Limited Edition Abarth With 160BHP

To commemorate the centenary of the birth of Karl Abarth, the founder of the Abarth tuning company, Fiat are releasing a limited edition Abarth 500 with 160bhp on tap.

The Abarth 500 ‘DA O A 100’ (0 to 100, for non-Italian speakers) gets an upgraded version of the turbocharged 1.4-litre engine, giving it a top speed of 131mph and 0-60mph in 7.3 seconds.

There’s a unique quad-tip exhaust fitted at the rear and a BMC free-flowing air intake is added to allow the engine to breathe more easily. Shorter gearing improves acceleration, while handling is tweaked by lowered suspension. This allows the 17-inch wheels to fill the arches more effectively, and behind the wheels there are new drilled and ventilated brake rotors.

Only 101 of these models will be made, but don’t expect to see any of them here in the UK as we’ve not even seen the standard Abarth 500 in showrooms yet.

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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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