Abarth at the Paris International Motor Show


It is only a few months since the 500 Abarth was launched, but there is no stopping Abarth & Co. S.p.A. as they bring several more new products to the Paris Motor Show.

In particular, the spotlight will be on the “esseesse” kit for the 500 Abarth, which evokes the glorious history of the Scorpion. In line with the philosophy which has distinguished Abarth for half a century – to bring its racing experience to the market for road going cars and open up the world of motor sport – the 500 Abarth with the “esseesse” kit is another important piece of the jigsaw in the already ambitious project of Fiat Group Automobiles.

True to Abarth tradition, the “esseesse” kit comes in an elegant wooden case and can only be sold and installed by the official network of Abarth converters, guaranteeing compliance with the highest testing and safety standards.

In detail, the kit allows the 1.4 16v Turbo T-Jet engine to achieve a maximum power of 147 KW at 5750 g/min with peak torque of 230 Nm at 3000 g/min in “Sport Mode”. The result is a truly thrilling performance: top speed is 211 km/h with acceleration from 0-100 kph in just 7.4 seconds.

In line with the Abarth concept of preparation, the “esseesse” kit uses perforated and ventilated front brake discs (diameter 284mm x 22mm), perforated rear brake discs (diameter 240mm x 11mm, high-performance front brake pads, springs that are specially lowered in comparison to the original car and Abarth “esseesse” 7″ x 17″ ET35 alloy wheels, finished in white or titanium, teamed with 205/40 ZR 17 Pirelli P-zero tyres.

The 500 Abarth “esseesse” kit is topped off by the specific air filter powered by BMC, four tyre pressure sensors, “esseesse” badges for the engine hood and the tailgate, and a specially designed, highly original key cover.

The 500 Abarth and the “esseesse” kit are currently under evaluation for South Africa.

500 Abarth 1.4 16V turbo 147 kW “esseesse” Specs:


  • 4 cylinders in line, 4 valves per cylinder, 1368 cm3
  • Power: 147 KW at 5750 g/min.
  • Max. torque of 206 Nm (230 Nm sport mode) at 3000 g/min.
  • IHI RHF3 fixed geometry turbocharger


  • 5-speed C510 transmission

Air filter

  • Abarth-specific, powered by BMC


  • Electric power steering with “sport mode”


  • Front: McPherson with anti-roll bar
  • Rear: interconnected bars with torsion beam

Ride height

  • Specifically lowered compared to the standard 500 Abarth


  • Self-ventilated, perforated front brake disc ø 284 mm x 22 mm
  • Perforated rear brake disc ø 240 mm x 11 mm
  • High-performance front brake pads


  • Abarth-specific Abarth “esseesse” style alloys, 7″ x 17″ ET 35
  • 205/40 ZR17 P-ZERO BLACK tyres


  • Maximum speed 211 Km/h.
  • Acceleration 0/100 km in 7.4 sec.

Fuel consumption

  • Urban: 8.5 litres per 100km
  • Extra-urban: 5.4 litres per 100km
  • Combined: 6.5 litres per 100km


  • 55 g per km CO2 (compared to Euro 5 CEE-F5 standard)

Special features

  • Specific “esseesse” key cover
  • Tyre pressure sensors
  • “esseesse” logo on tailgate/engine hood