While the three-door Fiat Stilo is starting to establish itself on the SA market, the Abarth 2.4 brings new levels of standard equipment and most importantly performance to the Stilo range.
Tthe Stilo Abarth features the first five-cylinder power plant in the premium hatch market. This 2 446 cm3 power unit packs 125kW at 6 000 r/min and maximum torque of 221Nm at 3 500 r/min.
The five-cylinder engine features twin overhead cams and four valves per cylinder.
The power unit enjoys excellent flexibility thanks to a variable inlet manifold controlled by an electronic management system that also improves responsiveness, and makes it one of the most fuel-efficient cars in its class, returning a combined consumption figure of 9,7 litres/100km.
The 20-valve engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and does10-100 km/h in 8.5 seconds , with a top speed of 215km/h.
The standard specification is high, and the car gets front cup holders, refrigerated glove compartment, front arm rest with oddments compartment, follow-me-home headlights, drivers seat lumbar adjustment electric power steering with the city function, radio with CD front loader and radio controls on the steering wheel as well as cruise control.
Customers can also choose park distance control, leather interior and Easy Go keyless entry as options.
To keep the Stilo's performance on the road the suspension is based around McPherson struts at the front with newly designed coil springs and lower wishbones.
There's also a semi-independent torsion beam rear axle that offers compact packaging while delivering good comfort and handling.
Brakes are ventilated discs at the front, solid discs at the rear with BOSCH 5.7 ABS as standard.
The advanced system features four active sensors, four channels and contains an electronic brakeforce distributor (EBD). The Fiat Stilo Abarth is fitted as standard with an emergency Brake Assist device and an Electronic Stability Program (ESP).
In addition to ESP, the Stilo Abarth is also fitted with ASR (Anti Slip Regulation).
ASR works at any speed and prevents the drive wheels from slipping by adjusting torque according to the grip coefficient detected at the time of slip. A switch on the dashboard can switch off the system.
The MSR (Motor Schleppmoment Regelung) cuts in when the gear is shifted down abruptly under conditions of low grip. This device restores torque to the engine to prevent the wheel skidding as a result of lock.
On the safety front dual front, side and window airbags are standard on the Abarth 2.4.
A Fiat CODE II immobiliser that changes the access code each time the Stilo Abarth is started maintains security.
Selective central locking by remote is also standard and the doors lock automatically at speeds above 20km/h.
If the doors are not opened within 30 seconds of being unlocked by remote, they will lock again automatically.
The Fiat Stilo is easy to customize with the MY CAR configuration. All operations can be carried out via the panel to the left of the steering wheel and a button on top of the right steering wheel stalk.
Abarth and Fiat have an illustrious performance heritage dating back to 1955 when the tuning wizard, Carlo Abarth modified his first Fiat 600.
Fiat Auto was so taken by the Austrian's genius they bought his company in 1971. Abarth cars would go on to win six Manufacturer's World Championships including three World Rally titles with the Fiat Abarth 131 Rally.
Fiat Auto South Africa offers Stilo Abarthowners a 36-month/100 000 km dealer warranty, three years on paintwork and five years on anti-perforation.
The new models are covered by the AA Fleetcare roadside assistance for 12 months, and services are required at 20 000 km.
Price: R199 700
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