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2017 FIAT 500c Abarth Cabrio Test Drive Review

Uncompromising performance from the legendary Italian tuning company, Abarth, joins the unique styling of FIAT to create an aggressive, track-ready coupe that’s filled with heritage and premium craftsmanship.

Its “small but wicked” persona is like nothing else currently available in the world of automobiles.

Take on the performance-focused spirit of Abarth with a closer look at our 2017 FIAT 500c Abarth Cabrio test model.

 

2017 FIAT 500c Abarth Cabrio Exterior

With a vibrant Celeste Blu (Retro Light Blue) paint job, Nero (black) mirror caps, and body side stripes, our 2017 500c Abarth Cabrio test model is personal expression dialed to the max.

The eye-catching and uniquely Italian exterior design is accented with FIAT’s signature winged front Abarth logo, immediately letting everyone know this 500c packs some serious performance.

On our test model, a dramatic Abarth body stripe visually connects optional 17-inch forged aluminum Hyper-Black wheels, drawing your attention rearwards towards the roof spoiler and dual bright exhaust tips.

And of course, the main exterior feature of the 2017 500c Abarth Cabrio is its powered Nero (black) performance soft top with four preset positions. The retractable top offers a full range of opening positions, and can be operated at up to 50 mph. When the dual-layer soft top is fully retracted, all passengers get to experience open-air excitement and a clear view of the sky above.

Other exterior features include red brake calipers, fog lamps, bi-function halogen projector headlamps, and power heated mirrors.

 

2017 FIAT 500c Abarth Cabrio Interior

European flair and performance-inspired design continue on the inside with a color-matched two-tone dashboard and black-colored cabin appointments.

For front passengers, a pair of sport bucket seats provide comfort and support while also adding a splash of color with red contrast stitching and an accent stripe. The driver is treated to a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and stays connected with vehicle and trip data via a premium 7-inch color cluster display along with a turbo boost gauge.

The award-winning UConnect 5.0 infotainment system delivers navigation, satellite radio, phone connectivity, and more through FIAT’s premium audio system, and can be controlled with your voice, the 5-inch touchscreen, or steering wheel-mounted buttons.

UConnect is one of our favorite in-car entertainment solutions thanks to its responsiveness, ease of use, and reliability.

Our test model also came equipped with the Popular Equipment Package, which adds automatic temperature control, heated front seats, and a 1-year subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio. Rear 50/50 split folding seats come as standard equipment for enhanced cargo storage capabilities.

With the soft top retracted and the music pumping, the 500c Abarth Cabrio becomes not just a form of transportation, but also a relaxing escape and facilitator of adventures.

 

2017 FIAT 500c Abarth Cabrio Performance

Having the Abarth badge means that the 2017 FIAT 500c’s top priority is performance, boasting a specially-tuned suspension and other track-ready features.

A single turbocharger and twin intercoolers help the 1.4-liter I4 MultiAir engine produce 160 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque, which translates into exciting acceleration thanks in part to the vehicle’s lightweight form-factor.

When Sport mode is engaged, the 500c Abarth offers enhanced throttle response in addition to stiffer damping from the KONI front and rear struts. When you add in the standard Abarth-tuned torque transfer control, the result is a confident and spirited driving dynamic that’s extremely satisfying and easy to manage.

Our test model’s standard 5-speed manual transmission really helped the 500c Abarth roar through its dual exhaust tips — the right combination of throttle, RPM, and a gear shift would send a satisfying pop of after-fire out the rear, making us feel like we’re rallying to the next checkpoint.

When you purchase the 2017 500c Abarth, it also comes with a full day of instruction at the Bondurant Racing School as part of the Abarth Track Experience. It’s a fitting bonus to help you get the most out of your performance-edition FIAT.

Fuel economy for the 2017 FIAT 500c Abarth Cabrio is an EPA estimated 28 mpg city and 33 mpg highway**.

 

2017 FIAT 500c Abarth Cabrio Safety

The 2017 500c Abarth comes standard with a variety of safety features, like advanced multistage front airbags, supplemental side airbags, 3-mode electronic stability control, and hill start assist.

Standard rear park assist alerts you of obstacles when backing up, while a tire specific pressure monitoring display alerts you when traction is being compromised by an underinflated tire.

Additional safety features include 4-wheel anti-lock performance brakes, a security alarm, and speed control.

 

2017 FIAT 500c Abarth Cabrio Overall

Feel closer to the race track every time you turn the key of the 2017 500c Abarth — performance has never before been this accessible.

Starting MSRP for the 2017 FIAT 500c Abarth Cabrio is $21,490, and our test model came well-equipped at $25,665*.

Bring home the racing heritage and spirit of Abarth by visiting your local AutoNation-affiliated FIAT dealership.

 

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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