The Fiat 500 Abarth has a 160-horsepower turbocharged version of the 500’s 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, and the Cabrio adds a retractable cloth top that stacks atop the rear deck. The main exterior differences between the 500 and 500 Abarth are a different front fascia, unique 16- or optional 17-inch wheels, uprated brakes with red-painted calipers, sport suspension, and signature Abarth badges. The front badge has an air intake that feeds air into the engine.
Drop the top and drink in that raspy exhaust note. The fun-to-drive nature and great sounds of the Fiat 500 Abarth will soon be available without a roof. Get ready for the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio (meaning cabriolet; i.e., convertible). The 500 Abarth Cabrio, also known as the 500c Abarth, will go on sale in the second quarter of 2013. Meanwhile, here it is in pictures.
Click here to listen to the snarky exhaust note of the 500 Abarth.
Abarth models are available in a few different colors: black, gray, red, and white. Body-side stripes emblazoned with the “ABARTH” name and exterior mirror caps are available in those same colors, though they must complement one another; paint and stripes of the same color cannot be ordered together.
Black cloth seats are standard equipment. Sport seats with either black cloth and red accents, black leather upholstery, and black leather upholstery with red accents are optional. The driver and passenger door armrests match the color of the seat upholstery, while the panel on the dashboard matches the car’s exterior color.
At the push of a button, the convertible top rolls itself back to the trailing edge of the roof.
Another push of the button folds the top all the way back.
When the top is up, the roofline closely resembles a hardtop Abarth.
The best way to hear the Abarth’s signature engine sound is to put the top all the way back and find a deserted, twisty road.