Fiat 500 Abarth esseesse and Mini John Cooper Works

Austrian Alpine passes are the right play areas for the two potent small car Fiat 500 Abarth esseesse and Mini John Cooper Works

Old recipes do not have to be the worst. For example, there hardly better Wiener Schnitzel with potato salad as the meals prepared according to the old Austrian cookbook my grandmother. Sometimes this is also true for cars. A well known and popular procedure, it is about to transplant the strongest available engine in the smallest possible model.

Following this recipe, Fiat, 500 Abarth esseesse and Mini John Cooper Works composed. A historically legitimate endeavor, finally, there was already in the 60s Fiat 500 Abarth and Mini Cooper, which provided with powerful engines and agile handling sensation on Rennund rally tracks.

FIAT 500 WITH 160 HP
Which then naturally powerful engines were not particularly strong. A Fiat Abarth 595 SS came about at around 30 HP, the Mini Cooper filed in 1964 fully 70 hp to win the Monte Carlo Rally. Today one course heavy artillery should open. The Fiat 500 Abarth is already making 135 hp, the esseesse package sets again 25 horses after. A 500 with 160 hp so - not bad. 211 hp of the Mini with the equally cryptic name John Cooper Works. Externally, it differs from the braveren mini models mainly by the bold 17-inch model and an equally dickrohrigen what are dual exhaust.

When energized by the way, in the case of our test car frequently zeist mature suspicion of Poli. This stopped the Mini like to ask for approval for the exhaust system. (No, sergeant, all original and standard.) He has, with the outward differences between a regular 500 Abarth esseesse and limited to the 17-inch model and lowered by 15 millimeters suspension.

The roof spoiler and wide rocker panels already belong to the normal Abarth equipment. Fear of large numbers, as much may be said here, you should not have as Abarth or John Cooper Works- interested anyway. With Grundpreisenvon 20600 (Fiat) and 28,700 euros (Mini) both do not count as friends. And in the case of the 500 added still around 300 euros for the installation of the kit from the merchants, because the biggest Fiat 500 can not buy off the shelf easy. First it is necessary to acquire a 500 Abarth, then you buy the esseesse package it and let it install the merchants.

For that money you get a Cooper running 238 km / h and sprints in 6.5 seconds to 100 km / h. The 51 PS weaker and barely lighter Fiat can only slightly worse: 211 km / h and 7.4 seconds. Here, the factory specifications for sprint and top speed is not even half the story. For as much fun making the two potent little ones curvy roller coaster ride really is hard to describe only with numbers.

Particularly in the small British evaporate all doubts once you have given once neat gas. The 1.6-liter turbo engine blows off like the fire department, the small torque hole in the lower speed range is flown through quickly. The steering wheel twitches it slightly back and forth, the Mini will be made strictly on the curb. But the John Cooper Works is a mini primarily. I mean, it sucks something with the same shortcomings that also bothered by his civilian counterparts: the grotesquely large central speedometer, the tiny rocker switches and the inconvenience of knobs for the air conditioning.

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However, once the first curve shows up, that's forgotten. Braking, switch back, back down, back on the gas - the mini fires on the next line. he is clearly tuned very firm, but on this turf does not bother. Even a touch harder it is anyway in the Fiat. Lowering has apparently stolen the little Italian the last residual spring travel. Even the smallest imperfections make him easy hopping off the track.

Since it does not help much that the electric power steering is not a model of feedback. Nevertheless, it is impossible for the John Cooper Works to shake him off - even if the Fiat almost a second longer need to 100 km / h. To fl ink, the Abarth around the bends can throw. he knows traction problems due to electronic differential lock, incidentally, just as the Cooper, who also has a lock.

Morning at half past seven Mini and Fiat have given way to the pass itself. Back and forth once over the Timmelsjoch costs at toll booths 17 euros per car, a cheaper fun. Above, at 2474 meters, Italy begins. The two small rush through the serpentine downward direction Alto. The Fiat is yet to advantage.

He has better seats with more lateral support, is easier to conduct the tight corners, and down the power deficit is even less significant. 30 kilometers later and 1,800 feet below there ever a cappuccino for the driver and a brake cooling period for the cars. The Fiat she needed more than the Mini, the brake system is a little more durable.

The way back then no longer making quite as much fun. To late morning hours Tourist minivans, RVs, motorcycles and bicycles populate the mountain pass north towards Oetztal. But in the two Knallerbsen it can also be I treffl stroll. In Austria is now soon time for a steak. With potato salad.
Heinrich Lingner


Technical specifications
cylinder4-cylinder, 4-valve
kW / hp
1 / min

6000 U / min
Max. Torque. (Nm)
at 1 / min
1850 U / min
power transmission 
landing gear 
brakesv: Disks
h: slices
tiresv: 205/45 R 17
h: 205/45 R 17
Weight (kg) 
Curb weight (factory)1130
Acceleration / intermediate sprint 
0-100 km / h (s)6.5
Top speed (km / h)238
test consumption6.9l / 100km (Super Plus)
EU consumptionK. A.
reachK. A.
Exhaust emissions 
Carbon dioxide CO2 (g / km)K. A.