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2nd July 2018

The Formula SAE's Italian stage at Varano ends, with Abarth playing a key role

The Italian stage of the Formula SAE, the competition open to teams of engineering students who design, build and race their own cars in tests designed to assess design, engineering efficiency and economic sustainability, came to an end yesterday on the Riccardo Paletti circuit at Varano de' Melegari. The Italian event was organised by Automotive Industry Association ANFIA with Dallara Automobili and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, participating with the Abarth brand, as main sponsors. Held for the thirteenth time this year, the Formula SAE Italy began with the opening ceremony on Wednesday 19 July and ended yesterday evening with the presentation of the prizes to the winning teams on the track and the final Party & DJ Set in the top paddock. More than 2,600 students from 23 countries worldwide (those from India and Mexico had travelled furthest) and more than 70 different universities took part. Overall there were 81 teams in the competition, 60 of them European with 18 from Italy, representing 16 universities. All the teams entered completely into the spirit of the event, racing their creations against each other on the circuit named after the Formula One driver who died during the 1982 Canadian GP. A large number of tests were run, creating a tough challenge not only for the prototypes designed by the future engineers but also for the students themselves. They all had to submit a business plan and the design of their cars complete with a breakdown of the costs involved. After that, only the cars which passed the technical inspections were admitted to the tests on the circuit: acceleration, skid-pad and autocross, through to perhaps the most exciting of all, the endurance event. As in previous years, the competition was subdivided into two categories, with a large number of prizes on offer: Class 1C on the one hand (cars with internal combustion engines) and Class 1E (electric cars) on the other. The overall winners were the Universities of Wroclaw (Breslau) for Class 1C and Stuttgart for Class 1E.Italian pride was satisfied by the Milan Politecnico's second place in the internal combustion engine category and third for the Turin Politecnico in the electric car class. Another Italian team, from Padua University, won a third category, Class 3 (presentation of the car's design only). Fiat Chrysler Automobiles again played a particularly important role in the Formula SAE this year, confirming the company's commitment to reinforcing its traditionally strong bond to the academic world. During the event, FCA established a large number of contacts with the young participants, the talents of tomorrow, students eager to get their careers off to a flying start: FCA gathered almost 300 CVs, with students showing great enthusiasm as they discussed potential prospects with the company. FCA took part as main sponsor through the Abarth brand, which has always had a special link with young people, expressed in both its models and its other projects, on and off the circuit. More than half of the almost 100 thousand members of The Scorpionship community are young people, and this year they have "gathered" on seven Abarth Days, each held at a different European circuit, including Varano de' Melegari itself. It is no coincidence that Abarth is one of the very few brands in automotive history to have been constantly involved in racing ever since its birth. For Abarth, racing is the test-bed for technical solutions intended for its on-road products. In 2016 it took part in 64 competitions, during which its cars completed 23 thousand circuit laps and 100 thousand racing kilometres. And in 2017 the brand made its official entry into the rallying world with a private crew programme based on the new 124 Rally model. Honouring these characteristics, the prizes awarded to the winners of the Endurance race in both Class 1C and Class 1E bore the name of the Abarth brand. They were won by Milan Politecnico and Stuttgart University respectively, and both prizes were presented by Abarth's Chief Designer, Ruben Wainberg. As well as receiving a cup and a symbolic oversized cheque, the two winning teams will be able to take part in the final stage of the Trofeo Abarth Selenia at the Mugello circuit on the weekend of 8 October. This will enable the young teams to experience a genuine race, with all the excitement of preparing the car's technical setup, assisting the teams in the technical tent, lunching with them and enjoying Abarth hospitality as the brand's guests. The chance to put a number of Abarth models through their paces on the roads around the circuit was also very popular: during the four days at Varano, attendees undertook more than 300 test drives in the 124 Spider and Spider Scorpione, 595 Competizione and 695 Biposto.

