Melanie Sykes gets her new Abarth 500c

Article by Andrew Christian, on March 25, 2014

The new presenter of BT Sport’s MotoGP TV coverage, Melanie Sykes, has received her new Abarth 500c. Sykes has previously owned a Fiat 500 and was seeking a new one. However, she likes her new convertible to have an added boost. In short, she wants a new convertible that features the performance of an Abarth 500, which could deliver up to 14bhp.

“Having owned the Fiat 500C before, I knew I wanted to go back into a convertible, but I also had my eye on an Abarth,” Sykes said.  “So when Abarth told me there was 500C version, I was really excited. And just look at it – it’s fabulous.” The Abarth 500C features a soft top that is endowed with refined electric linkage and quality engineering solutions like the foldaway glass rear window and the built-in high mounted stop light.

The Abarth 500C also features Abarth’s Competizione five-speed automated manual gearbox that enables drivers to change gear using paddles mounted behind the steering wheel. It is powered by a 1.4-liter Euro 6-compliant turbo-charged engine that allows it to accelerate from zero to 62 mph time in just 8.1 seconds.

The Abarth 500C carries a tag £16,055 for the manual version, and £17,355 if equipped with the Competizione gearbox. Melanie received her new Abarth 500c from London-based specialist Abarth dealership, Motor Village Marylebone.

Topics: abarth, fiat, fiat 500c

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