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.
It was back in 2012 when Fiat revealed the 500 Abarth and introduced to driving enthusiasts in North America a new experience. Particularly it was a model that showed world-class precision and performance with a style that was both aggressive and purposeful. It also had high power-to-weight ratio with production volume kept to a certain figure.
While Karl Abarth’s line dubbed “small but wicked,” has already generated the needed excitement, the addition of the 2013 Fiat 500C Abarth Cabrio is likely to increase it even more.
This new model brings to mind the open-air track cars that were prominent during the 1960s. It is also the model that can deliver the most visceral experience to date coming from a contemporary Cinquecento. The new 2013 Fiat 500C Abarth Cabrio offers open-air freedom having a rigid structural design and intelligent power cloth top.
Considering that this new model continues to have the high performance DNA of the Fiat 500 Abarth, it has been engineered to have the same track-proven qualities that have made the hatchback version a success not only in the racing circuits and roads of North America but even those of Europe. The difference is that it brings more fresh air while also delivering that unique Abarth-tuned exhaust sound to the cabin.
Tim Kuniskis, who is the Head of FIAT Brand for North America of Chrysler Group LLC, said that this model not only delivers track-proven abilities and wicked attitude of the hatchback version, but brings with it that rush of Italian open-air performance.
He added that with a simple push of a button, this turbocharged Cabrio is able to let loose that extra sense of freedom. At the same time, he continued, the grind of the trademarked dual Abarth-tuned exhausts results in what may be one the most respected sounds ever.