2012 FIAT 500 Abarth Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2012 FIAT 500 - Road Test Specs

2012 FIAT 500 Abarth

(1.4L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)


Year Make Model2012 Fiat 500 Abarth 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Vehicle TypeFWD 2dr 4-passenger coupe
Base MSRP$22,700
Options on test vehicleBianco, 17-by-7-Inch Forged Aluminum Gloss White Wheels ($1,000 -- includes 17-by-7-inch forged aluminum gloss white wheels with 205/45R17XL black sidewall three-season tires); Red Over Black Leather Interior ($1,000); Power Sunroof ($850); Safety & Convenience Package ($600 -- includes SiriusXM satellite radio with 1 year of included service, single-zone automatic climate control with micron filter, remote anti-theft alarm system); TomTom Navigation With Blue&Me ($400 -- includes TomTom 4.3-inch touchscreen portable navigation system unit that docks on top of the instrument panel and is integrated into the vehicle with controllability of the system through the vehicle's steering-wheel-mounted controls); Red Mirror Cap/Body Side Stripe ($350).
As-tested MSRP$26,900
Assembly locationToluca, Mexico


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4, turbocharged
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,368/83
Block/head materialIron/aluminum
ValvetrainSOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing and lift
Compression ratio (x:1)9.8
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)160 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)170 @ 2,500
Fuel typePremium unleaded (recommended)
Transmission typeFive-speed manual
Transmission ratios (x:1)I=3.909, II=2.238, III=1.520, IV=1.156, V=0.872
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.35
Differential(s)Brake-lock differential (Torque Transfer Control)


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, Koni dual-valve frequency selective dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent twist beam-axle, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.1
Tire make and modelPirelli P Zero Nero
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, front205/40R17
Tire size, rear205/40R17
Wheel size17-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front11.1-inch one-piece ventilated steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear9.4-inch one-piece solid steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.6
0-45 mph (sec.)4.6
0-60 mph (sec.)7.1
0-75 mph (sec.)10.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.3 @ 88.8
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.7
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.3
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.1
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)9.5
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)12.8
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)16.7
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)84.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)123
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)68.8
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON66.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.87
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.85
Sound level @ idle (dB)48.5
@ Full throttle (dB)80.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)71.2
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)3,000

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsEasily blows off the tires leaving the line. Shifter feels indirect and sloppy in daily use but slots right into gear on the track. Engine is done making useful power by 6,000 rpm.
Braking commentsNot a picture of stability any time --especially during full-ABS stops. Wanders and squirms and pedal loses its edge after a few stops. Long stopping distance, too.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Won't balance on the throttle here like it will at higher speeds on the track. There's understeer -- more or less, depending on speed -- but nothing will make this car rotate on the skid pad. Slalom: Likes to be manhandled here. The harder I drove the quicker it went. Being smooth seems less important than being aggressive. Doesn't like mid-corner bumps.

Testing Conditions

Test date3/6/2012
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)57.4
Relative humidity (%)60.3
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.7
Wind (mph, direction)8.5 to 12 mph, headwind
Odometer (mi.)1,876
Fuel used for test91 octane
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)38/32

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)28/34/31
Edmunds observed (mpg)22.4
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)10.5

Audio and Advanced Technology

iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard
Satellite radioOptional
Bluetooth phone connectivityOptional
Navigation systemOptional

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,533
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,587
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)64/36
Length (in.)144.4
Width (in.)64.1
Height (in.)58.7
Wheelbase (in.)90.6
Track, front (in.)55.4
Track, rear (in.)55.0
Turning circle (ft.)37.6
Legroom, front (in.)40.7
Legroom, rear (in.)31.7
Headroom, front (in.)38.9
Headroom, rear (in.)35.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)49.4
Shoulder room, rear (in.)46.4
Seating capacity4


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion4 years/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles

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