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Melanie Sykes gets her new Abarth 500c

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.

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2013 Fiat 500C Abarth makes its us debut at the LA Auto Show

Besides the 500L Trekking, Fiat also brought at the 2012 LA Auto Show the 500 Cabrio (500C) Abarth. Just like the Fiat 500 Abarth, the convertible comes with the same 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine delivering 160 horsepower, up to 170 ft.-lb. of torque. With these numbers, the sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) is made in the low 7 second range.

New Abarth 500C comes equipped with the track-proven C510 five-speed manual transmission. Comparing it with the standard Fiat 500C, the Abarth 500C comes with a new body kit consisting of a new front bumper, new side sills, a new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and exhaust system as well as a new rear roof spoiler.

The design is completed by the 16 x 6.5-inch cast-aluminum wheels wrapped in high-performance Pirelli tires. For better performance, 17-inch wheels are available as an option. The sporty theme is continued at the interior where the vehicles features a new steering wheel, an analog turbo-boost gauge with integrated LED shift light, a new set of aluminum pedal covers and a Nero leather shift knob with Rosso accent stitching.

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2011 Fiat 500C by Gucci: details, photos and specs

Fiat will start to take orders for the 500C by Gucci this month. The convertible will be arriving at dealerships around the world starting this September. Fiat has high hopes for the convertible variant as the 500 by Gucci has already recorded 3,000 pre-orders. The campaign for the 500C by Gucci will include an original tour that begins on August 19. The vehicle will visit several places throughout Europe.

Gucci’s trademarks are featured all over the Fiat designer convertible, from the red and green stripes to the logos on the seats and wheel hubs. The vehicle will be offered in two body colors. Consumers can choose from white with matte chrome-plated elements or glossy black with shiny chrome-plated accents.

These two color versions will feature the same soft top, which is black and will have a distinct green-red-green Gucci web pattern. It will feature a set of 16″ alloy wheels to match the retro design of the citycar.

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Abarth 500C receives manual transmission and a price tag

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.

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Chrysler is set to serve up its two-door Fiat 500c convertible, which was launched at the New York motor show today, just in time for the warm weather. In fact, the 500c cabriolet, powered by a 1.4-liter, 101-hp engine, has been filtering into dealerships slowly in just over a few weeks. This vehicle comes in two trim levels: Lounge and Pop.

The Pop version has a five-speed manual transmission as standard, in addition to the power-cloth top and all-season tires.

This version also includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a chrome exhaust tip, and power-heated mirrors. On the other hand, the Lounge version boasts of a six-speed automatic transmission, which includes a sport mode. This vehicle also comes with premium features on top of those available in the Pop, such as fog lights, front-fascia and rear-fascia chrome accents as well as chrome mirror caps.

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Fiat will be bringing its convertible supermini – the 500 Cabrio -- to the United States even as rivals such as the less expensive Mustang dominate the market. A report from KickingTires states that Fiat will show off this model at the upcoming 2011 New York Auto Show in April. It’s expected that the car will go on sale this spring, shortly after the debut at the event.

This report doesn’t come as a surprise since there have long been speculations that the Mexican plant that builds the US-spec 500 also has the capacity to assemble both convertible and Abarth variants.

The new Fiat 500C was displayed for the first time at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. It offers a tribute to the original 1957 Fiat 500 but at the same time, it features innovative solutions in terms of mechanical design, engines and comfort. The US version is likely to be mostly the same, except for the bigger bumper seen on the Sport.

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Abarth announced today that it will reveal Esseesse kits for the Abarth Punto Evo and Abarth 500C at this year’s Paris Motor Show. These were especially designed in order to improve performance, handling and safety without sacrificing the car's low emissions and fuel consumption.

The Punto Evo esseesse delivers an impressive 180 hp and a maximum torque of 270 Nm at 3000 rpm. It can hit 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 216 km/h.

The smaller 500C essesse caries 160 hp and delivers a maximum torque of 230 Nm. It can accelerate to 100 km/h in just 7.6 seconds and has a top speed of 209 km/h.

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Since it was introduced the Fiat 500 mini has been garnering the title of car of the year from different organizations and magazines. There is, currently, a convertible version, the 500C, that is going to join the award-winning mini and will be introduced at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

The 500C comes with an automatic retractable soft-top equipped with a built-in glass backlight and a center stop light. The roof, which is made of weather resistant canvass, comes in three color options: black, red and ivory. These colors perfectly match the interior scheme of Pearl Red and Warm Grey. The car can accommodate four adults, however legroom are better suited for small children.

Fiat 500C will come with three engine choices as in the hardtop. Available are a 1.2 to 1.4 displacement units. The 1.3-liter gasoline entry-level engine can power the car with 69hp, the middle 1.3-liter unit is a Multijet turbodiesel that can produce 75hp on tap and the top of the line 1.4-liter can provide 100hp.

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Fiat launched the 500C by Diesel in Milan, marking the car's European debut only three days after it was introduced in Japan. Visitors will get the chance to view the cabriolet version of the model, which was jointly created in 2008 with Diesel, in the Diesel flagship store in Piazza San Babila.

With an on-road price from 18,000 euros, Fiat 500C by Diesel will be sold globally, beginning in Italy this May. Fiat said that almost 6,500 units of the limited-edition saloon version have already been sold.

The European Fiat 500C by Diesel range is offered in four Euro 5 engine versions (1.2 69 HP, 1.4 16v 100 HP, 1.3 Multijet 75 HP with DPF and 1.3 Multijet II 95 HP). These engines are coupled to manual 5 or 6 speed gearboxes (petrol engines can be fitted with a Dualogic 5 speed robotized gearbox).

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There will be a fund-raising gala that will be headed by Cinema Against AIDS for the benefit of AmFAR or the American Foundation for AIDS research, the group that is in charge of raising funds for the fight against AIDS. The event will be held on May 21, 2009 during the 62nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival. The charity auction 17th edition will be held at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes.

Among the guests of the event one of the most anticipated is former president Bill Clinton who will be hosting the auction together with Sharon Stone and film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Annie Lennox, singer and founder of the Eurythmics, will be staging a performance in aid of AmFar for the big wigs from both the fashion and film industries in the hope of raising more than what they did last year, which was $7 million.

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Abarth will have on display an upgraded Fiat 500C at the Geneva Motor Show, along with its own version of Punto Evo. The 500C, the first convertible to be launched by the renewed Abarth brand, will go on sale later this year in both Europe and Japan. Powering the Abarth 500C is a 1.4-liter engine that develops 140 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 206 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm in Sport mode.

The transmission system is the Abarth Competizione 5-speed gearbox, which is optimized to handle this much power. Self-ventilated front discs are available.

A set of 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels come standard but buyers could opt for the 17-inch ones. The Abarth 500C accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds and has a top speed of 205 km/h. Abarth claims that the car releases 155 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

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