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2nd July 2018

Abarth and Alfa Romeo triumph in the Sport Auto AWARD 2017 in Germany

The readers of the "Sport Auto" magazine picked the Abarth 695 biposto as their favourite. Alfa Romeo Giulia also won two prizes at "Sport Auto AWARD 2017". A total of 234 models competed in 25 categories in the 25th edition of the "Sport Auto AWARD 2017". In total, 13,211 readers cast their votes expressing the enthusiasm for sports cars like the Abarth 695 biposto and Alfa Romeo Giulia. In particular, the most powerful standard production Abarth ever won in its category at the "Sport Auto AWARD 2017". The car's 139 kW (190 hp) and numerous racing components drove it to the top on the popularity scale. The readers of famous German "Sport Auto" magazine also awarded the high-end 510-hp Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio with the first place in the imported "Standard Sedans/Station Wagons up to 100,000 Euro" category. In the imported cars list, the Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0 Turbo Veloce was the readers' top pick of the "Standard Sedans/Station Wagons up to 50,000 Euro" category. Both versions of the Giulia topped their respective category, beating many German competitors.   The readers of the "Sport Auto" magazine picked the Abarth 695 biposto as their favourite The readers of "Sport Auto" have decided: their favourite is the Abarth 695 biposto. In the "Sport Auto AWARD 2017" competition, they chose the most extreme and powerful standard Abarth ever in the imported "standard small cars" category. With a turbocharged 190-hp engine and plenty of racing equipment, the Abarth 695 biposto took the second place in the overall rating of its category, beating many German competitors. "In the sports car segment, the Abarth 695 biposto held its own against very strong competitors. Wining in this segment is further confirmation of our strategy to make racing sports technology available in standard production cars. 'Born on the racetrack, for life on the road' is more than just a slogan for us," said Harald Koch, Brand Manager Abarth at the award ceremony in Stuttgart. Not by chance, the Abarth 695 biposto comes closer to the "street-legal racing car" claim than any other model in the history of the brand with the Scorpion badge. The 1.4-litre turbo engine delivers 190 hp at 5750 rpm. The two-seater Italian weighs just 997 kilos, can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 230 km/h. The Abarth motorsport know-how is also reflected in aerodynamics of the car, which has carbon components, the optional polycarbonate side windows, exhaust system developed in collaboration with racing specialist Akrapovic®, Brembo® high-performance brakes and the height-adjustable sports suspension with OZ® 18-inch light steel rims. Pure functionality is also evident inside the cockpit. Drivers and co-drivers can enjoy the extreme grip of the "Abarth Corsa by Sabelt®" racing seats with four-point harness seat belts. A titanium pillar behind the seats improves torsional stiffness of the entire vehicle, while a net attached to it serves as storage for helmets. Finally, the motorsport genes of the Abarth 695 biposto also can be seen in the transmission. As a world champion in the sports cars field, a "dog-ring" five-speed racing gearbox is optionally available, allowing experienced drivers to shift very quickly without pressing the clutch. This gearbox is paired with a mechanical lamella lock for optimum propulsion. This technology gives the Abarth 695 biposto the perfect combination of high performance for the road with the personality of a racing car.   Alfa Romeo Giulia also took two wins at "Sport Auto AWARD 2017" The awards dealt out by "Sport Auto", one of Germany's top car magazines, is for the sportiest road cars only. "We are very proud to have win no fewer than two titles with the Alfa Romeo Giulia", declared Brand Manager Rebecca Reinermann at the prize-giving ceremony in Stuttgart. The high-end Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, powered by a V6 turbo petrol engine delivering 510 hp, won the import class in the "Standard Sedans/Station Wagons up to 100,000 Euros" category. The Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.0 Turbo Veloce, with a 280 hp turbo petrol engine under its bonnet, was rated as the number one import car in the "Standard Sedans/Station Wagons up to 50,000 Euros" category by the readers of "Sport Auto" magazine. Both Alfa Romeo Giulia models were among the best also in the overall ranking in their respective categories. Each taking the respective third places, they beat may German competitors in famous readers' survey. "The readers of 'Sport Auto' mainly honoured the dynamic characteristics of each contestant. This is why both Alfa Romeo Giulia models got highest accolade", added Rebecca Reinermann. The Italian sports sedan was developed with people who are looking for a high-performance car with a bold personality. The Alfa Romeo Giulia satisfies these requirements with its typical Italian design, powerful engines, body, powertrain and suspension components made of alloy or even carbon fibre, its perfect weight distribution (close to 50:50 across the front and rear axle) and high power-to-weight ratio, among other features.

