. The dashboard and gearbox trim are distinguished by a special matt-finish carbon lining, further enhanced with the 695 logo. The black leather steering wheel is characterised by beige leather inserts and tricolour sight and houses the “steering wheel gearbox” controls, while the instrument panel has been specifically produced by the Jaeger brand. Other details enrich the interior, such as the aluminium pedal unit and sill plate, the carbon fibre kick plate with customised “Abarth 695 Edizione Maserati” graphics and the plate with the car’s serial number, from 1 to 499.
The Abarth 695 Edizione Maserati’s touring vocation is expressed by the richly-specified JBL car audio system custom-developed by HARMAN, with 9 speakers and an 8-channel amplifier supplying 400 W of total power, which comes as standard.
In accordance with the tradition of Abarth Limited Editions, the already extensive equipment of the Abarth 695 Edizione Maserati is expanded through accessories and merchandising designed to enhance the experience of the brand both on board and outside the car, as dictated by the DNA of Abarth and Maserati – more than just a car, a genuine philosophy of life. To take just one example, the Tramontano Tribute to Abarth Travel Pack, comprising two stylish anthracite leather travel bags.
All the information about this and all Abarth Specialties is found at www.abarthspecialties.com, the website that Abarth dedicates to all the Limited Editions it has produced in recent years, from 2007 until today. This showcase introduces the general public to the world of Limited Editions, from the Opening Edition made one year after the rebirth of the brand in July 2008, stopping off at the Zerocento, the exclusive Abarth 500 with customised styling and top-flight performance, launched in November 2008 for the centenary of the birth of Karl Abarth, before finishing with the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari and the Abarth Cabrio Italia. But it’s not only for the general public; the site is intended to facilitate direct communication with Abarth Limited Edition owners. As the presentation unfolds at the Mille Miglia, they can have exclusive access to an area with video images of the car and will be able to pre-order online, so as to ensure that they can stake their claim immediately.
Make it your race 2013
Personalisation also means intense involvement, excitement and passion. And these were without a doubt the ingredients of the 2012 edition of “Make it your race”. It is the first talent show for aspiring drivers which made its début on television in Italy on 12 September on SkySport2, Sky channel 202, and which continues to air every Wednesday comprising six episodes in total.
Viewers will be captivated by the contest between a group of amateur drivers from six countries – Italy, Germany, the UK, France, Switzerland and Belgium/Luxembourg – in challenges designed to test their limits on and off the racing track.
As in any talent show worth its salt, elation and disappointment, teamwork and quarrels, team spirit and misunderstandings, confessions and voting off will not be lacking, until the final six (one per country) are selected from a group of 106, ready to tackle the final task of the challenge: race at the wheel of an Abarth 500 “Assetto Corse” by the side of the professional drivers. Competitors will be following the advice of six very strict coaches (including celebrities from the motoring world, like Formula 1 star Arturo Merzario and Vanina Ickx, daughter of racing legend Jacky). Presenters will be the “Bugs”, master trouble-makers from the TV sensation “Le Iene”.
The show is only the very last stage of a complex project that began on the web and collected no fewer than 60,000 applications from the six countries involved. Of these, 105 were then picked for the Abarth Driving Academy safe driving course and the 24 best (four from each of the six countries) went to Boot Camp where their skills were put to the test on and off the racing track to select the final six: the best of the best. But there will be only one winner.
The project is perfectly in tune with the tradition of Abarth, which has promoted the “democratisation of racing” ever since it was founded by Karl Abarth. Giving everyone the chance to race is a leitmotiv of Abarth’s philosophy and expressed by one of the leading concepts of Make It Your Race: “Not speed. Not thrills. Our goal is the dream”.
Following the Italian preview, the talent show, produced by Showlab and sponsored by Abarth, will be broadcast across Europe, in Japan and in Latin America. And in view of the success of the 2012 edition, preparations for the new 2013 are already under way. It will have new contents, new thrills and, above all, will be extended to an even more global level. Pre-enrolments will open starting right at the Paris Motor Show, both directly only the stand and online on www.makeityourrace.com.