By on April 10, 2012

Car and Driver is reporting yet another model for the Fiat 500 lineup, using a detuned version of the Abarth 1.4L turbo engine in more discreet packaging. The model, dubbed the 500T, will also arrive in tandem with a 500C Abarth.

The C/D folks uncovered government documents showing evidence of both a coming 500T Sport, as well as a 500C Abarth. The 500T Sport will likely use the European-spec Abarth motor, rated at 133 horsepower (ours gets 160, while the rest of the world can buy modification kits to boost output), as well as the Abarth’s elongated front bumper, to accommodate the larger turbo and intercooler setup. Photos of the 500T Sport surfaced at a Fiat fan site earlier this year, and the visual changes appear minimal. The Abarth 500C is pretty self-explanatory. A slower, heavier, wind-in-your-hair version of the Abarth that few of us will get excited about.

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16 Comments on “Fiat 500T, Abarth Convertible Coming In 2013?...”


  • avatar
    DC Bruce

    Everytime I see one of these cars on the road — which is not that often — I think to myself “weird.” I can’t explain this phenomenon. Other small cars — Fiestas, MINIs, Fits — don’t trigger this response.

    While I could see myself owning any one of those, I could not see myself owning one of these Fiats, in any of the flavors offered, mild or spicy.

  • avatar
    B.C.

    I like small funky cars and I liked this one when it first came out, but … I’m sick of the 500 already.

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    I still find them adorable, and would really love to have one, I just have no reason to have one other than I think they are adorable. See them all over the place here in Portland, ME, makes me smile every time.

  • avatar
    robc123

    I test drove one, I thought they were great. Decent around town in the stock version and plenty of pep, even to 120km. And decent space in the rear. The base is about $13k.
    Whereas a chevy cruz is about $15.6k CAD and it looks like you get more car- never test drove it.

    • 0 avatar
      threeer

      Where do you find a base at $13k (oh..seeing you’re in Canada…thought it’d be MORE expensive up there)? I wish…
      And as for those that dislike, I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder…I still want one! Prefer a Grigio Abarth…but wouldn’t sneeze at a Rame Sport with manual tranny and sunroof. My drive doesn’t require the speed of the Abarth, so a “normal” Sport would more than suffice. Wonder how the 500T would slot in as far as price goes? Sport sits at $17.5, the Abarth at $22k…maybe $20k for the “T?”

  • avatar
    Joss

    Could be the de-tuned 500T may offer the best balance of power & economy for the 500. Though I’m not keen on the soft top.

  • avatar
    ciddyguy

    Are you sure the Abarth convertible will be slower or really all that much heavier?

    I think I recall the soft top is only slightly heavier than the sedans since critical roof bracing has been left intact so little is needed to ensure proper integrity to begin with.

    The new turbo sport sounds like a nice middle ground for the all out aggressiveness of the Abarth and the milder mannered 500. Having driven the 500, I find it plenty peppy for 101hp. If you’ve driven an 80’s or early 90’s subcompact that is still less than 100hp, the Fiat will feel plenty quick. It’s the perception of speed that is important here, smaller cars tend to feel quicker than larger ones at the same speeds, generally.

  • avatar
    Tinker

    The most memorable feature of the Fiat 500 is Catrinel Menghia, a truly sporty model (at least as equipped with optional extras) as shown in the ads. Having experienced a Fiat, in 1975, I’ll never do that again.

  • avatar
    gslippy

    Having test-driven a 500, Fiat is crazy to offer a weaker engine than the Abarth’s 160 HP. The base engine is gutless; the 500T should really be the base engine.

  • avatar
    Beerboy12

    Only Fiat would try to sell a small stylish car in the USA and the best part about it is that they do not seem to be failing. Not massive sales but enough.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    So they’re de-tuning the engine and making the car heavier?

    Shouldn’t they be… giving it a little more power to deal with the weight?

    • 0 avatar
      threeer

      Detuning from the Abarth…the assumption on the weight gain is that compared to a hardtop Abarth, the “C” will be heavier. They aren’t detuning the Abarth AND adding weight to the hardtop…maybe the write-up is a tad misleading?

      Still wish they would have given the Abarth a tad more bite straight out of the factory. But as I’ve not yet tested one, I won’t speak to the actual driveability of it. As it is, I only drive 5 miles to work each day, so I’m not sure I’d really even need the Abarth…a manual Sport would be more than sufficient.

      • 0 avatar
        Ryoku75

        I read it over a little more, the Fiat 500T in all honesty just sounds like a stupid idea, we already have enough 500 variants.

        I’ve heard that the Abarth is potent as it is but has a screwy economy mode, a stick-Fiat 500 should work fine for ya.

        After looking at the “Build your own Fiat” thing on Chryslers site I must ask, what makes the Sport 500 any quicker than a base stick-shift 500?

  • avatar
    Thinkin...

    My convertible rule: if the top is down, and you can’t tell the car is a convertible from a profile view, the car is NOT a convertible. You can call it any tacky, trademarked thing you want, but it isn’t a convertible. Big sunroo? Sure.. Sky view canvas top? Why not. Convertible? Hell to the no.


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