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2nd July 2018

Abarth at the 2017 Dubai International Motorshow

Official launch of the prestigious Italian brand in the Middle East. Performance, technology and iconic Italian style are the key factors behind the Scorpion Brand's continuous expansion at the global level. Abarth 695 Rivale: the special series that brings together two Italian brands with a shared excellence in technology, innovation, attention to every detail and outstanding performances. Abarth 124 spider: an adrenaline-charged car developed with Squadra Corse Abarth, delivering the bold dynamics and driving joy of a true roadster. Abarth 595: the natural heir of the car launched in 2008 that has conquered the world. The racing soul of the brand with the Scorpion badge - which is the founding element of its history and its current substance - still attracts thousands of fans worldwide in many exciting motorsport events. Implementing its policy of promoting continual brand growth on a global level, Abarth is attending the 2017 Dubai Motorshow with three models - Abarth 695 Rivale Cabrio, Abarth 124 spider and Abarth 595 Competizione - to represent the range of the brand with the Scorpion badge which is being officially launched in the Middle East and North Africa. It is an important moment for the prestigious Italian brand which boasts a long and glorious racing and rally history and a further step forward in the Abarth expansion strategy with a sole mission: to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary by offering the best products in the compact sports car segment. The three attractive cars on show are an invitation for the middle eastern public to learn more about the values of the brand based on top performance, craftsmanship and continual technical upgrade. These three values guide the work of the Abarth designers, engineers and technicians who create the compact supercars with the Scorpion badge engaged every day on the road and on the racing track. The same enthusiasm fires the many fans worldwide who share the ideology as founder Karl Abarth and follow the many motorsports appointments in which Abarth racing cars star. Not by chance, races are a key element of the history and current substance of the Italian brand, as demonstrated by the tried and tested Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione and Abarth 595 OT (Omologata Turismo), not to mention the Abarth 124 rally, which debuted this season, and the Formula 4 cars which are also competing in the United Arab Emirates Championship and are equipped with the 1.4 Turbo t-Jet engine derived from the one used on Abarth street-legal and race cars.   Abarth 695 Rivale Two Italian brands with a shared excellence in technology, innovation, attention to every detail and outstanding performances have come together to create Abarth 695 Rivale, the special series conceived in partnership with Riva. This historic, world-famous yacht builder, famed for its Italian elegance and style, has helped to create the most refined Abarth ever. Available in a limited edition in sedan and convertible version, the Abarth 695 Rivale can be recognised by its exclusive livery: two-tone paintwork in Riva Evening Blue and Shark Grey, with the delightful touch of two aquamarine stripes running around the waistrail, similar to the "beauty line" that appears on yachts. The satin chrome finish on the door handles, the "695 Rivale" signature on the tailgate and rear wings, and the satin chrome moulding on the tailgate that recalls the sophisticated forms of a yacht, all make this model even more unmistakable, thanks to the stylistic affinity with the side view of the new Riva yachts. All this glamour goes hand-in-hand with the usual striving for the best performances through the constant technical upgrading found in every Abarth car: under the bonnet of the 695 Rivale lurks a 1368 cc engine providing a maximum power of 180 HP and a torque of 250 Nm. The 695 Rivale's weight-power ratio is worthy of a real supercar (5.8 kg/HP with a weight of 1045 kg) and the performance is stunning: top speed of 225 km/h and just 6.7 sec. (6.9 sec. with robotised sequential transmission) to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h. In other words, a car that will delight the most discerning customers, in search of elegance, sophistication and performance. The underlying aim of the 695 Rivale is to surpass Abarth's traditional values by embracing the unique allure of Riva, to satisfy the demand for thrilling performances combined with luxury-class elegance and refinement. Its style is inspired by the brand new open Riva "56 Rivale", one of the most elegant, fastest yachts the Sarnico yard has ever built. These features are strongly present in the 695 Rivale, which also borrows some typical Riva design features to underline its emphasis on elegance and personality. In fact, the yacht and the car share some design characteristics such as the distinctive Riva grey colour and satin chrome mouldings. Inside, carbon fibre sill, dark blue leather seats and door panels, black mats with blue inserts and dashboard in carbon fibre or mahogany, an optional variant that gives the car an even more nautical touch. Wood - the most natural of materials - meets state-of-the-art technology for a result of absolute excellence, just like on Riva yachts: the perfect combination of ultimate technology and expert craftsmanship. The mahogany variant embraces the Riva philosophy even more profoundly: a well as the dashboard fascia, it includes a special blue and black leather steering wheel with mahogany hub, blue leather instrument panel cladding and mahogany gear knob and sill. The technical contents are also superlative: the UconnectTM infotainment system with 7" HD touch screen, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, is standard equipment. Every car is complete with a hand-mounted numbered plaque which can also be customised, on request, with the name of the owner's yacht: an original way of making the new Abarth 695 Rivale a high-performance land tender. Last but not least, the Abarth character is clearly visible in the Akrapovi? exhaust with carbon tips, the Brembo brakes with black 4-piston fixed calipers at the front, the 17" Supersport alloy wheels with special gloss grey finish, and the Abarth by Koni suspension system with FSD (Frequency-Selective Damping). Its unique characteristics make Abarth 695 Rivale an instant classic - absolutely worthy of a place on the elite Abarth Register, which only includes the most exclusive cars with technical or historic features that classify them as "collectors' items".   Abarth 124 spider Exclusive automotive expression of the Italian lifestyle, the new Abarth 124 spider is an adrenaline-fuelled, unconventional car destined to become an icon of driving satisfaction and sure to excite everyone who gets behind the wheel. Derived from the best roadster platform, the most successful in automotive history, the new Abarth 124 spider has been further developed by Squadra Corse Abarth to guarantee the bold dynamics and driving joy of a true roadster. Proof of its technical excellence focused on handling quality is the mechanical self-locking differential supplied as standard. This device is typically found in top-of-the-range sports cars and emphasises the personality of the new Abarth 124 spider. The weight is concentrated between the axles and the engine is installed behind the front axle to guarantee optimal agility and superior driving feel. Sophisticated mechanics and special materials have been used to contain the weight to just 1060 kilograms. This results in a weight-to-power ratio of 6.2 kg/HP, the best in its category. Furthermore, the optimal weight distribution guarantees sincere and exalting response.A powerful, ultra-reliable 1.4 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with MultiAir technology throbs under the bonnet. It delivers 170 HP (about 124 HP per litre) and 250 Nm of torque: it has a top speed of 229 km/h and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds paired with a six-speed Esseesse Sports Sequential automatic transmission. What is more, since the engine sound is a fundamental element of all Abarth cars, standard equipment includes Record Monzaexhaust with Dual Mode system capable of modifying the path of the exhaust gas according to pressure, guaranteeing linear torque and power delivery and generating a satisfying, deep