2010 Fiat Abarth 500C review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 25 February 2010 , 10:02:06 byDan

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Fiat Abarth 500C

Available in 2 colors (black and gray titanium), the new Abarth 500C is one of the safest cars in the entire segment, featuring 7 airbags, HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assistance), ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) and the ASR (Anti Slip Regulation) system. The safety is maximised through the ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and the new (TTC Torque Transfer Control).
The Abarth 500C comes with 1.4 Turbo T-Jet power unit, a 4-cylinder engine, delivering 140 hp and peak torque of 206 Nm at 2,000 rpm in Sport mode. The vehicle can sprint up to 100 km/h in just 8.1 seconds reaching a top speed of 205 km/h.

Abarth 500C: empowerment of a style icon

Style: a convertible sports

The development of design, without losing performance, comes the new Abarth 500C. Is not the first time that the house of Scorpio prepare a convertible and once again intervening aesthetic and technical.
So while the eye lingers on new colors, and attention is affected by the elegant two-tone, the dynamic spoiler stretched recalls that Abarth 500C is above all a true sports car class. Spoiler, in addition to providing its contribution to ensure a more sporting image of CZ and load distribution of air flow more efficiently.

To embellish the Abarth 500C the new design alloy wheel Diamond 17 ", and the already popular version 5 petals white diamonds.

Another strength of the `Abarth 500C is the extraordinary comfort for both climate and acoustic. The careful aerodynamic studies allow to minimize turbulence when traveling in open car so fully enjoying the road and the sound of the engine. So with the new car you can live a full sensation of sportiness and enrich the experience of driving. In fact, the Abarth 500C can receive in full the sensations of a true sports car: With the roof up, ensures performance worthy of a hard top version, but when the hood flows down, the spectrum of feelings and emotions becomes larger, going down ` air speed in the hair until the true sound of the muffler dual exhaust tailpipe.

Moreover, the electric soft top - which runs on the side of the car - it allows the Abarth 500C to be enjoyed at any time of year. True object of design, the hood stands out due to the kinematics of the movement with very sophisticated electrical control and adoption of technical solutions for large finishing and care, from the glass rear window third brake light incorporated into the spoiler. Available in 2 colors (black and gray titanium), the top is combined with classic colors Abarth, in addition to 2 two-tone combinations are created ad hoc: the sportier version (black and white race) and the most stylish in two shades of gray. Finally, a "liner" runs along the two-tone body color, an element that simultaneously divides and unites the two souls of the car: in the performance of a true sports car, above the elegance of a convertible.

Performance: empowerment Abarth

The new car is a true and demonstrates the Abarth 1.4 Turbo T-Jet power unit that delivers as many as 140 hp, for important benefits: 0-100 in just 8.1 seconds and peak torque of 206 Nm at 2,000 rpm in Sport mode. A propeller, in short, that provides exhilarating performance and simultaneously makes Abarth 500C extremely fun to drive even in everyday use.

In detail, the engine is a 4-cylinder 16-valve 1368 cm3 (turbocharging IHI fixed geometry RHF3-P) that offers exciting performance, the maximum speed is 205 km / h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes place in just 8.1 seconds. Merit also of the overboost function, activated by button "Sport", which acts on the mapping of the ECU and the turbo pressure, as well as on the load at the wheel. Performance in a spirit of Abarth with fuel economy: 6.5 l/100 km in combined cycle.

So brilliant and progressive, the new engine is confirmed with low environmental impact: indeed, the new Abarth is already prepared to meet the more stringent restrictions on the future European standards (Euro 5).

Besides the engine, the Abarth 500C retains all the technical content already appreciated the model from which it derives as the TTC (Torque Transfer Control). But the real news is the change "ABARTH Competition" derivation racing.

It was 1949 and Karl Abarth officially started marketing the first product, a change from race control at the wheel for Fiat Topolino, can provide a quick shift in terms of sporty driving. With the same philosophy, even after more than 60 years, the change "ABARTH Competition" is offered as standard on the Abarth 500C. This is a 6-speed gearbox with electro-hydraulic control and interface driver behind the wheel made of pallets in a pattern that enhances the qualities of economy and efficiency in terms of sporty driving.

In detail, the innovative gearbox, derived from the MTA (Manual Transmission Automated), consists of a traditional mechanical gearbox "on which the manual leverage is replaced by an actuator electronically controlled by a TCU (Transmission Control Unit) while optimizing the shift gears and mechanical efficiency. Moreover, the use of this change includes both the "Auto" mode for additional comfort, both the mode "manual" for maximum driving satisfaction. For both modes you can overlay the setting "sport" with repercussions on the speed of change.

Thus, the new transmission "ABARTH Competition" makes driving fun, enriching elements clearly inspired by racing with the possibility of increasing the gears on the wheel as true supercar.

To confirm the full membership to the spirit of this car Abarth is preparing a kit esseesse specific for an additional level of processing.

The Abarth 500C is aimed at those customers who seeks, in addition to all that Scorpio means in terms of sportiness and innovation, including design and use even more versatile.


In terms of security, the Abarth 500C has the features already appreciated the Abarth 500.

Created to overcome the strictest regulations, the Abarth 500C is one of the safest cars in the entire segment. The Stable, effective braking, along with the excellent recovery guaranteed by the engine from 140 hp and driving behavior (handling) more predictable, allowing the new car without great difficulty to overcome critical situations. Also, take Abarth 500C Series 7 airbags (two front, two window bags, two side airbags and one for the protection of the knee): a record in this vehicle class. The new model also adopts sophisticated technical solutions to ensure perfect control of the car to the driver (active): dall`ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) to the sophisticated ESP (Electronic Stability Program), the anti-skid system ASR (Anti Slip Regulation) devices Hill Holder, which assists the driver during hill starts and HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assistance) which helps in emergency braking situations.

In addition, the 500C has two Abarth content absolutely interesting: systems "TTC (Torque Transfer Control) and `GSI` (Gear Shift Indicator). The first device improves the transfer of drive torque to the wheels and, in particular, guarantees excellent cornering behavior of the car making it safer and more entertaining during a sporty drive. Instead, the system "GSI `(Gear Shift Indicator) suggests the driver to make a gear change through a special display on the instrument panel (an LED flashes five times in succession). In detail, if you have chosen the Normal mode, the system warns that the shift to another gear would save in terms of consumption. Instead, if the driver proceeds with the Sport mode, the suggestion gear shift points to get the best possible performance.

Finally, Abarth 500C also has all the dynamic features and comfort that allows its users to comfortably and safely deal with any type of path. Merit also of the suspension layout: the front wheel is independent MacPherson system, while the back is "interconnected wheels (semi-independent) with a torsion beam. Evolved from a Magneti Marelli design, the two schemes selected were revised and developed for the new car, to guarantee outstanding handling and ride comfort at the highest levels.