Posts Tagged ‘Autocar’

Abarth 500C Convertible?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Autocar claims to have received insider knowledge to indicate that Abarth are likely to introduce a hot version of the recently launched Fiat 500C convertible.

Abarth 500C ©

Abarth 500C ©

Body rigidity should remain high, as the 500C isn’t a true convertible, instead retaining its roof rails and pillars.

Engine choices are, of course, likely to remain as the 1.4-litre turbo in 135 bhp guise with the option of the ‘esseesse’ kit to bring that to just shy of 160 bhp.

The Fiat 500C is roughly £3,000 more than an equivalent Fiat 500, and that would seem to indicate a £16,500 starting price for an Abarth 500C, rising to £19,250 for the esseesse version.

Link to Autocar story: Fiat 500C Abarth planned.

Abarth Coupe rumours gather pace

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Rumours that Abarth maybe considering building a special Abarth Coupe model have been gathering pace, with Autocar reporting their own take on the story…

Abarth Coupe © Autocar

Abarth Coupe © Autocar

Fiat could make a special-bodied Abarth Coupe in order to expand the ‘affordable high performance’ credentials of its recently re-established brand.

The company is reportedly delighted with the early reception for its Abarth Punto and 500 variants and believes that a special Abarth model may be feasible. A coupe would be in the spirit of the cars created by the firm’s founder, Carlo Abarth, in the 1960s.

Full story here.

Auto Express carried a similar piece a while back – here.

Autocar TV review of Abarth Grande Punto

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Autocar has posted a video review of the new Grande Punto Abarth, which you can see here.

Autocar video review

Autocar video review

They seem to quite like it!