roar at the same time. The suspension of the Abarth 124 spider features high double wishbone suspension on the front and a five-arm multi-link on the rear. The set-up is calibrated specifically to increase stability on corners and enhance compression braking. Steering feedback is optimised by adopting a specific sports calibration of the power steering system. Furthermore, the new Abarth 124 spider is decked out with a host of state-of-the-art active and passive safety devices. In addition to ABS, standard equipment includes EBD, for adjusting front and rear axle brake force distribution to optimise braking distances and guarantee control in all load conditions of the car. Of course, also standard is ESC, for optimal control in all driving conditions, particularly the most critical. All these devices can be set to two levels or completely deactivated for driving on the race track allowing the driver to exploit the outstanding balancing and dynamic features of Abarth 124 spider to the fullest and enjoy an unadulterated and direct driving feeling. The Abarth DNA is confirmed on both models also on the inside with an overall focus aimed at guaranteeing perfect ergonomics. Leather seats are supporting and very comfortable at the same time to keep the driver in the ideal position as low and retracted as possible to be able to perceive all side movements of the car. Furthermore, the controls are perfectly in keeping with the sporty set-up of the car: the position of the pedal board, the vertical steering wheel and the short gear stick make for a fully enthralling driving experience. The dashboard features a large tachometer with red background arranged in central position facing the driver and a keyless start system. Comfort is guaranteed by leather seats (as standard) and the excellent soundproofing afforded by the noise deadening windscreen, rear window and double-layer top. The latter is designed to be opened and closed with one hand from the driver's seat in a few seconds. Once folded behind the seats it does not occupy space in the boot. Both cars on show are equipped with the Sound Plus Pack, which includes radio 7" touchscreen and a sophisticated Bose audio system with subwoofer and eight speakers, two of which integrated in the head restraints for a perfect listening experience. The Visibility Plus Pack, instead, features full LED automatic self-levelling headlights, LED daytime running lights, rain sensor, dust sensor, headlight washer and rear parking sensors. Finally, the colour range includes the pastel "Turini 1975 White" and "Costa Brava 1972 Red" shades, together with the metallic "San Marino 1972 Black", "Hessen 1972 Blue", and "Eastern Alps 1974 Grey" colours - all names chosen to pay tribute to the Brand's prestige successes in the rallying world.   Abarth 595 On sale in the EMEA area since last year, the new Abarth 595 range embodies the evolution of this iconic model: more powerful engines, even higher-performing standard features and many product novelties, some currently reserved only for up-market vehicles. Available in the saloon or convertible version, the New 595 Abarth range comes in three trim levels (595, 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione) and just as many engine power and tuning levels that satisfy today's increasingly demanding and competent customers. Many of the upgrades introduced are the result of experience gained with the development of the 695 Biposto, the "smallest supercar", a street-legal model which offers the excitement and technology of a real racing car. Distinctive yet affordable, the 595 version is Abarth's entry-level car: it offers all the standard equipment needed to ensure the driving pleasure typical of the Scorpion brand's creations. The 595 makes the ideal base for those who want to fine-tune their car's components over time, to make it unique. The 595 Competizione and the 595 Turismo express two further aspects of Abarth's identity. The former, more "radical", is designed for those with a passion for performance and uncompromising sportiness. The latter is based on the typical values of Italian GTs, but in a compact format designed for urban use. One of the biggest innovations is the increased power of the 1.4 T-jet engine installed on the 595 and 595 Turismo versions. The first can now count on 145 HP and 206 Nm of peak torque, while the second delivers 165 HP and 230 Nm. What's more, the 595 Turismo is now equipped with the Garrett GT1446 turbocharger. The 595 Competizione, with its 180 HP, is the ideal car for adrenaline junkies looking for racing performance and technical features. With the "Abarth Corsa by Sabelt" supportive shell seats, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7" and braking safely with the oversize Brembo system and four-piston aluminium fixed calipers will be a pleasure. With the high-performance Record Monza exhaust and dual mode system, the engine achieves a specific power of 132 HP/litre. The exclusive content is available, on request, on the rest of the range, together with the Record Modena exhaust ensuring identical performances combined with a specific tailpipe. As standard, all the 1.4 T-jet versions are coupled with a mechanical 5-speed gearbox, but the Abarth robotised sequential gearbox with steering wheel paddles is also available on request. The Abarth 595 is also the only car in its segment with a mechanical limited-slip differential (Abarth D.A.M.), an exclusive performance feature derived directly from the experience gained with the 695 Biposto. Specifically, the mechanical limited-slip differential ensures adequate torque transfer across the front wheels when one has less grip (a typical example is cornering and coming out of a curve with a high lateral load). To conclude, key features of the car's interior include Corsa by Sabelt seats, some of the most supportive on the market today, with a high degree of lateral containment; the use of technical materials such as Alcantara and carbon fibre to underline the model's sporty personality; and the 5" or 7" UconnectTM Live system, with presetting for Apple CarPlay and compatible with Android AutoTM, not to mention integral navigator and Abarth Telemetry. Also available is the high-quality, powerful BeatsAudio sound system with total power of 480 Watt and 8-channel digital amplifier.   Racing Competitions are an essential element in the history and actuality of Abarth. The range of race cars consists of various models, spanning from the tried and tested Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione and Abarth 595 OT (Omologata Turismo) to the T-Jet engines of the Formula 4 cars and the new Abarth 124 rally, which debuted in this season. Special single-make championships are organised for each model to allow a high number of drivers to prove their mettle in motorsports. The first edition of the Abarth 124 rally Selenia Trophy was staged in 2017, joining the ninth track racing season of the Abarth Selenia Trophy, with the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione and the Abarth 595 OT, and the Coppa Abarth Classiche, for vintage Abarth models competing in rallies. Abarth supplies 160 HP T-Jet engines for the Formula 4 single-seaters competing in championships in Italy, Germany, Northern Europe and Iberia, in addition to the United Arab Emirates. The season is action-packed and will involve all classic motorsport areas, with a clear technological reference to standard production. The entire range has a racing version to underscore the close link between the racing experience and the development of standard vehicles. With the Abarth 124 rally Trophy, the brand with the Scorpion badge is organising a strongly innovative proportional trophy with a car that is highly innovative in itself. The Abarth 124 rally breaks the mould by combining excitement and technology: rear-wheel drive guarantees the spectacle, while the very high-level performance is the result of painstaking development, as recently demonstrated in the first race at the Monte Carlo Rally which was held in extremely difficult conditions with lots of ice and snow on the roads. The situation was positively not favourable for rear-wheel drive but still did not hold back the three private drivers who obtained excellent results. The car is a Group R-GT model and therefore can compete in national and international races. The Abarth 124 rally Trophy counts seven rallies, six of which are part of the Italian Championship. In