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Abarth overview

Abarth & C. S.p.A. (pronounced a-baath) is an Italian racing and road car manufacturer, which was founded in Turin, Italy in 1949 by Carlo Abarth, an Austrian-Italian engineer and racing car designer. Abarth has long been associated with the Fiat Group, which acquired the brand in 1971. Stellantis inherited Abarth in 2021 as part of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and PSA Group merger.

Abarth vehicles are synonymous with quality and high performance and have a strong racing heritage, particularly rallying and hill climb racing. The brand is known for manufacturing high-end performance versions of Fiat cars. Its sports and racing vehicles are widely praised by car enthusiasts and racers for their speed and precise handling.

Abarth cars are designed for speed and promise to give their owners an exhilarating driving experience, whether they’re looking for a sports car, a racing car or just a thrilling ride. The iconic Abarth logo features a scorpion on a striking red and yellow background to represent the company’s commitment to manufacturing vehicles that are powerful, fast and agile.

The brand entered the electric vehicle market in 2023 with the launch of the Abarth 500e. Targeting the growing hot hatch EV market, the Abarth 500e is based on the existing Fiat 500e. It has a 42kWh battery and permanent magnet AC motor. This increases its power output to 153bhp and 235Nm of torque, compared to the standard Fiat’s 117bhp and 220Nm of torque. The 500e accelerates from 0-42mph in seven seconds. The model offers drivers sporty suspension, high driving position and sharp steering. It is ideal for city and suburban driving. It won the Autonis Award from the German automotive magazine Auto Motor und Sport for the 2023 automotive design innovation of the year in the minicars category.


Popular Abarth models

Introduced in 2016, the Abarth 695 is a high-performance city car based on the Fiat 500. It comes with a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This produces 180bhp and achieves a 139mph top speed. It has a distinctive, sporty appearance and has enjoyed a run of several limited-edition models. Limited editions include the 695 Biposto in 2016, the 695 Anniversario launched in 2019 and the 695 Esseesse (pronounced ‘SS’) in 2021.

A popular model in the Abarth lineup is the Abarth 595. Released in 2009, it is another iteration of the enduring Fiat 500. The model is available as a three-door hatchback or three-door cabriolet. Sporting a 1.4-litre engine and different models providing 165 or 180 bhp, it can reach 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds (180bhp) or 7.3 seconds (165bhp). The Abarth has a range of sporty features. These include low ride suspension, electric power steering with a sports setting and aluminium foot pedals. The basic Abarth 595 also comes with a five-inch touchscreen with DAB, Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity. There are steering wheel-mounted controls, air conditioning and electric front windows. A special 70th anniversary commemorative edition debuted at the 2019 Monte Carlo Rally.

On sale in the UK since 2008, the Abarth 500 is another, more powerful version of the chic city car, the Fiat 500. It offers responsive steering, exceptional handling and a stylish and sporty design. It has become a firm favourite with car enthusiasts and supermini lovers. It packs a punch with its 1.4-litre turbo-charged petrol engine. Lower suspension means also means faster acceleration and quicker braking. The Abarth 500’s rivals include the MINI Cooper S and the Ford Fiesta ST. The range received a facelift in 2016, with the Abarth 500 name replaced with the 595, 595 Turismo, 595 Competizione and the 695 Biposto.

Introduced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Abarth 124 Spider is the high-performance variant of the Fiat 124 Spider. It was Mazda who manufactured the model for FCA using the Abarth badge. It is quite a departure from the standard Fiat 124 Spider roadster. It boasts an optional hand-painted black racing stripe and 17-inch aluminium wheels. A sporty leather steering wheel, gear knob and red stitching also come as standard.


Manufacturer awards

Abarth’s vehicles have been turning heads for over seven decades and the company has won many awards over the years. Its design won three top places in the automotive magazine Auto Bild in 2020. Receiving first prize for Best Design, and for the third year running, Best in the City Car and Best Convertible. In addition, Readers of Motorsport Aktuell voted the Abarth 595 and Abarth 695 the 2019 Racer of the Year. In 2023, the Abarth 500e won the prestigious Autonis Design Award from the respected automotive magazine Auto Motor und Sport.


Abarth frequently asked questions


What is Abarth?

Abarth is an Italian racing car and road car manufacturer founded by Carlo Abarth in 1949. It is known for specialising in high-performing, powerful vehicles that are small and agile. Their models offer drivers a sportier driving experience.

Who makes Abarth cars?

Abarth cars are manufactured by Abarth & C. S.p.A. This is a subsidiary of Stellantis, a multinational automotive corporation that owns well-known car brands. These brands include Fiat, Jeep, Peugeot, Citroën and many others.

Who owns Abarth?

Abarth is owned by Stellantis. Stellantis a global automotive manufacturing company formed in 2021, after the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and PSA Group.

What does Abarth mean?

The name ‘Abarth’ comes from the founder of the company, Carlo Abarth. Carlo Abarth was an Austrian-Italian engineer and racing car designer. Carlo Abarth started the business in 1949 with racing car driver, Guido Scagliarini. The company focused on producing racing cars and became a major exhaust pipe manufacturer, which is still in production as Abarth.

What does Abarth mean in English?

‘Abarth’ does not have a specific meaning in English. It is the surname of Carlo Abarth, who founded the Italian automotive manufacturer, Abarth, in 1949.

Where is Abarth from?

Abarth was founded in Turin, Italy, by the Austrian-Italian automotive designer, Carlo Abarth in 1949.

Where are Abarth cars made?

Abarth cars are primarily manufactured in Turin, Italy where its parent company, Fiat, is located.

How to pronounce Abarth?

Abarth is pronounced a-baath, which is denoted as /əbɑɹθ/ in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).


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