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This is a video i found on youtube of a Fiat 500 Abarth on the famous Nurburgring that almost all of us should know by now. It's amazing to hear and see the 500 on a track like this. Judging from the video, seems like the Fiat 500 handles extremely well on the turns. Hopefully one day i get my opportunity to get on the Nurburgring.

 

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According to my dealer service rep,sometime next year we will be able to upgrade our fiat 500,in other words Abarthize it.Fiat wants to sell the abarth kit to anyone who desires to purchase it.They want to beat scion to their game.And fiat will warranty it
 

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Wait, we'll be able to turn a regular 500 into an Abarth by buying a kit? Are you sure about that? Because it would be great not having to switch cars to get an Abarth.

I would think the Abarth will have different engine internals, beefier drivetrain, different gear ratios, etc. among many other things that aren't easily swapped out...
 

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Fiat 500C Abarth esseesse

Is this the kit?
http://www.netcarshow.com/fiat/2011-500c_abarth_esseesse/

Fiat 500C Abarth esseesse

Bolstered by the success of the recent conversion kits (one 500 Abarth in three is converted using the official kit), Abarth has expanded its range by launching the world premiere of the esseesse kits for the new Fiat 500C Abarth and Fiat Punto Evo Abarth models at the 2010 Paris International Motor Show. These are designed to improve performance, handling and safety without having to sacrifice the car's low emissions and fuel consumption.
The stand will host two esseesse cars that perfectly illustrate the spirit of Abarth tuning, encapsulating substance and unassuming good looks: in accordance with brand tradition and market requirements, Abarth cars are a mix of sporty yet elegant looks and safe driving experience, yet always with sporty performance levels. The Fiat Punto Evo Abarth esseesse is in fact capable of 180 HP with truly thrilling performance levels: maximum torque of 270 Nm at 3000 rpm, top speed of 216 km/h and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 7.5 seconds. The esseesse kit for the 500C turns the scorpion-branded convertible into a genuine open-topped sports car: 160 HP, maximum torque of 230 Nm, top speed of 209 km/h and acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 7.6 seconds.
The Fiat Punto Evo Abarth esseesse is exhibited with a Campovolo Grey body, named after the airfield, still operational today, that is located opposite the company's historic headquarters in Corso Marche, Turin. This was where the young Karl Abarth used to buy paint for his cars, the very same Campovolo grey shade used for aircraft. In detail, the Punto Evo Abarth on show combines this particular colour with an Abarth band in the body shade and 18" alloys in a special titanium-coloured esseesse design. Inside, the car features Abarth Corse by Sabelt seats in black leather with a distinctly sporty design and an Abarth Blue&MeTM MAP satellite navigation system complete with telemetrics developed with Magneti Marelli.
The Fiat 500C Abarth esseesse on the other hand, comes with an elegant Campovolo grey and Pista grey two-tone livery with a white chromatic liner, an element that divides and at the same time combines the two 'souls' of the car: the elegance of a cabriolet above and the out-and-out sporty performance of the esseesse kit below. The Fiat 500C Abarth esseesse is exhibited with an original Record Monza exhaust silencer (dual mode with variable counterpressure) that enhances the engine sound above 4000 rpm and, as on the Punto Evo, with an Abarth Blue&MeTM MAP satellite navigation system with telemetrics.
These two models may be very different but they share a single spirit, the sporting spirit of the Abarth scorpion logo, which has proved itself capable of igniting the passion of thousands of motorists with a taste for challenge, performance and Italian style. In the words of the advertising slogan "More power to your senses", on an Abarth car all your senses are stimulated to the maximum. The perception is further amplified by the two kits that guarantee even more driving performance and adrenaline: all in all, the Abarth conversion kits represent empowerment taken to its highest levels.
 

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No, that's the kit to upgrade the regular 130 hp Abarth 500 into the 160 hp Abarth Esseesse. Similar to the Mini's John Cooper Works kit when it first came out: a factory supplied, dealer (or owner) installed upgrade kit for an already forced inducted car.

I seriously doubt that there will be a factory, warranted kit to turn the normally aspirated 500 into an Abarth. Like all turbo versions of a certain model, there will be way too many differences: bigger brakes, different ECU, stronger trannies with different gears, lower compression pistons, higher flowing heads, different suspension, maybe bigger radiator, interior gauges, etc. Imagine how much it'll cost buying all those things and then having to install them.
 
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