Kevin Mio, from The Gazette is currently test driving our latest Cavallino Launch Edition, CSN 002. Follow the link below to read his first thoughts;
Kevin Mio, from The Gazette is currently test driving our latest Cavallino Launch Edition, CSN 002. Follow the link below to read his first thoughts;
Other items can be selected as well, such as rally stripes, a functional front splitter, a front air dam with a larger opening to increase airflow to the intercooler, LED daytime running lights, interior ambiance lighting as well as custom floor mats and door sill plates.
For now, there are no mechanical changes to the car, which means the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cavallino retains the stock 160-hp, 1.4L turbo four, five-speed manual and sport-tuned suspension.
Cavallino Cars is a division of Advanced Composite Specialties (ACS), a Montreal-based company that provides composite components to manufacturers and sells aftermarket hoods for a variety of vehicles. ACS notably supplied the hood for the famed Ford GT supercar sold in 2005 and 2006.
The 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cavallino’s debut was held at Desmeules Fiat in Laval, Quebec, the first dealer in North America authorized to sell Cavallino Cars’ creations. At the event, Chrysler Canada took the opportunity to recognize the dealer as the #1 Fiat Studio in Canada. Led by President and General Manager Eric Corso, Desmeules Fiat’s staff sold more 500s than any other dealer across the country.
In fact, during the festivities, they even sold the very first Fiat 500 Abarth Cavallino Launch Edition, number 001, as a guest quickly snapped it up with a deposit. Only 100 copies of the Launch Edition will be produced and sold across North America.
While specific pricing has not been sorted out yet, the Cavallino package will add about 10% to the price of the 500 Abarth hatchback. So figure about $2,500 to $3,000 CDN. Cavallino Cars will also be offering various aerodynamic and cosmetic components to existing Fiat 500 owners.
NEW CAVALLINO FIAT 500 ABARTH,
LAUNCH EDITION CELEBRATES ITS DEBUT AT DESMEULES FIAT.
Montreal, Canada. – ACS announces the release of its new, exclusive Cavallino Cars specialty vehicle line, a uniquely styled package designed for FIAT’s track-oriented performance coupe or convertible, The Fiat 500 ABARTH.
It is the company’s first special edition crate package and is now available at Canada’s top volume FIAT Store,Desmeules Fiat. The official Serial number 001 (one) car has been built and will be presented by Desmeules FIAT on April 18th, 2013 during the “Lovers of Italian Design”. Desmeules is dedicated to offering its customers high performance, exclusivity and a dynamics ownership experience. To celebrate Italian Design, Desmeules worked in conjunction with Cavallino Cars to introduce the CAVALLINO Launch Edition, a Limited Edition series with only 100 cars to be built and offered through a network of Exclusive Cavallino Fiat dealers across North America.
The ABARTH is already an exceptional performing car. The Cavallino Fiat 500 ABARTH Launch Edition offers a great package that delivers style, exclusivity and enhanced aerodynamics to an already excellent track-capable car.
The car’s visual elements are inspired by Europe’s Road Racing Clubs while respecting the heritage the brand already delivers.
Unique features of the Cavallino include:
• Painted Satin Black Hood Port Extractor to relieve heat and under hood pressure at high speeds.
• Painted Satin Black Intake Naca Duct Hood Port, allowing cold air rush to the engine compartment thus contributing to lower the engine’s operating temperatures.
• Functional Racing Rear Composite Spoiler with CNC aluminum mounts with color contrasting side blades.
• Cavallino Side and Rear Badging.
• Authenticity Sequentially Numbered Dash plaque and Authenticity Certificate.
Core elements of the ABARTH’s track-capable driving dynamics remain unaltered with the Cavallino upgrade. Along with a tuned suspension and upgraded brakes the ABARTH boasts of a turbo-charged motor with nearly 60 percent more power than a standard 500.
The ABARTH is engineered with a completely retuned suspension with front and rear springs stiffer by 40 and 20 percent, respectively. Ride height is lowered by 0.7 inches and Koni shocks are installed upfront. The front brakes are an inch in diameter to 11.1 inches total. The result is a well balanced fun to drive Italian Bred Coupe.
Cavallino’s Optional content available are:
• Dual Rally Stripes streaking over the hood, roof and rear hatch.