this way, drivers taking part in the Trophy can also compete for the Italian title in the R-GT category, like young Fabrizio Andolfi Jr, who won the single-make championship and the R-GT Italian championship. The Under 23 winner Andea Modanesi will be given the opportunity to compete in the 2017 Monza Rally with the official Abarth 124 Rally. By organising the Trophy directly, Abarth offers an array of services to facilitate team work of those who sign up: a spare parts service with technicians to provide assistance during the race will be present on the race circuits. A hospitality area with catering and entertainment dedicated to crews and teams will also be organised. Media visibility will be high, with a dedicated press and TV office in addition to activities on the most popular social media. For more information on the Abarth 124 rally Trophy, go to the racing.abarth.com website or email the Abarth Racing Team at 124rally@abarth.com. The Abarth 124 rally is the true strength of the championship. It is a real sports car, set up and tuned directly by Abarth and sold race-ready for 140.000 Euro. The key elements of the car were clearly set in the development brief: make it light with perfect weight distribution give it a powerful, reliable and high-performing engine make it lightning fast cornering with no understeering ensure outstanding traction in all conditions give it the fun of rear-wheel drive combined with state-of-the-art technology make it easy to manage for team and technicians and keep running costs low. The car fits a 1800 cm3 twin cam turbo direct injection engine. By exploiting a range of selectable mappings, it can output up to 300 HP at 6500 rpm with optimum torque curve, a key element to ensure balanced steering and acceleration when oversteering. Performance is breath-taking, acceleration is scorching and enhanced by a full, satisfying sound. To enhance performance even further, the engine is coupled to a snappy six-speed sequential transmission with shift paddles, while traction is assured by the mechanical self-locking differential. Rallies put the cars under extreme stress and that is why the excellent mechanical layout of the standard production car has been developed further. The suspension system - front high double wishbone and rear multilink - provides optimised kinematics and is now installed on special subframes that ensure superior mechanical strength and considerable weight reduction, while metal joints guarantee top driving accuracy. To ensure maximum grip in all road conditions and adapt to the different special stages, the Racing Team mechanics were extremely careful in defining the suspension set-up possibilities, which offer a broad adjustment of the characteristic angles, a greater bump position for difficult surfaces and, above all, hydraulic four-way shock absorbers to be able to configure compression and rebound behaviour as well as response to the high or low frequencies extremely accurately to indulge the driver's feeling. The first-class mechanics has called for a new generation electronic system both to ensure top performance on the road and to optimise weight and overall dimensions. With a high level of integration, all the main controls are ergonomically grouped on the steering wheel. In this way the driver can, for example, choose the different calibrations of the engine and of the antilag system or select the traction control mode, from the one designed for fast, grippy tracks to that designed to guarantee peak performance also in low grip conditions. Perfectly interpreting Carlo Abarth's legacy, Racing Team mechanics also focused on servicing and containing the cost per kilometre to foster the promotion of new talents and allow gentlemen drivers to access the world of rallies. A modern rally car has to be designed not only to ensure top performance, but also to allow drivers, navigators and technicians to rely on a machine that can meet their expectations and adapt to multiple uses and situations. This is the reason why the new Abarth 124 Rally offers the possibility to choose different configurations and set-ups, spanning from the profoundly mechanical, such as ground clearance, to exterior liveries, to be reminiscent of the unforgettable triumphs of the Abarth brand in rallies the world over. The car was designed with an eye to facilitating servicing operations on the race track and to cut running costs. For instance, the suspension subframes are arranged for fitting the ground clearance kit with a double arm fixing position. Furthermore, the kit requires specific assembly instead of calliper replacement. Finally, the SE139 code of the project is rooted in the pulsing heart of the history of the brand, referring directly to Carlo Abarth himself. The abbreviation SE means "Sports" and "Experimental", a direct connection with Abarth's values of craftsmanship and technical progress. The sequential number 139, on the other hand, reminds us that in its 67-year history, Abarth has developed an average of two racing projects per year: an outstanding achievement that few other automotive manufacturers can boast.   The Abarth Trophy on the race track For the ninth year running, Abarth organised a Trophy reserved for Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione and Abarth 595 OT to offer many drivers the opportunity to prove their mettle on major race tracks in a car that is very spectacular and formative. There were seven race days and at the end of the season the winner was the Italian driver Cosimo Barberini, who led the ranking ahead of Juuso Pajuranta from Finland, Joakim Darbom from Sweden and young promise Kuzey Eroldu from Turkey. Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione is propelled by a powerful 215 HP turbo engine paired with 6-speed sequential transmission, special ride settings and aerodynamic equipment to enhance its performance. This championship has taken on an international connotation with the presence of many drivers from across Europe, noticeably from Scandinavia and Spain, in addition to a substantial and combative squad from Turkey, which in 2016 have shown their worth. The average presence of the past editions was approximately 20 cars. An array of services was offered to drivers and teams also in this championship: paddock setup, spare part service on the race track with presence of technicians for advice and hospitality area with catering dedicated to crews and team. Media visibility will be high, with a dedicated press and TV office in addition to activities on the most popular social media. With this initiative, Abarth confirms its philosophy of creating racing opportunities for the standard versions of the high performance cars of the brand, which are capable of firing enthusiasm of drivers, on the road and on the race track alike.   Coppa Abarth Classiche The racing attitude of the grand project involving enthusiasts of the history of the brand is expressed by the Coppa Abarth Classiche, in its second edition this year. The novel fact is that the chosen speciality is rally racing, an area in which the brand with the Scorpion badge boasts many international successes at the highest levels both as Abarth and when the Squadra Corse Abarth managed Lancia, winning ten manufacturer's championship titles and six driver's championship titles over the years. The championship consisted of six races and open to all vintage models earlier than 1981. The formula of Coppa Abarth Classiche, developed in collaboration with Michelin Italia, was packed with advantages for signing up to events and buying tyre sets for teams.   The F4 involvement Given the outstanding success experienced in Italy and Germany over the past seasons, Abarth has decided to support the fourth edition of the Italian F4 Championship and the third edition of the F4 Championship in Germany, reconfirming its involvement in the Italian Championship as sponsor and official engine supplier. The 1.4 Turbo t-Jet engine with 160 HP, derived from the one fitted on the street-legal 595 and used on the Abarth cars competing in the Abarth Trophies, will be equipping all the cars made by the Italian manufacturer Tatuus again this year. In 2017, forty very young drivers competed in the German Championship and thirty competed in the Italian one. The same car is competing in the United Arab Emirates Championship, which consists of six races from December 15, 2017 to March 3, 2018, on the Yas Marina and Dubai race tracks.

