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rtwolfe
01-29-2012, 03:14 AM
I am waiting until the USA cabrio Abarth is available before making the plunge. Just saw this concept drawing (http://www.larevueautomobile.com/Automobile/Fiat-500c-Abarth-1026.htm) for an Abarth Cabrio.
What do you think? Should Fiat give us a more muscular convertible? Or do you like the more classic look?

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Chris
01-29-2012, 08:26 AM
Considering the Abarth Cabrio is already in Europe, I'd assume we'd be getting it here.

unknown_eyes
01-29-2012, 12:32 PM
Considering the Abarth Cabrio is already in Europe, I'd assume we'd be getting it here.

Thats what i was thinking.

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Bruce Winter
01-29-2012, 01:02 PM
given choices, I would prefer the cabrio with an automatic transmission, or if not the cabrio with a manual. I wonder how long we would have to wait for an usa announcement. Bruce

unknown_eyes
01-29-2012, 01:14 PM
given choices, I would prefer the cabrio with an automatic transmission, or if not the cabrio with a manual. I wonder how long we would have to wait for an usa announcement. Bruce

I'm not in the market for an Abarth and plan to keep my lounge for several years. But If I were, a triple black cabrio with an auto would be my choice!

Fiat500USA
01-29-2012, 01:18 PM
Those renders are from Fiat. Those were of the Abarth 500c.


Fiat introduces the Abarth 500C... (http://www.fiat500usa.com/2010/02/fiat-introduces-abarth-500c.html)

More posts on the Abarth 500c (http://www.fiat500usa.com/search/label/Abarth%20500C)

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-j_GQJj6UWxE/S4WVs7sStFI/AAAAAAAACTM/xO-NmkgXDnU/s640/Fiat500USA-Abarth_500C-Concept2.jpg

Fiat500USA
01-29-2012, 01:25 PM
I am waiting until the USA cabrio Abarth is available before making the plunge. Just saw this concept drawing (http://www.larevueautomobile.com/Automobile/Fiat-500c-Abarth-1026.htm) for an Abarth Cabrio.
What do you think? Should Fiat give us a more muscular convertible? Or do you like the more classic look?

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Ciao

I think there is room to go more radical with the car, so I'm game. The striping and the quarter vent like feature look good. I'm always down for well executed flared wheel openings.

sjmst
01-29-2012, 03:17 PM
I would be very happy just to get the Abarth Conv. they have in Europe.

Jim McKenzie
01-29-2012, 04:00 PM
I'd certainly be in line to order and Abarth Cabrio with an automatic transmission. I think that just might be the ideal 500 for me. Hope it happens and soon.

Piccirillo
01-31-2012, 04:01 AM
Waiting to put one of those in my garage! next to Piccirillo!

janaheim
01-31-2012, 05:06 AM
Those renders are from Fiat. Those were of the Abarth 500c.


Fiat introduces the Abarth 500C... (http://www.fiat500usa.com/2010/02/fiat-introduces-abarth-500c.html)

More posts on the Abarth 500c (http://www.fiat500usa.com/search/label/Abarth%20500C)

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-j_GQJj6UWxE/S4WVs7sStFI/AAAAAAAACTM/xO-NmkgXDnU/s640/Fiat500USA-Abarth_500C-Concept2.jpg

That's a beauty. Bellissimo!

Piccirillo
01-31-2012, 12:43 PM
That's a beauty. Bellissimo!



In love with this car! wow....:tears_of_joy:

rtwolfe
01-31-2012, 06:55 PM
I loved that hot little two tone Abarth since I first saw it. Had to make it my Avatar on the forum. Think I first saw the car on top gear's hot hatch in Italy show. Bad News - Sorry about the mirror image on YouTube. Was hard to find since BBC must be blocking this on Youtube. Good News - the Abarth has the steering wheel on the left, so it has more of a US look.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEd_7sWHCVk


Still, returning to the original question. We all know there is an Abarth Two Tone model that is sold in europe today. And we all can expect that 'eventually' we will get a cabrio model over here. Just like it took a while to get the Cab Pop and Lounge models for the standard 500.

My question is.... Do we think Fiat should consider 'upgrading' the look of the Abarth Cabrio for the US market? How much would it cost to bump out the sides so the wheels had a wider look. Plus, the car's profile appears to be higher in the front and taper toward the rear. Seem like small cosmetic changes but IMHO, Fiat would sell a LOT more USA Abarth's with that look vs the current European version. Your Thoughts?

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luke_vibert_uk
02-01-2012, 04:24 PM
Absolutely no chance.

The production costs alone would mean that you would have to sell huge numbers to break even....sales in the UK are pretty much 5 to 1 if not more in favour of the standard A500.

The A500c is based on the F500c as the A500 is based on F500...that isn't going to change.

I doubt the body shell design would be able to take the top off in true cabrio fashion either. If you did the body would probably roll and twist all over the place and weigh a ton, plus there would be all the crash elements safety factors to deal with = nightmare.

The A500c's still await their manual gearboxes with the 'auto' box taking an age to go from gear.............to.................gear. The additional weight of the roof gubbins doesn't help in performance and a recall has just been issued for the operating mechanisms. Some owners also complain of not being able to see out the back (glass) window as there is no wiper...not sure that would bother me.

geeded
02-01-2012, 04:41 PM
The A500c's still await their manual gearboxes with the 'auto' box taking an age to go from gear.............to.................gear. The additional weight of the roof gubbins doesn't help in performance and a recall has just been issued for the operating mechanisms. Some owners also complain of not being able to see out the back (glass) window as there is no wiper...not sure that would bother me.


So, you're saying that the A500C is STILL not available with the manual even though they announced it many, many months ago?
Unbelievable....

luke_vibert_uk
02-02-2012, 01:08 PM
I beg your pardon - they are now avaliable, I thought they weren't out yet...