Fiat have announced the introduction of a new limited edition 500 dedicated to Karl Abarth and his centenary this year. Named the Fiat 500 Abarth 'DA 0 A 100', rather tactfully referencing both the celebratory year and the Abarth's somewhat spritely performance, the limited edition 500 will see just 101 examples and boast a range of exclusive, classically Abarth tribute modifications.
With exclusive 'da 0 a 100' branding, the limited edition Abarth boasts hide colour leather upholstery and steering wheel, aluminium gear lever knob, kick plate and build number plate, while even the key fob acts as reminder to the car's hommage. The exterior touts Nuvolari Grey paintwork and an Abarth stripe along the body and complements 17-inch alloys featuring the Scorpion in relief and chrome-plated hub covers.
The limited edition model features Fiat's 1.4-litre turbo T-Jet engine, generating 160 hp at 5750 rpm and 230 Nm of peak torque at 3000 rpm, which in conjunction with a fixed geometry turbocharger can propel the 500 to a top speed of 211 kph or 131 mph, while 0 'a' 100 kph is achieved in just 7.3 seconds. Speeding up in fourth gear from 40 to 100 kph now takes 8.5 seconds - gaining ground on the Essessee model by a whole second. Deceleration is also boosted by way of perforated disc brakes front and rear as well as high performance front pads.
A range of further equipment puts safety high on the agenda, with seven airbags, ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution, ESP, Anti-Slip and the new Torque Transfer Control being among the additions. Automatic Climate Control, a high-tech Hi-Fi system with radio, CD and MP3 capability as well as Blue&Me satnav are the principle equipment highlights in the cabin.