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2nd July 2018

The brand with the Scorpion badge introduces the new Abarth AR app

The new augmented reality app which "creates" a high-resolution, 1:1 scale 3D Abarth 124 spider model with exciting interactions is available from today. Today, brand with the Scorpion badge introduces "Abarth AR", the new augmented reality app starring the exclusive Abarth 124 spider, an adrenaline-packed car that guarantees all the driving fun that only a real roadster can offer. Available on the main markets across the EMEA Region and for downloading from the Apple Store directly to your iOS device, the new app confirms the great attention of Abarth towards technology. "Abarth AR" is an evolution of the current catalogues, allowing user-friendly browsing and immediate updates, in addition to creating an exciting immersive experience in the Abarth 124 spider. The new "Abarth AR" app can be used to "create" full-size model wherever you are. Simply point the camera of your device to a large surface to position a 1:1 scale, 3D model of the Abarth. You can walk around the car observing it from all points of view, open the doors to look inside, switch on the lights, sound the horn and even accelerate to hear the sound of the 1.4 turbo MultiAir 170 HP engine. The level of detail and the quality of the images is so high that you will feel you are actually looking at a real Abarth 124 spider. With the "Abarth AR" app you can choose the body colour you prefer, check the paired interiors and select the radio, transmission and headlight packs. Finally, you can take customised photographs next to your configured car in the location you prefer to share with your friends on your social medial profiles.

