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A Lesson in Respect

The Abarth track experience is back

March 27, 2015

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth

The “small but wicked” Abarth lets drivers experience true race-car like performance, but it’s more rewarding if you know how to safely bring the sting out of the scorpion. To feel the full effect of the high-performance vehicle, Fiat offers the Abarth Track Experience as part of the vehicle’s purchase price. Now, with the optional six-speed transmission available in the new 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio, even more people will want to experience the high-performance version of the Fiat 500.

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    The 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio are available with an optional six-speed automatic transmission, helping to broaden the customer base for the high-performance version of the Fiat 500.

  • FIAT USA Vehicle Integration Engineer, Allison Singer, gets you up close, behind the wheel and under the hood with the 2015 FIAT 500 Abarth Automatic.

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    Both the automatic and manual transmission options for the 2015 Fiat Abarth and Abarth Cabrio will be paired with the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine.

  • Watch as our professional drivers take you through some of the highlights of last year's Abarth Track Experience!

You may say, how can an automatic mimic a race car? Easy. The 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio shift smoothly, like a good automatic should. If the car is not in Sport mode and the driver pushes the car to its limits, driving like they are on a track, the sport feature will unlock because the car wants to play too. With the sport mode’s 150-200 millisecond upshifting and rev-matching downshifts, it would be very difficult for even a well-seasoned racer to control the gear changes more precisely.

The 2015 Abarth Track Experience begins this month, giving Fiat 500 Abarth owners the opportunity to develop their driving skills in a one-day performance adventure.

Participants will pilot vehicles from a fleet of Abarth cars provided and put their skills to the test through four driving modules: autocross, head-to-head challenge, driving dynamics and performance drive. They will end their day by riding shotgun as professional drivers push the track-tuned Abarth vehicles to the limit.

“The Abarth Track Experience allows owners to take the fun-to-drive factor of the ‘small but wicked’ Fiat 500 Abarth to new limits,” Jason Stoicevich, Head of Fiat Brand North America, said. “With the success of the Abarth Track Experience last year and the popularity of the newly introduced specially tuned automatic transmission option, we’ve added stops this year to ensure more Abarth owners have the opportunity to develop their driving skills in a safe track environment.”

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To ensure the 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio remain true to their high-performance and track-ready heritage, the six-speed automatic transmission—Aisin AW6F25 six-speed—has been reinforced with more clutch plates and a more robust heat treatment to allow for higher torque capability.

The 2015 Abarth Track Experience begins Feb. 16 at Laguna Seca in Salinas, Calif., with stops throughout the year in Fort Worth, Texas; Fontana, Calif.; Angleton, Texas; Daytona Beach, Fla.; Englishtown, N.J.; Brooklyn, Mich.; and Joliet, Ill.

The Track Experience registration fee is included in the cost of each Fiat 500 Abarth or Abarth Cabrio. For more information, click here.

To read more posts by Jen Herman, check out the FCA Corporate Blog OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR.