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Old 22-09-2011   #1
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Bravo Abarth Conversion.

I always thought that the Bravo is such a beautiful car and would look amazing in Abarth livery. So I set out on this project which I have really enjoyed doing. I also really love the hidden exhausts rather than the twin pipes on the back also which is why I have no plans to change the back end of the box. Currently Running at a "restricted" 175BHP and 209ft/lb of torque, it currently has more torque than the 695 Tribute 500!

So i've slowly been doing work to my Bravo over the last 1.5years! Thought it was finally time to post up whats been done and get some opinions! Won't be for everyone but welcome all opinions!

So I started with my 150 T-Jet below (as standard)



So my first modification was Hid's which were 4300k's:


Then I got my GSR installed and remapped:



I have some restrictive problems with my Cat on the exhaust, which is backing up my exhaust so my power is flat-lining higher up. This will be sorted in the next couple of months. It's plenty fast enough at the moment.

Next I got my Abarth badges and Alloy wheels for my car:





Afterwards I made a new Abarth Key in the new style:


And I got a new engine cover and set of car mats to go with it:


And finally, replaced my steering wheel with a new one from a 500 Abarth:


When I finally get my new Exhaust parts I can also fit my Esseesse boost sensors to regulate the boost better too:



So with that completed so far, some further modifications include:
-New downpipe with sport cat from TMC and Esseesse boost sensors
-Grande Punto Abarth Seats
-Maybe some new Springs and Dampeners
-New Brakes/Tyres

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Re: Bravo Abarth Conversion

how much did the steering wheel set you back? and where did you get the front and rear badges from? cheers
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Re: Bravo Abarth Conversion

I was expecting an engine conversion to the abarth 1.4 16v!

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I was expecting an engine conversion to the abarth 1.4 16v!

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Re: Bravo Abarth Conversion

Needs a tailgate spoiler and lose the mud flaps otherwise great
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I think your choice on the hidden exhaust isn't very Abarth. I meant that's how Abarth was started, tuning exhausts. So hiding it doesn't the sound right thing to do
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Re: Bravo Abarth Conversion

i think it looks great mate! ,i really like the bravo, and i think they should have made a boneified sports version - maybe even "abarthed" it?, especially as it has more or less the same engine as the abarth punto which is gotta be good for , what, 180bhp? i agree with an above statement about the boot spoiler.... they allways finish a car off nicely

how difficult (or easy?) was the punto steering wheel to adapt?
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Re: Bravo Abarth Conversion

As Rob said it has the same engine and turbo that is the the Abarth already!

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Needs a tailgate spoiler and lose the mud flaps otherwise great
I was thinking the same about getting the tailgate spoiler Rob but I wasn't too sure. I still am thinking about it though. need to find one at a sensible price too! Fiat things are NOT cheap

The steering wheel has taken months for the right parts to come up, if you buy it whole it costs a FORTUNE! cost me about £250 in total (£160 was for the airbag alone!) Front and rear badges I got from a German website, I'll have to see if I can find it again.

GYoung87, I do see you point about the exhausts, but the curves on the bravo back end are so nice and I think visible exhaust might make it look uneven and spoil it abit. This may change in the future and thanks for the input!

Also on a side note, just got my engine cover on

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i think it looks great mate! ,i really like the bravo, and i think they should have made a boneified sports version - maybe even "abarthed" it?, especially as it has more or less the same engine as the abarth punto which is gotta be good for , what, 180bhp? i agree with an above statement about the boot spoiler.... they allways finish a car off nicely

how difficult (or easy?) was the punto steering wheel to adapt?
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Steering wheel went straight on, no modification required, and its a 500 steering wheel not a GP one! it is very similar in power current Abarth's and seems to be able to get a loada torque for a petrol engine.
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Re: Bravo Abarth Conversion

Try to find a sport rear bumper as it looks more sporty with the diffuser style
Likewise get a sport tailgate with the spoiler

You are planning an better exhaust anyway so you want to show it
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Try to find a sport rear bumper as it looks more sporty with the diffuser style
Likewise get a sport tailgate with the spoiler

You are planning an better exhaust anyway so you want to show it
I've got the other type of dffuser in my garage hanging up need the exhaust to go with it! It just swaps over by unclipping the bottom.!
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Re: Bravo Abarth Conversion

really nice car, you should be proud, i agree with the comments about getting an exhaust on show, not only will it sound better it will give you the look your going for. I would sugest a custom built one to your taste tho. not a sportex or somthing like that

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Don't me wrong I love the car. I was just voicing my opinion.
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Re: Bravo Abarth Conversion

Got any rear 3/4 pics to show the Abarth lightning bolt logos better?

Also have you considered red mirrors and or red side stripes like

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