2010 Geneva Motor Show Preview: Fiat 500C Abarth

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Fiat first displayed its rejuvenated Abarth brand back at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show with the unveiling of the Grande Punto Abarth S2000 racer concept and quickly followed this up with another concept, the Punto Abarth SS (Super Sport), at the Frankfurt Motor Show that same year and then the Abarth 500 in 2008.

At next week’s 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the house of the scorpion will be presenting the Abarth Punto Evo and the Abarth 500C, the latest two performance cars based on already popular Fiat models.

Both models will go on sale over the next few months through Abarth’s official dealer network in Europe and Japan. The good news is that we’re likely to see the Abarth brand arrive here in the U.S. with the Fiat 500, and you can bet the hotted-up 500C version will be coming too considering that the standard convertible is already destined to be sold here. The arrival date would likely be sometime next year.

The Abarth 500C, like the regular Abarth 500, comes with a sporty bodykit with larger air intakes, side skirts, a rear diffuser, pumped fenders, Abarth decals and new alloys plus the famed scorpion logo on the grille. Up back is an integrated rear diffuser and dual exhaust tips finished in chrome. The interior continues the sporty theme with new bucket seats, alloy pedals and leather trim.

Power will come from Fiat Group’s turbocharged T-Jet petrol engine, developing a peak 135 horsepower at 5,500rpm and 133 pound-feet of torque at 2,500rpm. When pressed, a sports button on the dash boosts torque to 152 pound-feet at a higher 3,000rpm.

All Abarth models also benefit from an upgraded handling pack, with larger wheels and stiffer suspension to improve dynamics. A special traction control system called Torque Control Transfer or TTC for short is also available. The system is able to split some of the engine’s torque between the front wheels and works in a similar fashion to Alfa Romeo’s Q2 system.


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