A Pictorial Glimpse of Abarth Motor Cars Through the Years
Abarth & C. S.p.A. is an Italian racing car and road car maker founded by Italo-Austrian Carlo Abarth in 1949. Its logo is a shield with a stylized scorpion on a yellow and red background. Abarth & C. S.p.A. is a fully owned subsidiary of FCA Italy S.p.A. (formerly Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A.), the subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (formerly of Fiat S.p.A.) controlling its European automotive production activities.
On 1 February 2007 Abarth was re-established as an independent unit with the launch of the current company, Abarth & C. S.p.a., controlled 100% by Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A., the subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A. dealing with the production and selling of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The first model launched was the Abarth Grande Punto and the Abarth Grande Punto S2000. The brand is based in the Officine 83, part of the old Mirafiori engineering plant
Throughout the years, Fiat has acquired various different automakers: it procured Lancia in 1968, and in 1969, became a Ferrari shareholder, took over Alfa Romeo from the Italian government in 1986, bought Maserati in 1993, and in 2014, became the total owner of Chrysler Group LLC. Fiat Group presently manufactures twelve brands of vehicles: Abarth,
Alfa Romeo, Chrysler,
Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia,
Maserati, Ram Trucks, and SRT
In January 2009, the Fiat Group obtained a 20% interest in US automaker Chrysler LLC. The arrangement saw the Fiat brand return to North America following a 25-year absence. The first Fiat brand to show up in the US was the globally popular Fiat 500 city car. Manufactured at Chrysler's Toluca, Mexico, assembly plant. which also assembles the Dodge Journey and Fiat Freemont crossovers. Fiat is likewise promoting their commercial vehicles in North America, which are rebranded as Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City.
Abarth City Cars
Abarth 500 (2008-present)
The Abarth 500 is a performance model of the Fiat 500 tuned in-house by FCA's Abarth subsidiary. It was unveiled at the 78th Geneva Motor Show, a year after the rebirth of Abarth brand and company. All models use a turbocharged and intercooled version of the 1.4 L Fire I4 petrol engine.
The Abarth version of the 500C (cabriolet) was unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Abarth 500C has top speed of 205 km/h (127 mph) and it can accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 8.1 seconds.
Abarth Sports Cars
Abarth 124 Spider (2015-present)
The Abarth 124 Spider is a performance version of the Fiat 124 Spider (2016) under the Abarth marque. It was introduced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show along with the Abarth 124 Spider Rally racing car. Final assembly of the car takes place in the Officine Abarth in Turin, Italy, where the model specific parts are installed on the Japanese built roadster.
Abarth 205 (1950-present)
The Abarth 205 was a coupe sports car built by Austrian born tuning expert Carlo Abarth between 1950 and 1951. Only three cars were ever built.
Another of Abarth’s three cars won the 1,100-cc class at Monza in 1950, but it did not perform as well in the 1951 Miile Miglia. Abarth continued to produce cars, and also to build exhaust systems, which were another passion of his. In 1971, he sold his company to Fiat.
Abarth QT (1964-1966)
Abarth produced several tuned versions of the Berlina, Coupé, and Spider, with ever-increasing displacements. These belonged to the OT series of Abarth cars—standing for Omologata Turismo or "touring homologated", which also included two-seater sports racing cars.
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Abarth Motor Cars Through the Years
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