Alan Cesar
Alan Cesar Associate Editor
3/29/12 10:23 a.m.

We drove a convertible version of the cinquecento in perhaps its most inhospitable climate—the snowy mountains. We got it good and dirty.

http://grassrootsmotorsports.com/new-cars/2012-64-500c-lounge/

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt SuperDork
3/29/12 11:15 a.m.

A Lounge edition should come with a collection of every Richard Cheese song ever recorded on MP3, standard.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/29/12 3:14 p.m.

It was very loungey. Seriously, even with the automatic, the car wasn't horrible at altitude. We did get it filthy, though.

BAMF
BAMF Reader
3/30/12 12:21 a.m.

Any hints that they might ever release an Abarth version of this car?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/30/12 5:54 p.m.
BAMF wrote: Any hints that they might ever release an Abarth version of this car?

I haven't heard anything, but MINI does offer Cooper S versions of their ragtops....

integraguy
integraguy UltraDork
3/30/12 7:20 p.m.

Just read a few minutes ago in an online magazine that Fiat is considering using the 500 platform as the basis for a small CUV. Do you suppose they heard about this high altitude trip?

Coupefan
Coupefan Reader
3/31/12 10:20 a.m.

In reply to integraguy:

Nah, they were already building a replacement for the Fiat Panda anyway. The marketing stooges decided to capitalize on the 500's good worldwide sales and name the Panda replacement the 500L. It's just a name game.

Argo1
Argo1 Reader
3/31/12 10:50 a.m.

We road tested our brand new Fiat in 1959. Got it good and dirty in the mountains. For the record; the trucks passed us going up the grades.

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