Abarth… “A World of Performance since 1949″ at the 2011 Bologna Motor Show including the Abarth 595 Competizione street legal racing car and the Abarth 695 Competizione race and track day car…
Abarth is at the Bologna Motor Show with a spectacular stand where four world previews are being presented… the Abarth 595 Turismo, Abarth 595 Competizione, Abarth Punto Scorpione Limited Edition and the very special Abarth 695 Assetto Corse
At it’s heart is a concept very dear to Karl Abarth: “Sunday on the track, Monday at the office”, which the brand conveys by placing road vehicles designed for everyday use side-by-side with racing cars. After all, it is precisely from the world of racing that the brand draws technologies and values to then transfer to the production of exciting road cars.
The brand new Abarth 595 – in the two “turismo” and “competizione” versions, draws inspiration from the historic 595 model that Karl Abarth presented in 1963 as an version of the Fiat 500.
The new 695 “Assetto Corse”, this new, small, ‘super sports car’ will also debut in the single-make trophy pairing up with the Abarth 500 “Assetto Corse”, the highly successful star of the Trofeo Abarth 500 series over the past three years across Europe.
The fourth car being presented at the Bologna Motor Show is a new Limited Edition, the Abarth Punto Scorpione, dedicated to everyone who loves speed and performance both on the track and, responsibly, on the road. Abarth is also presenting the “Abarth Nitro” winter kit to go along with the new Limited Edition which contains the “Nitro Powered by Abarth” snowboard.
The four new cars will contribute to the already well-known successes the brand has enjoyed since its relaunch. Suffice it to say that since 2008 the brand has grown non-stop with about 38,000 Abarth Punto and Abarth 500 cars sold; plus more than 9,500 performance kits for the two models. These sales successes have been made possible by the extraordinary network of Abarth dealers that has further extended to other international markets such as Finland, Hong Kong and South Africa in 2011.
The Bologna Motor Show is a perfect stage for presenting the 2012 Abarth sporting programme… more news on this soon.
The Abarth 595 Competizione
The “Competizione” is for the more extreme sports car driving enthusiasts, the true racing purists. The first element on the Abarth 595 Competizione is the 5-speed Manual Transmission gearbox and the metallic Grigio Record livery is completed with 17″ titanium-coloured alloy wheels and yellow Brembo brake calipers. The tailgate carries the 595 Competizione logo in aluminium. The interiors have “Abarth Corsa by Sabelt” leather and natural leather-coloured alcantara seats bearing the 595 logo embroidered on the integrated headrest. Special materials can be seen throughout with special little touches such as the gear-knob, kick plate, pedal unit and aluminium running board are all decorated with the Abarth motifs. Tuning kits for setup and brakes are available. They guarantee a unique driving experience in terms of performance, handling and safety. Safety is always the focus with an Abarth tuning, and with these kits the braking system is strengthened and the ride is adjusted. The first kit fits perforated, self-ventilated front disc brakes (diameter 284 mm x 22 mm), perforated rear disc brakes (diameter 240 mm x 11 mm), and high performance front brake pads, whereas the second Abarth tuning kit provides front and rear Koni shock absorbers with FSD valve, and specific red springs set lower than those on the original car.
The Abarth 695 Assetto Corse
Designed for the track, the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse, a true Abarth race car. The Abarth 695 Assetto Corse is characterised by an aggressive front decorated with a badge bearing the Abarth logo and, underneath, a broader bumper complete with aerodynamic spoiler and screen-printed grilles instead of the plastic masks of the standard version. Under the bonnet, fitted out with the classic bonnet clips in true racing style, we find the 1368 cm3 turbocharged engine that delivers 205HP. The rear of the car features a winged spoiler, a badge bearing the Abarth logo and twin exhaust pipes.
The wheel assemblies complete with 17″ light alloy racing wheels wrap around new floating, perforated and self-ventilated front disc brakes and perforated rear disc brakes. But the true innovation of this new version is the Sadev sequential gearbox with a specific ratio that is combined with a metal-ceramic twin plate clutch.
On the inside the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse contains all of the safety equipment, including a roll-bar welded to the body that has been further stiffened to improve torsional stiffness. To make it even lighter – the car weighs about 30 kg less than the previous 500 Assetto Corse – the doors have been lightened by using Lexan for the side windows. The driver’s racing seat, steering wheel and digital dash display complete the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse.
All details correct at publication but subject to change without notice.
UPDATE – 12:12:11
Abarth put on a racing show in Bologna Show
Manuel Villa won the 500 Abarth ‘Racing Trim’ Cup held at the Bologna Motor Show. In the final, Villa beat Alex Campani who won this year’s Trophy Abarth 500 Europe. The Abarth 500 Assetto Corse event entertained the many visitors and race fans attending the Mobil1 Arena. The same day, at the Abarth stand were the awards made to the Abarth drivers and teams winning championships in 2011. Antonino Labate, Director General of Abarth, awarded Michael Tassone (winner of the Under 25 Trophy Abarth 500 Rally), Alex Campani (1st in the Trofeo Abarth 500 Europe), Nicola Baldan (1st in the Abarth 500 Trophy Selenia Italy), Eric Scalvini (1st Under 18 Abarth 500 Trophies in Europe and Italy), Paul Squires (1st in the Trofeo Abarth 500 Gentleman Italy) and Team Sport Zatti.