Fiat Abarth 500 essessse 

  • built in Poland
  • 2008
  • 135 HP 1.4L
In particular, the spotlight will be on the “esseesse” kit for the 500 Abarth, which evokes the glorious history of the Scorpion.
Carlo Abarth’s aim was to design a simple, standardised performance enhancement technique so that any workshop, mechanic or even the customer himself could fit the parts to their vehicles.

Road Tests Real world tests of the Fiat Abarth 500 essessse

Top Gear track time

500 essessse
GT 86
Nissan 350Z

Data points Key details of the Fiat Abarth 500 essessse


500 essessse
135 HP
370Z Touring
332 HP


500 essessse
151 ft-lb
Nissan 350Z
275 ft-lb
370Z Touring
270 ft-lb

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Fiat Abarth 500 essessse
Compared to previous shows, nothing has changed as far as the brand’s distinctive identity is concerned: the colour red, a great passion for cars, the red and white chequered flag used to signal the end of endurance races (the competitions in which Abarth has notched up its greatest achievements), and the yellow and red shield with the black scorpion, representing the stinging zodiac sign of this mechanical genius.
23/09/2008 - It is only a few months since the 500 Abarth was launched, but there is no stopping Abarth & C. S.p.A. as they bring several more new products to the Paris Motor Show.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Fiat Abarth
Type of car Production car
Year 2008


Chief designer Roberto Giolito


Drivetrain FWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 5 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 3.91:1
  2. 2: 2.24:1
  3. 3: 1.52:1
  4. 4: 1.16:1
  5. 5: 0.87:1
Axle ratio 3.35:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 406/? 165
Rear wheels 4,216/? 165

road tests

Top gear time 1:35.50

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 18.52 lb/hp
Maximum hp 135 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Maximum torque 151 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM
Max RPM 6,500 RPM
Weight distribution 64%/36%
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 1,368 cc
Air compressor Turbocharger
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 11:1
Bore/stroke 2.83 in / 3.31 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,500 lb
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