The Abarth 500 was marketed from July 2008 until the first months of 2015.
This model is equipped with a 4-cylinder supercharged engine already Euro 5 approved, the well-known 1.4 T-Jet (1,368 cm³) 16 valves delivering 135 HP at 5,750 rpm /min with a maximum torque of 206 Nm at 3,000 rpm in "Sport" mode and 180 Nm at 2,000 rpm in "Normal" mode.
The car is also equipped with an electronic system - the "TTC" (Torque Transfer Control) - which uses the same sensors as the ESP (which cannot be excluded) to distribute the drive torque to the front wheel with greater traction when cornering. functioning as a limited slip differential (similar to the Electronic Q2 Alfa Romeo). This system acts directly on the traction control: activating the TTC the "traction control" is partially disabled, which will intervene only if there is a need to distribute the drive torque on the front axle in the most demanding corners, effectively reducing understeer typical of front wheel drive cars. When the
system is disabled, the traction control returns to normal operation, but without the transfer case.
Other new features are the turbo pressure gauge (inserted in an independent panel) and the GSI - Gear Shift Indicator on the first series. The latter signals the best time to change gear to obtain optimal performance (if driving in "Sport" mode) or lower fuel consumption (in "Normal").
The standard equipment is completed by the front sports seats with integrated headrest, sports steering wheel and leather gear knob, 16" alloy wheels with 195/45 tires and the specific braking system (front ventilated discs Ø284 mm x 22, rear Ø240 mm x 11).The sequential automatic gearbox with MTA (Manual Transmission Automated) steering wheel controls is available on request.The performance figures declared by the manufacturer report a top speed of 205 km/h and a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h of 7 .9 seconds (8.1 for the version with MTA electro-actuated gearbox).
With the arrival of the MY2015 model, the Abarth 500 Custom is replaced by the Abarth 595 Custom.