Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
2/26/18 11:23 a.m.

The angry little Fiat is back. And this time it comes with a convertible top. The Abarth package takes the happy-go-lucky Fiat 500c, lowers it on a sporty suspension, adds a turbo and uncorks the exhaust. The result is a tiny ball of Italian fury.

Our car came with the 6-speed automatic transmission, a $995 option over the standard manual transmission. Would this ruin the car or improve it?

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Joe Gearin
Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
2/26/18 2:51 p.m.

I also love these little things. (with a manual)  They always remind me of the Chicken Hawk from the old Foghorn Leghorn cartoons.   "See that Corvette?  Let me at em!  I can take him!  See that Z28...he's all mine!"    


I just can't drive one of these without grinning like an idiot, and there aren't too many other cars I can say  that about.

Driven5 SuperDork
2/26/18 3:20 p.m.

Considering the fact that it still has a 'roofline' bar, b-pillar, c-pillar, and fixed rear quarter windows, how does the 'convertible experience' in this compare to a true/full convertible or targa?  It seems like it might basically split the difference.

mad_machine MegaDork
2/26/18 8:04 p.m.

it's more like a targa than a vert

Jerry UberDork
2/26/18 9:24 p.m.

Almost exactly 4 years into my 2013, around 55k miles.  I finally had to replace a passenger side axle last week (& an intermediate steering shaft).  With labor around $750 or so, done separately.  Not bad for Tony's work?  Did I mention I still look forward to driving it every day?

I went with a sunroof, I'm not a convertible fan (or I'd already have an Answer), and this isn't really a convertible.  It's more like a larger cloth sunroof.  (And they didn't offer auto's back then.  I'm all for offering them if it helps the car continue with higher sales, it's just not for me.)

thatsnowinnebago SuperDork
2/26/18 10:44 p.m.

My girlfriend has tired of me pointing out the exhaust note of each 500 Abarth I see. Joke's on her though, 'cause I'm not tired of hearing it! cheeky

mad_machine MegaDork
2/26/18 10:55 p.m.

I find them really tempting. My only complaint on the whole 500 line up. The 500L should have been the 600

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