Abarth – Everything You Need To Know

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This article will cover everything you need to know about Abarth, from important dates, locations, and even current and discontinued models.

So here is everything you need to know about Abarth:

Abarth 124 Spider cruising next to a Italian Riviera
Abarth 124 Spider

Who Was The Founder Of Abarth?

Abarth was founded in 1949 by Carlo Abarth in Italy.

What Does Abarth Specialize in?

Abarth specializes in producing racing and modified street cars.

In the early years (1949 to 1970), Abarth produced its own vehicles, and only a handful of other manufacturers’ cars in a sportier trim, like the Fiat 500, were altered to make the Abarth 595 and 695.

Here is a video of a Historic Abarth track day, and you get to experience how it is to drive an Abarth 695 on the limits:

Fiat Abarth 695 Esse Esse Onboard

Where Is the Abarth Headquarters Location?

The headquarters of Abarth is in Turin, Italy.

Turin was the first Italian capital city from 1861 to 1865 and is surrounded by the magnificent Alpine arch and Superga Hills. 

Turin is located on the North-Western side of Italy, close to the border of France.

Who Owns Abarth?

Abarth is since 1971 part of Fiat, and in 2007, the ownership moved over to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which is now known as Stellantis Italy.

Abarth still does off-brand modified vehicles, as shown by the 2017 Yamaha XSR900 Abarth motorcycle.

Sales and Revenue

Annual Sales Figures Of Abarth

The total sales Abarth had during 2022 was 10,400 vehicles sold worldwide, which does sound very little but keep in mind these cars are focused on the people who enjoy sportier driving.

Abarth’s Latest Revenue Figures

Abarth made US$ 247,200,000 in the fiscal year of 2022.

How Many Employees Does Abarth Have?

According to their Linkedin account, Abarth has 51 to 200 employees as of 2023, over 100 less than employed in the early 1950s when it was 375.

2008 Abarth 500 Assetto Corse track toy in a hanger with a red checkered door
2008 Abarth 500 Assetto Corse

Who Is The Current CEO Of Abarth?

Olivier François is the current CEO of Abarth and Fiat.

He is also the global chief marketing officer of Stellantis and also part of the Executive Council.

He was born in Paris and is passionate about music, poetry, and photography.

He was first managing director at Citroen Denmark in 1999 and later, in 2001, managing director of Citroen Italy.

In 2005 he wanted a challenge and became the CEO of Lanica Automobiles, and in 2009, when Fiat Group took a 20% stake in Chrysler, he was appointed president and CEO of the Chrysler brand.

As of 2011, he became FCA’s Chief Marketing Officer, now Stellantis.


Current Abarth Models

  • Abarth 595
  • Abarth 695
  • Abarth 500e Scorpionissima

Discontinued Abarth Models

Abarth 1500 Biposto Coupe1952
Abarth 207A Spyder1954-1956
Abarth 208A Spyder1955
Abarth 209A Coupe1955
Abarth Fiat 210A Spyder1955-1956
Abarth Fiat 6001955-1970
Abarth Fiat 215A Coupe1956
Abarth Fiat 216A Spyder1956
Abarth 750 Spider Boano1956
Abarth Fiat 500 Typ 110-1201957-1971
Abarth Alfa Romeo Derivazione1958-1959
Abarth Allemano Spider 7501958-1959
Abarth Rekord Monza1958-1966
Abarth Sestriere1959-1961
Abarth Coupe-Cabriolet 2200-24001959-1962
Abarth Allemano Coupe-Spider 8501960-1961
Porsche 356 B Carrera GTL Abarth1960-1961
Abarth Allemano Coupe-Spider 16001960-1962
Abarth Monomille1961-1965
Abarth Simca 1300-20001962-1965
Fiat-Abarth 10001962-1970
Abarth Simca 10001963-1965
Abarth 2000 Ghia Coupe1964
Abarth Fiat 8501964-1966
Abarth 1000 OTR Bertone Coupe1965
Abarth 1000 Pininfarina Coupe1965
Abarth 1000 Pininfarina Spider1965
Abarth Fiat 850 Spider1965-1969
Abarth Fiat 8501965-1970
Abarth OT Coupe1966-1967
Abarth OT Spider1966-1967
Abarth 1000 SP1967-1970
Abarth 2000 Tubolare1967-1968
Abarth 2000 Pininfarina Coupe1969
Abarth 3000 Racing Car1969-1971
Abarth Scorpione1969-1971
Autobianchi A112 Abarth1971-1984
Abarth Fiat 124 Rally1972-1975
Abarth Fiat 131 Rally1976-1980
Lancia 0371982-1986
Abarth 500 Opening Edition2008
Abarth 500 Assetto Corse2008
Abarth Zerocento2009
Abarth 500 SpeedGrey2009
Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari2010
Abarth Punto Scorpione2011
Abarth 500 Cabrio Italia2011
Abarth 695 Competizione2011
Abarth 5952012
Abarth 695 Maserati Edition2012
Abarth 595 50th Anniversary2013
Abarth 695 Biposto Record2015
Abarth 124 Spider2016
Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha LTD Edition2017
Abarth 695 Rivale 175 Anniversary2017
Abarth 695 70th Anniversario2019
Abarth 595 Monster Energy Yamaha2020
Abarth 595 Scorpioneoro2020
Abarth 695 Esseese2021

Abarth In Motorsport

The name Abarth has been in motorsport since its existence in 1949.

From Formula 2 racing in the early ’50s to help out brands like Lancia and Porsche to build some of the most renowned racing cars in history.

From 2007 to 2010, Abarth competed in the WRC (World Rally Championship) in the S2000 class with their Fiat Grande Punto Abarth S2000 Rally Car.

They only stayed on the podium for two years, from 2007 to 2008, finishing 2nd overall.

In 2017 Abarth set out to compete in the FIA R-GT Cup with the Abarth 124 Spider but couldn’t get win over the Porsche 997 GT3.

From 2018 to 2020, the Abarth 124 dominated the FIA R-GT Cup, winning it three years in a row.

2009 Abarth Grande Punto Essseese in white and red with a forest backdrop
2009 Abarth Grande Punto Esseese

Final Thoughts On Abarth

Not many in-house tuners still exist in big car brands, so it is nice to see Abarth is still going strong under the leadership of Stellantis and let’s hope for many years of fast Fiats in the future.

Hopefully, you found the article interesting, and now you know everything about Abarth.


Are Abarth And Fiat The Same?

No, while Abarth might use mostly Fiat cars as a base, the cars leaving Abarth’s factory are almost entirely new.
Stellantis Italy owns both Fiat and Abarth, but Abarth is entirely operated on its own, and that is why not all Fiat models received Abarth versions.
Everything on the Abarth models is changed except the body of the vehicle, but even the suspension and engines are reworked to cater to the race and sports car market.

Is Abarth Made By Ferrari?

No, Abarth and Ferrari might have the same parent company, Fiat, but other than that, they are two different entities.
You did, however, get an Abarth 696 Tributo Ferrari edition in 2010 with many Ferrari interior bits and badges. 

Is The Fiat 500 Abarth Fast?

Yes, with a curb weight of nearly 2,200lb (998kg) and some models producing 197HP (147kW) out of its tiny 1.4-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine.
It can rocket to 60 MPH in just under 7 seconds and a top speed of over 127 MPH (204 KPH).
In the boutique hot hatch segment with competition like the Mini Cooper and Suzuki Swift Sport, the Abarth 500 is a little monster not to be reckoned with.