2016 FIAT 500 Abarth at Thomson Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram FIAT
While all of the FIAT roadster-inspired 500’s are great rides, the 2016 FIAT 500 Abarth is the model to get if you want to be known as the legit sports car driver about town. This is a track-tested car with a roaring to its engine and some real zip in its arsenal! The turbocharged and twin-intercooled engine gets up to 160 horsepower and 183 lb.-ft. of torque on certain transmissions. It feels like a racecar with its Abarth-tuned hardware, which fetches track-ready durability via a burlier suspension, lowered ride height, larger brakes and optional wider 17 x 7-inch forged-aluminum wheels. Can’t go wrong on the internal features either here with the Uconnect 5.0 system that has a 5-inch touchscreen and enables handsfree cellphone calling (via Bluetooth), voice-command control of AM/FM, and optional SiriusXM Radio and navigation system. An easy to use media hub provides the entertainment compatibility with a direct auxiliary jack, streaming Bluetooth capability, an integrated CD player and a recharging USB port that should cover all the audio bases. Pair that with a BeatsAudio studio-quality sound system and suddenly everybody’s head-nodding their way all from Point A to Point B! Represent 2016 by choosing from four new exterior colors: light and dark gray, light blue and Modern Pearl Yellow.
Under the 500 Abarth’s Hood
The 2016 Fiat 500 Abarth has a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine for up to 160 horsepower, 183 lb.-ft. of torque and 0-to-60 mph performance in the low 7-second range, paired with the optional six-speed automatic transmission. Compared with the unassisted air intake 1.4-liter MultiAir engine, the boost in horsepower on the Abarth is mainly due to its single turbocharger that works off engine exhaust and uses energy that would normally go out through the tailpipe untouched. The 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo’s induction system includes two intercoolers that reduce heat and the result is more power. Also there is the Abarth-designed fresh-air intake system and a concentric “double-tip” dual-exhaust sports the trademarked and imposing Abarth-tuned sound. The standard five-speed manual transmission is paired with the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine for 160 horsepower and up to 170 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2016 Fiat 500 Abarth also has the available six-speed automatic transmission, which has been reinforced with more clutch plates and a more robust heat treatment to allow for higher torque capability. The Fiat 500 Abarth features an enhanced front and rear suspension design, a 22 mm Abarth-specific solid rear stabilizer bar for better cornering, a torsionally rigid rear axle made with strengthened coil-spring supports, and has stiffer rear springs. It also features a 15.1:1 (up from 16.3:1) steering-gear ratio and tuned electronic power steering (EPS), and 3 settings for the electronic stability control system. Standard on the Fiat 500 Abarth are 16 x 6.5-inch cast-aluminum wheels with 195/45 R16 Pirelli Cinturato P7 tires, but it also has available seventeen by seven inchers as well. Throw in the available Sport mode and the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) assists the driver with alerts about Turbocharging redlines and linear throttle responses, to be more in line with a racer’s experience.
Design of FIAT 500 Abarth
It’s simply a good looking, fiercely-styled car, no other way to say it. It looks like it’s ready to take on all challengers and at the same time be fun to drive alone around steep curves fast. The Fiat 500 Abarth features a more distinct front fascia, with twin “nostrils” are precisely positioned to maximize airflow in and out of the two engine intercoolers. Abarth-designed side sills give an athletic profile, plus the flared wheel arches provide ventilation for the performance brake system. An Abarth-specific steering wheel features a thick rim, perforated leather and flat bottom to provide the look, feel and additional roominess needed during focused driving. The 7-inch high-def color display sits behind the steering wheel. This allows drivers to easily monitor data like g-forces, speed, fuel level and trip information. When the vehicle is in Sport mode, the display changes to match that setting, a nice feature so you always know what mode you are in. Beats by Dr. Dre audio system offers a high-definition music experience with six premium speakers, an 8-inch dual-voice coil (DVC) subwoofer with trunk-mounted enclosure and 8-channel 368-watt amplifier with BeatsAudio digital sound processing (DSP).
Is this what you have been waiting for? Time to head down to the dealer to test drive one right now, and see for yourself. So while you are testing the drift possibilities and listening to BeatsAudio around those curves, you’ll be pleased to know that there are more than 35 safety and security features keep all riders in the Fiat 500 Abarth comfortable and secure. There are seven standard air bags, including driver and front-passenger advanced multistage air bags, driver’s knee air bag, full-length side-curtain air bags and standard seat-mounted side pelvic-thorax air bags. Building on this, a three-mode ESC system (ON, Partial, OFF) is standard for improved braking performance in wet or tough driving conditions. Fiat Abarth is a solid sports car with plenty of pickup and panache, from a strong lineage of cars made for racing enthusiasts.