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2nd July 2018

Abarth at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show

Stealing the show will be the Abarth 124 GT, the new special edition with two personalities - unadulterated roadster thrills and a light-weight and safe technical top, the only one on the market to be entirely made of carbon fibre. The Abarth 695 Rivale developed in partnership with Riva will be by its side, to witness the convergence of two excellences of Italy renown for care for detail and quest for speed. Performance, technology and iconic Italian style are the key factors behind the steady global expansion of the brand with the Scorpion badge. Circuit racing, rallying and young drivers in the Abarth 2018 competition season.   Transforming the ordinary into something extraordinary to offer the best products in the small sports car segment. This is the mission of the brand with the Scorpion badge which has always been the byword for performance and iconic Italian style, and which could not miss the draw of the Geneva Motor Show. In the spotlight will be the Abarth 124 GT world preview, an adrenaline-packed special edition developed by Abarth Racing Team, with two personalities - a stylish coupé and a bold and dynamic roadster for real driving pleasure. The trademark grand-tourer-style silhouette of the special edition will be on show by the side of the exclusive Abarth 695 Rivale, which will be sporting a two-tone Riva Sera Blue and Riva Shark Grey paintwork and blue leather interiors. Designed in partnership with the iconic world-famous yacht builder Riva, the car is the perfect blend of elegance and performance. The two attractive cars on show will be an invitation for the general public to learn more about the values of the brand founded on top performance, craftsmanship and continual technical upgrade. These key values guide the work of the Abarth designers, engineers and technicians who create the compact supercars with the Scorpion badge which are ready to engage every day on the road and on the racing track alike.   Abarth 124 GT The new special edition which will be introduced in preview at the Geneva Motor Show is displaying two personalities of coupé and roadster packed in an exclusive Alpi Orientali Grey livery. Abarth 124 GT offers a special solution that is light and simple at the same time. The convenience of an easy-to-operate manual soft top is combined with the advantages of a light-weight and safe technical hard top. Interestingly, it is the only one on the market to be entirely made of carbon fibre. In addition to the features that marked the success of the 124 spider, the car packs many exclusive contents, like 17-inch OZ Ultra-Light alloy rims, which are about three kilograms lighter than standard wheels and guarantee improved handling together with a refreshed, sportier design. Furthermore, the mirror caps sport a special gun metal colour which matches the front spoiler. Matte black bonnet treatment is available on demand. This finish is an unmistakable reference to the classic Abarth 124 Rally on which this solution was adopted to prevent the driver from being dazzled by the sun. Carbon fibre rear spoiler and hard top are also available on demand. The mirror caps can be either made of carbon fibre or red. The carbon fibre hard top, lined on the inside, has a large rear window and efficient defroster to clear it in less than three minutes. The hard top weighs just 16 kilograms and contributes to improving the compactness and overall torsional rigidity of the car. It guarantees thermal insulation and soundproofing, while ensuring ample rear view. Importantly, it can be removed and refitted in a few very easy steps. This means being able to switch from open-air thrills to the bold grand-tourer-style, which has always been a key part of the DNA of the Abarth brand, in a few minutes. Both with their unique differences, the two personalities perfectly embody the leading values of the brand of performance, craftsmanship and technical excellence. Not by chance, Abarth 124 was engineered to create a new benchmark paradigm in the sporty roadster segment and boldly does so with cutting-edge engineering solutions, such as weight concentrated within the wheelbase, engine installed behind the front axle, sophisticated mechanics and special materials to achieve a record-breaking weight-to-power ratio. Furthermore, the perfect 50/50 weight distribution in running order ensures excellent feedback and agility. The suspension features high double wishbone suspension on the front and a five-arm multi-link on the rear with calibrated setup specifically designed to increase cornering and braking stability. Finally, Abarth 124 GT fits a powerful, reliable four-cylinder 1.4 litre MultiAir turbo engine. It delivers 170 HP (that is about 124 HP per litre) and 250 Nm of torque. It has a top speed of 232 km/h and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds. It is available with a six-speed manual or automatic Sports Sequential Esseesse gearbox. The first is characterised by quick and accurate shifting, courtesy of a short-stroke direct lever. What is more, since engine sound is a fundamental element of all Abarth cars, standard equipment includes Record Monza exhaust with dual mode system capable of modifying the path of the exhaust gas according to engine rpm and of generating a satisfying, deep roar.   Abarth 695 Rivale Abarth 695 Rivale is the special edition designed in partnership with Riva, the iconic world-famous Italian yacht builder. It is the most sophisticated of all Abarth creations and the perfect blend of elegance and performance. Premium materials and supercar performance is the combination that makes the 695 Rivale unique. Available as hatchback or convertible, like the model on shown in Geneva, the Abarth 695 Rivale stands out for its exclusive livery with two-tone Riva Sera Blue and Shark Grey paintwork and the delightful touch of two aquamarine stripes running around the waist rail, similar to the "beauty line" that appears on yachts. The satin chrome finish on the door handles, the "695 Rivale" badge on the tailgate and rear wings, and the satin chrome moulding on the tailgate, all make this model even more unmistakable, evoking the affinity of style with the side view of the new Riva yachts. All this glamour goes hand-in-hand with the usual strive for top performance through the constant technical upgrading found in every Abarth car. Under the bonnet of the 695 Rivale lurks a 1368 cm3 engine which delivers a peak power of 180 HP and a torque of 250 Nm. The weight-to-power ratio of 695 Rivale is worthy of a real supercar (5.8 kg/HP with a weight of 1045 kg) and the performance is stunning: top speed of 225 km/h and just 6.7 seconds (6.9 seconds with robotised sequential transmission) to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h. The underlying aim of the 695 Rivale is to go beyond the traditional values of Abarth by embracing the unique allure of Riva, to satisfy the demand for thrilling performances combined with luxury-class elegance and refinement. Its style is inspired by the brand-new Riva "56 Rivale" open, one of the most elegant, fastest yachts the Sarnico yard has ever built. Inside, the car welcomes occupants with a warm mahogany dashboard of clear nautical inspiration. Wood - the most natural of materials - meets state-of-the-art technology for a result of absolute excellence, just like on Riva yachts. In addition to the dashboard fascia with maple inlays, the mahogany variant includes a special blue and black leather steering wheel with mahogany hub, blue leather instrument panel upholstery and mahogany gear knob and kick plate. The technical contents are as superlative. The UconnectTM infotainment system with 7-inch HD touchscreen, compatible with Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM, is standard equipment. Every car is complete with a numbered plaque, mounted using the same screws that Riva employs on the Rivale 56 yacht, which can be customised, on demand, with the name of the owner's yacht - an original way to turn the new Abarth 695 Rivale into a high-performance land tender. Last but not least, the Abarth personality is clearly expressed by features such as Akrapovi? exhaust with carbon tailpipes, Brembo brakes with black four-piston fixed callipers at the front, 17-inch Supersport alloy wheels with special glossy grey finish, and Abarth by Koni suspension system with FSD (Frequency-Selective Damping). These unique characteristics make Abarth 695 Rivale an instant classic, absolutely worthy of a place on the elite Abarth Register, which only includes the most exclusive cars with collectable technical or historic features.   Circuit racing, rallying and young drivers in the Abarth 2018 competition season The Abarth racing plans for 2018 focus in two areas, namely in rallies, with an ambitious international schedule involving the FIA R-GT Cup, the European Championship and national series in the various European countries, and in circuit racing, with the Abarth Selenia Trophy and the Italian and German F4 championships. After its impressive debut in 2017, which won the Abarth 124 rally the Italian and Spanish titles in its class, Abarth has decided to aim high, assigning prizes and offering incentives to drivers competing in the top international championships, through the Abarth 124 rally Selenia International Challenge. The largest prizes are for drivers taking part in the FIA R-GT CUP, with the end winner receiving an Abarth 124 rally. Many single race prizes and incentives for participation are also lined up. The prizes for those who compete in their respective national championships within the European Union, competing in the R-GT class, are equally attractive. In 2017, Abarth 124 rally won the R-GT class in the Italian Championships, with Fabrizio Andolfi Jr, and in Spain, with Alvaro Muñiz Mora, demonstrating outstanding reliability and competitiveness in its very first season: Andolfi finished all 10 races he took part in (seven valid for the 124 Rally Selenia Trophy, together with the Rally di Romagna, the Rally San Marino on unpaved roads and the Rallye du Valais), winning his class eight times and achieving very impressive results. Another fine demonstration of the Abarth spider's potential came very recently in the Montecarlo Rallye, where Andrea Nucita and Marco Vozzo recorded an incredible fourth best time overall - amongst the official WRCs - in the event's toughest special test stage, held in extreme conditions with show and ice. Making good use of the electronic engine and traction control commands, the Italian driver showed that difficult conditions bring out the best in this rear-wheel-drive car, helping to make the racing speciality even more spectacular. On the racing circuit, the Abarth Selenia Trophy is being held for the tenth time this year. A real record, considering that the car used ever since the beginning has been the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse, which was joined in 2012 by the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse, further upgraded in 2014 to increase its power to 215 HP, delivering performances of absolute excellence, and genuine thrills for spectators. Drivers can compete in the Abarth Selenia 2018 Trophy in either the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione or the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse, in separate classes. There is a special focus on young drivers from 16 to 18 years of age, who are able to take part in the championship this time, thanks to an agreement with Acisport which helps these budding sportsmen and women to win their racing licences by running special test sessions for them. There will be a specific class for women drivers.The Abarth Selenia Trophy season consists of seven races, two of them abroad. This championship has taken on increasingly international connotations, attracting a large number of foreign drivers. For example, the 2017 season winner was Italian driver Cosimo Barberini, ahead of Juuso Pajuranta from Finland, Joakim Darbom from Sweden and Kuzey Eroldu from Turkey. Given the outstanding success experienced in Italy and Germany over the past seasons, Abarth has decided to support the fourth edition of the F4 Championship in Germany and to reconfirm its involvement in the Italian Championship as sponsor and official engine supplier. The 1.4 Turbo T-Jet engine with 160 HP, derived from the one fitted on the street-legal 595 and used on the Abarth cars competing in the Abarth Trophies, will be equipping all the cars made by the Italian manufacturer Tatuus again this year. Last season, more than 40 very young drivers competed in the German Championship and over 30 in the Italian one. A championship will be held in the Northern European states and another in the Middle East with the same model of car.   The Abarth stand The general public visiting the stand in Geneva will be welcomed by materials picked to describe the character of Abarth. In this edition, the creations with the Scorpion badge will be showcased next to the Fiat models in a way to enhance the distinctive traits of both brands. The environments are adjoining yet cleverly connoted and distinct, without sharp fractures between the two worlds. Rough concrete finish walls and torched metal sheeting on the floor evoke the world of racing, and dynamism is the theme of the entire exhibition area. Worth mentioning is the placement of 695 Rivale over a moving water effect cleverly created by glass covered graphics. Informative leaflets will be distributed and special elements will be placed around the stand, to acquaint the public with the products of FCA Bank, the financial company specialising in the automotive financing sector. 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2nd July 2018