• Functional Front Splitter to enhance down force and improve frontal airflow. (Available Late 2013)
• Front Air Dam port to replace the central grill with a larger opening to help the intercooler breathe more efficiently embracing a pair of high power LED day time running lights. (Available Late 2013)
• Interior courtesy light package, including foot well, door, and rear cargo lighting.
• Custom front and rear Cavallino Floor Mats along with Custom Cavallino Door Sills.
Cavallino Cars is a new FIAT 500 Performance Tuning Group and a new division of Advanced Composite Specialties (ACS). ACS is an OEM validated panel manufacturer and specialty parts builder. Passion, Beauty and Performance are three words that have driven the Cavallino Program. ACS is presenting a new line of products tailored to match the FIAT 500 owner, a brand that will be recognized as the home of the Fiat 500 Enthusiast.
For more information, visit http://www.cavallinocars.com, contact Cavallino Cars at 1700 Claire Crescent, Montreal, Quebec, H8S1A2 or call 514-828-5008
ACS Composite and it’s FIAT tuning group, Cavallino Cars is extremely proud and honoured to be associated with our partners for Montreal’s “Lovers of Italian Design” Gala, hosted by Desmeules Fiat Laval.
It is the company’s first special edition crate package and is already available at Canada’s top volume FIAT Store, Desmeules Fiat. The official Serial number 001 (one) car has been built and will be presented to Desmeules FIAT on April 18th, 2013 during the “Lovers of Italian Design Show”. Desmeules is dedicated to offering its customers high performance, exclusivity and a dynamics ownership experience. To celebrate Italian Design Desmeules worked in conjunction with Cavallino Cars to introduce the CAVALLINO Launch Edition, a Limited Edition series with only 100 cars to be built and offered through a network of Exclusive Cavallino Fiat dealers throughout North America.
Montreal – Lovers of Italian Design Partners:
The evening will be highlighted by three important events:
1) North American launch of the Fiat Abarth Cavallino.
2) Homage to an important Italian-Canadian sculptor, Mr. Egidio Vincelli.
3) Official launch of the “Lovers of Italian Design” Facebook Page.
Our guest of Honour will be Mr. Enrico Padula, Consul General of Italy.
We are pleased to confirm that the designers of this specialty vehicle will be in attendance to officially reveal the “Cavallino”.
The décor will be of the Coliseum with Roman statues and many more surprises.
Marco Romanelli – from Vinitor Wines, will be hosting wine taste testing from his private importation in the Desmeules Fiat Studio.
If you have a chance – visit the “Montreal Lovers of Italian Design” Facebook page and “LIKE” to be part of this new virtual portal.
Website (English): www.bravofiat.com/
Website (French): www.bravofiat.com/fr/
Video (English): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkRc9JZdy4c
Video (French): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipreKtV_TtA
Written by Richie Durso
As some of you may know i was chosen as one of 50 special selected Camaro enthusiast to take part in press day at the New York Auto show. First off i want to Thank Al,Scott and Team Camaro for inviting me to this event, it was truly a honor to be there and i will never forget it for the rest of my life.
Soo where were you on 3/27/13?? I was sitting at the end of the end of the 3rd row in the chevy display were all the press were sitting. I was 1 row away from Ed welburn, Mark Reuss and many other eginners and designers…..I thought i just was going to see the 2014 camaro redesgin and some other chevorlet products but i was wrong….it started with this lady coming around and giving earplugs out…i said to myself they are probobly going to rev the engines and dont want your ear drums to go dead…..they actually gave them out because at live reveals the noise of the speakers blasting all the sounds of the chevorlet video clips is soo loud. We watched mark talk about chevorlet and they brought out the SS seadan and then the corvette vert then the 2014 camaro i figured thats it….then mark says the words i will never forget “we have something very special to show you” I take a gulp of air and immediately smell fuel and have goose bumps. We watch the clip of the white camaro reving then the image of Z/28 comes up, they roll the car out and the crowd goes wild (see video) It was great and the car looked fantastic……he then invites us to come on stage and look at the car and get some pics…i sprinted to the stage (almost got trampled) and took 400pics of the Z28 i had a great spot right up front with cameras and people surrounding me. Soo enfough about me lets talk about the car.
