A new, rally-ready version of the Fiat 500 has just been detailed. The Abarth 500 R3T uses a 180 hp turbocharged engine, and will be run a special rally series next year.

Fiat-owned racing tuner Abarth has introduced a new, race-ready version of the Abarth 500.  Based on the new Fiat 500, the Abarth 500 R3T will be used as the principal car in a promotional rally slated for 2010.

Group R3T is the class for touring car racing with vehicles using turbocharged engines under 1.6-liters.  Translation: do not expect this car to be street legal.  Minimum unladen weight for these vehicles is fixed at 1080 kilograms, which engineers accomplished.

This version of the Abarth 500 uses a "Garret GT 1446 fixed geometry turbocharger" bolted to a 1.4-liter engine.  The two combine for a maximum output of 180 horsepower.  Mated to the engine is a six-speed sequential gearbox with a twin plate clutch and self-locking differential.  The new suspension may be adjusted to fit "each driver's individual driving style."

17-inch multi-spoke OZ rims were also added.  Brembo disc brakes have also installed, with ventilated discs up front.  Six-point safety belts and a welded roll-bar help keep driver and navigator safe.

A schedule for the Abarth 500 R3T rally will be released in the next few weeks.

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