From 2001 to 2007, the Stilo was Fiat’s C-segment/compact car model in Europe. Commercially, it underperformed -big time- and struggled against the contemporary competition from Volkswagen, Ford, Opel, Renault and Peugeot.
They have become thin on the ground these days, 14 years after the end of the Stilo’s European production run. So it was a pleasant surprise for sure, catching this little gem with its big, torquey inline-five engine.
Just like its direct competitors, the Stilo was offered as a three- and five-door hatchback and as a wagon. A whole range of gasoline engines (1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 1.8 and 2.4 liter displacement) was on the menu, plus Fiat’s highly praised, common rail injected 1.9 liter turbodiesel.
There’s always plenty of power and torque on tap when driving a Stilo 2.4 20v Abarth; 170 DIN-hp @ 6,000 rpm and 221 Nm~163 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm, respectively. An agitated hot hatch it isn’t.
Apart from the dual exhaust pipes, this Abarth is fully stock, tail light units included. And it’s still in an excellent condition, not a dent or scratch on the whole car.
Initially, the Stilo Abarth was only offered with the Selespeed transmission, a five-speed AMT with paddle shifters. Later on, the five-cylinder engine could also be combined with a five-speed manual.
Inline-five, front-wheel-drive. Audi? Volvo? No, Stilo Abarth is the name. Fiat Stilo Abarth.
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