Abarth at 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Sun, 10/14/2012 - 01:37
Fiat’s in-house tuner Abarth has a large collection of cars for this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The main highlight is the Abarth695 Tributo Maserati. They have done tribute to Ferrari before, now the Maserati one comes into focus sporting a unique paint job, Maserati-design wheels, a lavish interior, and a 180hp 1.4 liter engine. It will be limited to 499 units and will cost a healthy premium over the standard Abarht 500, but then it’s a collectible item. Other features of the show for Abarth include new Abarth 500 Range, Abarth Punto scorpione, 2012 sporting programmes, and Make It Your Race 2012: set your dream in motion. Abarth press release: Another milestone on the “road to performance” is the new Abarth 595, with a concept inspired by the historic 595 model that Karl Abarth presented in 1963 as a variation on the Fiat 500: it represents the return to the concept of tuning, which enhances the performance features of a “basic” car, offering a power upgrade to 160 HP as standard. The new Abarth 595 expands the Abarth 500 product range and bears the brand’s two spirits in its two customisation options: “competizione” and “turismo”. The first is dedicated to race lovers, who love sportiness without compromise, whereas the second is dedicated to all trend-setters who love a marriage of comfort, elegance and sport. These three display models “race” along a platform coated with a special resin that evokes the atmosphere of a road – the ideal road for those who rise to the challenges in their everyday lives, in a constant search for “everyday performance”. The concept of “sportiness with elegance” represented by the “turismo”-customised 595 finds its ultimate expression in the last car making its international d?but at this Motor Show: the brand-new Abarth 695 “Tributo Maserati”, a genuine Gran Turismo convertible and special, limited and numbered series which celebrates Italian excellence, attention to detail and technological innovation which two brands like Abarth and Maserati express perfectly. Two historic brands which contributed, with passion and dedication, to the birth of Italian racing history and culture. The four cars on show make their contribution to the established success of the brand, which once again reached its predetermined targets for the year. In the course of 2011, almost 10,000 cars have been sold. The contribution of the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari has also been significant. Between its launch in July 2008 and today, more than 1500 cars have been delivered. These figures contribute to confirming the excellent results the brand has recorded since its relaunch to date. Suffice it to say that since 2008 the brand has grown non-stop, as about 39,000 Abarth Punto and Abarth 500 cars sold, plus more than 10,000 performance kits for the two models, demonstrate. This commercial success was also possible thanks to the extraordinary network of dealers and official tuning shops, a phenomenon which is unique in its field and which, after branching out into new markets such as Finland and South Africa in 2011, will forge further ahead into other new markets such as Morocco and Ukraine in 2012. Following the great success of its presentation at the LA Auto Show, the Abarth 500 will also be launched on the US market in March. Finally, the Geneva Motor Show is the perfect stage for presenting the 2012 Abarth sporting programme. The formula adopted in conceiving the trophies this year as well was intended to make the cost of entering the competitions extremely accessible, a concrete example of “democratising” races in the true spirit of the Scorpion. And, in line with this concept, Abarth isn’t missing the opportunity to present the 2012 edition of “Make it your race”. With a new, international format, this year it offers those aged 18-40 the chance to live out a dream, to take to the track in a genuine Trofeo Abarth 500 race.

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