Abarth 124 and Abarth 595 win success in Germany; the Scorpion's design and sporty prowess receive Auto Bild awards

Readers of motoring magazine Auto Bild have proclaimed Abarth best brand for Design in the "Very small car" and "Convertible up to 50,000 Euro" categories. Abarth's design has won over Auto Bild readers, who assigned victory to the Scorpion brand in the Design category in the "Very small car" and "Convertible up to 50,000 Euro" classes in the magazine's "Best brands of 2017/2018" competition. The magazine's readers also showed their appreciation of Abarth's sporty prowess, by placing its sports car models in the top three in the "Sports Car" and "Sports Engines" category. The brand won outstanding first place in the "Convertible up to 50,000 Euro" category with the irresistible Abarth 124 spider, the exclusive automotive expression of the Italian flair for life, with two-layer top which can be opened/closed in a few seconds, from the driving seat, with just one hand. What's more, the range has recently been extended with the Abarth 124 GT special series, featuring a new high-tech, lightweight, safe hardtop which is the only one in the market made completely from carbon fibre. There were also prizes for the Abarth 595C and Abarth 695C convertible versions, both with fabric soft-top. In the "Very small car" category, victory went to the Abarth 595 and Abarth 695 sedans, two models with many city car characteristics but super car performance, both on the road and on the circuit, confirming the brand's key values - unbeatable performance, craftsman-like care over and constant technical updating - which have always guided the work of Abarth designers, engineers and technicians. Held for the seventh time, the competition involved a total of 70,000 participants - including the printed and online editions - who cast their votes on the basis of their purchasing choices in the cars, accessories, parts and services sectors. The cars under consideration included 38 major brands in 14 model classes, from very small cars by way of convertibles through to SUVs.   View all Abarth offers here.

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