Boasting nimble proportions, a hi-po powerplant and race-bred reflexes, the 2014 FIAT 500 Abarth has now added the one feature long missing from its performance resume: A complimentary track-day experience for owners who want to really put the Scorpion's sting to the test. And don't worry, Fiat provides the 500s, along with expert on-track experiences in four separate modules, including autocross, head-to-head challenges, driving dynamics and, of course, pure performance driving.
Those interested in taking advantage of this opportunity are urged to visit www.AbarthExperience.com ASAP, since much like the 2014 Fiat 500 Abarth itself, the driving program will start with a rush. The first event is scheduled for Feb. 18, 2014, at the famed Laguna Seca road course in Salinas, Calif., with further track days expected in:
- Ft. Worth and Angleton, Texas
- Fontana, Calif.
- Daytona Beach, Fla.
- Millville and Englishtown, N.J.
- Joliet, Ill.
“Abarth owners already know what a thrill it is to drive the Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio on a daily basis,” said Jason Stoicevich, Head of FIAT Brand North America. “And the Abarth Track Experience revs the fun to the red line, allowing owners to experience the limits of the car in a safe track environment. At the end of this experience, owners become true drivers by better understanding the dynamics of the ‘small but wicked’ Fiat 500 Abarth.”
To help non-owners with their comprehension, here's a little primer on the 2014 Fiat 500 Abarth: Fiat's long-time tuning partners at Abarth have worked their magic on the car by featuring a 1.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine that's been turbocharged to serve up 160 hp and 170 lb.-ft. of torque, enhanced by a power control module that has been calibrated specifically to help drivers maximize both. Further helping matters, engineers also deployed an automatic Torque Transfer Control system that regulates the flow of torque to the driving wheels; it reduces understeer and increases traction, too.
The aggressively designed package sits on a highly sophisticated suspension as well, highlighted by Fiat’s Dual Valve Frequency Selective Damping, KONI front shocks and a rear stabilizer bar that’s exclusive to the Abarth models.
Also boasting an athletic cockpit and plenty of standard and available technology, the 2014 Fiat 500 Abarth is at dealerships now with pricing that starts at $22,095 and rises to $26,095 for the open-air Abarth Cabrio.