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.
In a press release, Abarth said that this elegant and dynamic car is packed with Abarth racing spirit and the latest performance technology.
Some may think that the Abarth 500C is simply a developed version of its Fiat counterpart but it actually stands for a strategic choice by Abarth to appeal to the female consumers who prefer a car for its design, its elegance, as well as a good dose of sports performance too. Fuel consumption figures are not yet available.
Safety, comfort and driving enjoyment – these are what you can expect from the new Fiat 500C Abarth. To start off, the new 140HP Fiat 500C Abarth could be considered as one of the safest cars in its class, thanks to a number of safety features.
For instance, the new Fiat 500C Abarth is packed with seven airbags -- two front, two window, two side, and one driver knee airbags – for an overwhelming sense of safety usually not found in its class.
Not only that, the new Fiat 500C Abarth features sophisticated technical solutions designed to optimize the vehicle’s active safety and control like ABS with EBD (Electronic Braking Distribution), an advanced ESP system (Electronic Stability Program) and ASR (Anti Slip Regulation) traction control.
Furthermore, the vehicle features systems like Hill Holder that helps facilitate start offs on slopes, and HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assistance) that assists during emergency braking. For uncompromised comfort and safety while enjoying an energetic drive during any type of travel, the Fiat 500C Abarth comes with a number of dynamic systems and comfort-enhancing features.
For example, the Fiat 500C Abarth is provided with a front suspension derived from independent McPherson struts and with a semi-independent rear suspension featuring an inter-connecting torsion bar. These suspension schemes -- developed by Magneti Marelli -- have been optimized for the Fiat 500C Abarth to help guarantee splendid vehicle handling and a very high degree of comfort.
On the other hand, the new Fiat 500C Abarth comes with two advanced control systems -- Torque Transfer Control (TTC) and Gear Shift Indicator (GSI). TTC, in particular, helps enhance the transmission of torque from the engine to the wheels, thereby allowing excellent handling on bends.
GSI gives out a signal -- via a LED that flashes five times -- on the instrument panel to tell the driver that it is time to change gear. During Normal mode, a signal means that changing gear will help consume less fuel. On the other hand, a signal during Sport mode means changing gear will help achieve a better performance.