First i would like to say when i saw pics of the rear and front i hated it. I can now proudly say after seeing the car in person it looks fantastic and very aggresive. The lights are leds in the rear they did change the headlights and that color as shown on the Z/28 will not make it to production as of now…..also the color on the 2014 camaro ss model is new and looks killer in person! I then sat in the long anticipated recaro seats and man were they comfortable, they wraped around your body soo well you can not move around when going into a corner at 150mph……now the best part under the hood a LS7 that sounds awesome and is very powerful the engine bay looks very neat and clean and everything flows well. The exterior of the car is my favorite part with a new front splitter and a larger rear spoiler that puts alot of downforce when you are on the track or even on the highway. Now to the SS coupe the one thing that i love the most is the new Rs headlights….you might not be able to tell but they put the word CAMARO inside the turn signal section of the headlight. I also love the new tailights they are bright and will be very recognizable when you pull up behind the new camaro. One thing that cought my eye when i was talking to scott i looked under the car and they painted the exaust cans black and they blend into the car much better now.
After the show Team camaro invited us to dinner and i got to sit with Mark dickens and Lerick Chissus 2 very important eginners at gm that are on team camaro i got a wealth of information about the Z/28 and other stuff. Mark said he drove one of the first Z28′s and he said it handles great and there is plenty of power….I hope eveyone enjoyed the surprise yesterday! Here are some pics
- the matte white will not make it to production
- the z/28 will be more expensive than a zl1
- very limited production
- V6 cars will not have the air extractor
- Recarro seats will be an option on ss and zl1 Not sure about v6
- v6 cars will have there own uniqe fascia
- the painted mufflers might not make it to production (camaro5 tell gm you want it and they will deliver)
- 1le will carry over to the 2014 model year as well as Zl1
- ALL export camaros will have the same taillights and headlights as the usa camaros (mirrors will be diffrent to meet rules across the pond)
As we wait for the 2014 Camaro Reveal at the 2013 NY Auto Show next week – at 12:45pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, March 27. We decided to have some fun and draw up a concept of our own…. Let us know what you think…
You can count on ACS to jump on board and begin developing performance body components on an already awesome car !
It’s not every day you witness the birth of a new car company, today is the first time the world hears of VUHL . A new car company to launch its road legal supercar; the 05. Inauguration will be hosted at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, UK July 11- 14 2013.
VUHL (which is pronounced ‘vool’ and stands for Vehicles of Ultra-lightweight and High-performance) is designed to be the ultimate track car you can drive from home! ACS Composite based in Montreal, Canada, is proud to be VUHL main body panel manufacturer and is thrilled to be involved in the supercar. If you won’t be able to attend the festival be sure to keep your eyes open for news update as VUHL makes its debut.
About ACS: Advanced Composite Specialties Inc. (ACS) is an OEM composite supplier offering Automotive Component solutions. ACS has proven its mark in the automotive industry by converting and upgrading previous hand lay up projects into a high quality RTM product. By doing so it has enabled its customers to increase their product output, reduce their reject rate and increase profitability. ACS assists its customers in product development, design, engineering, manufacturing, tooling design and fabrication.
VUHL – remember the name. It is that of a highly specialist vehicle manufacturer that’s about to sprint from the shadows. The company’s first product, the VUHL 05, is a road-legal lightweight supercar that’s been precision-engineered for the track and endowed with exhilarating performance. It will be launched at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, UK, July 11-14 and bring a breath of fresh air to the premium track-day sector.
While VUHL has been a well preserved secret (until now), its inventory of renowned suppliers and development partners reads like an international who’s who of the performance car industry, and includes: Magna Steyr, Multimatic, Ford and more. Embodying the ultimate in automotive technology from around the world, the newcomer’s handling was optimised in the UK, while its bodies will be fabricated in Canada, and the chassis production and final assembly conducted by the advanced manufacturing concern Adman Leku in Mexico City. VUHL’s European arm is headquartered in Luxembourg.
VUHL (the name is pronounced ‘vool’ and stands for ‘Vehicles of Ultra- lightweight and High-performance) is the brainchild of brothers Iker and Guillermo Echeverria, whose Mexican/American design agency, Etxe, penned the breath-taking 05. Their profound passion for all things automotive grew from a hands-on role in the GT and formula racing cars successfully built and campaigned over a 30-year period by their father, Guillermo Echeverria senior. The company’s blue-chip backers include private investors and the Mexican Government.
Said Iker: “We intend VUHL products to be renowned for their effective simplicity and aesthetics guided by a purity of function. The 05 and its successors will also be notable for uncompromising build quality, rigorous attention to detail and a driving experience par excellence.”
Further details of the exciting VUHL 05 will be released very soon – see http://www.VUHL05.com for regular updates.