The price for the new Abarth 500C convertible sports vehicle with the manual gearbox has been set at £16,856 OTR, which is approximately £1,000 cheaper than the current model with ‘Competizione’ paddle-shift transmission. This vehicle is the latest variant in the well-established Abarth range, which was launched in July 2008 in the United Kingdom.
The brand continues to find new fans from enthusiast drivers who want to express themselves through their choice of vehicle.
To keep to its philosophy of “Making the Ordinary Extraordinary”, Abarth has brought the convertible model and added the option of a five-speed manual transmission for individuals who do not want the “Competizione” box.
The standard features of the new vehicles include the third brake light incorporated into the spoiler and a stylish electric hood with glass rear window. The vehicle also has alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, Blue&Me hands-free telecommunications system, parking sensors, TTC (torque transfer control), xenon headlights, and seven airbags.
A range of options is also available including colored Abarth side stripes and mirrors, red brake calipers, bi-color paint, leather sports interior, and automatic climate control.
Providing evidence that the 500C is a real Abarth is the 135bhp 1.4 16v Turbo T-Jet engine, which enables the vehicle to reach a top speed of 128mph and a 0-62mph time of 7.9 seconds. However, the frugal unit has a CO2 figure of 155 g/km and returns 43.5mpg fuel economy on the combined cycle.