Abarth is returning to the Geneva stage to present the entire line-up, which is the best expression of the principles of performance, craftsmanship and technical upgrade that characterises the brand with the scorpion badge.
In the spotlight of the Swiss event, visitors will be able to admire the new Abarth 124 spider together with the new Scorpione special series version, the Abarth 595 Pista and the Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha Limited Edition, which springs from the collaboration with Yamaha Motor Europe. This partnership, now in its third year, also spawned the Yamaha XSR900 Abarth, the first motorbike made by two of the most dynamic brands of the world motoring scene, which will also be on show. In brief, the Abarth exhibition area is open to the world and to brand values focused on premium performance, craftsmanship expressed in every product and constant technical upgrading. The number of enthusiasts who identify with the philosophy of the brand is on the rise worldwide.
Star of the event, the new Pista version of the iconic Abarth 595
The Abarth 595 Pista is a the new special series of the icon of the brand, will be debuting in the exhibition area. The model is available with two body types – sedan and convertible – and five body colours with contrasting details: Campovolo Grey, Gara White, Abarth Red, Record Grey and Scorpione Black.
It is equipped with a powerful 1.4 T-jet 160 HP (117 kW) engine, capable of delivering a specific power of 117 HP/litre and developing a torque of 230 Nm at 3000 rpm. The top speed is 216 km/h and the car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3”: numbers like these demonstrate that the performance of this car is perfect for anyone looking for that racing adrenaline rush. Its racing personality is confirmed by its superior technical contents, such as perforated and ventilated brake discs (284×22 mm on the front and 240×11 mm on the rear), Koni rear suspension with FSD technology and high-performance Abarth Record Monza exhaust with Dual Mode and four tailpipes. As standard, the 1.4 T-jet 160 HP engine is paired with a mechanical five-speed transmission but it can be fitted with an Abarth robotised sequential transmission with shift paddles on demand. Standard are also the matt black 17” “Formula” alloy rims with 205/45 tyres and fog lights.
In terms of appearance, the Abarth 595 Pista stands out for the possibility of choosing the colour of the front and rear bumper insert, of the rear-view mirror caps and of the brake callipers (black, red or yellow). Furthermore, the door handles and the specific “595 Pista” badge holder have an attractive titanium finish.
Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha Limited Edition and Yamaha XSR900 Abarth
For the third year running, Abarth will be Official Sponsor and Official Car Supplier of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team which will be competing in the 2017 FIM MotoGP World Championship. With this prestigious partnership, Abarth is confirmed as the automotive brand which is most capable of conveying the real essence of the race track, in addition to sharing the values of sportsmanship and desire to excel that both the brand with the scorpion badge and the stars of the motorcycle racing scene have rooted in their DNA. In the wake of the thrilling Abarth 595 Yamaha Factory Racing and the 695 biposto Yamaha Factory Racing Edition comes the new Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha Limited Edition special series, available exclusively with a Pista Grey livery: only 695 sedans and 695 convertibles will be made. The new car was created to celebrate the Yamaha XSR900 Abarth, which is the first exclusive motorcycle to spring from the collaboration between the two brands and which sports the same grey livery with red trim as the 695 XSR, as well as sharing many of its features.
The special series makes extensive use of carbon fibre to demonstrate its affinity with the front fairing, front mudguard and saddle cover of the two-wheel Yamaha. The Abarth 695 XSR and the Yamaha XSR900 Abarth also share Akrapovič ultralight exhaust developed in the racing world to boost the personality, sound and performance of both vehicles. On the Abarth car, the carbon fibre tailpipes enhance the looks and technology of the exhaust system. The XSR logo proudly displayed on the tailgate distinguishes the Abarth 695 XSR, while an aluminium badge identifies the sequential number of 695 units for each body type.
Other carbon fibre details, in addition to the mirror caps and Akrapovič tailpipes, are available as optional equipment, such as dashboard fascia, pedal covers, gear knob and kick plate.
Abarth 124 spider and Abarth 124 spider Scorpione
The new Abarth 124 spider is a fun, unconventional car destined to become an icon of driving pleasure and sure to excite everyone who gets behind the wheel. Developed with Squadra Corse Abarth it has the bold dynamics and driving joy of a true roadster. The mechanical standard self-locking differential demonstrates the technical excellence for superior road holding. This device is typically found in top-of-the-range sports cars and emphasises the personality of the new Abarth 124 spider. Weights are concentrated between the axles and the engine is installed behind the front axle to guarantee optimal agility and superior driving feel. Sophisticated mechanics and special materials have been used to contain the weight to just 1060 kilograms. This results in a weight-to-power ratio of 6.2 kg/HP, the best in its category. Furthermore, the optimal weight distribution guarantees sincere and exalting response.
The public will be able to admire two examples on the stand. The first has pastel “Turini 1975 White” paintwork and a matt black bonnet that recalls the classic Abarth 124 Rally, on which this was adopted as a measure to prevent glare in the driver’s eyes. The other colours available in the range are pastel “Costa Brava 1972 Red” and the metallic “San Marino 1972 Black”, “Isola d’Elba 1974 Blue” and “Portogallo 1974 Grey”: these names are a homage to the prestigious Abarth rally wins. Interiors are characterised by red and black leather seats, while the dashboard and central tunnel are covered with Alcantara, a technical fabric used in the racing world to reduce reflections in the passenger compartment and increases the driver’s concentration on the task at hand.
The second car is an example of the new Scorpione special series, a version designed for customers seeking the essence of unadulterated driving pleasure. The car on display sports a “San Marino 1972 Black” livery with “Forgiato Grey” details. A “Turini 1975 White” version is also available.
The new range of Abarth tune-up kits and accessories will also be showcased for visitors at the Geneva Motor Show. Performance, engine power, safety and customisation in the best Abarth style are the protagonists of this new after-market range. Three conversion kit offers are dedicated to the Abarth 595 and all on show on the stand.
The “160HP Tune-Up Kit” enhances the personality of the smallest Abarth of all and increases engine power from 145 to 160 HP. The conversion also includes Koni front and rear suspensions, Eibach low-ride front and rear springs, Ferodo brake pads and “Abarth Elaborazione” exterior badge. The kit is supplied to the customer in a special wooden crate which hints to the iconic Abarth conversion kit of the past.
The “180HP Tune-Up Kit” for 595 Turismo is designed to obtain the very best performance: from 165 to 180 HP and technical details of excellence, such as Koni front suspensions, Brembo floating front brake discs with red callipers, Ferodo brake pads, “Abarth Elaborazione” exterior badge and new conversion box dedicated to the world of performance.
The “Record Monza Exhaust System Kit” is offered today in a specially proportioned box. The muffler of the Scorpione celebrates Carlo Abarth’s speed record at Monza and its powerfully aggressive sound results from the perfect combination of Dual Mode technology with four tailpipes and exciting design.
The new tune-up kits complement the other components that consolidate the DNA of the brand: ultralight Esseesse white and titanium rims, mirror caps, pillar liners and carbon fibre dashboard fascia, gear knobs, kick plates and pedal boards made of technical material (aluminium and carbon fibre). In short, a selection of technical features for Abarth owners to customise their car and enhance its iconic and performing style.