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U.S.-spec 2012 Fiat 500C

A couple of days ago Fiat revealed the first official images with the U.S. version of the 500C, and as you can see, it looks identical to its European sibling. The car will get its official debut at this month’s New York Auto Show when we will be able to provide more information.

U.S.-spec 2012 Fiat 500C

Until then, we can tell you that it will be available in 14 exterior color choices, three soft-top designs and 12 upholstery options. The 500C will be powered by a MultiAir 1.4-liter engine that produces 101 hp (102 PS / 75 kW) and 98 lb.-ft (133 Nm) of torque. Customers will be able to choose from either a 5-speed manual transmission (as standard), or an optional 6-speed automatic gearbox.

U.S.-spec 2012 Fiat 500C

Source: Fiat via WCF

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European-spec Fiat 500C

You probably know by now that the Fiat marquee has returned to the United States and the first model that made it to the dealerships is the funky 500. It seems that the Italian automaker will bring to this year’s New York motor show the cabrio version of the car, dubbed 500C. Although nothing is certain at the moment, it will look just about the same as the European-spec model.

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At the beginning of the year, Fiat’s performance division, Abarth, revealed tuned versions of the Fiat 500C semi-convertible and of the Fiat Punto Evo hatchback.

Now, right before the Paris Motor Show, the tuning company is at it again, and has revealed even more powerful versions, the Abarth 500C EsseEsse and the Abarth Punto Evo EsseEsse.

The 500C has been upgraded once more, with power now rated at 160 HP, from the 138 HP of the ‘regular’ Abarth 500C. The compact model is now capable of sprinting from 0 to 62 in 7.6 seconds.

The Punto Evo has also been overhauled, with power now at 180 HP, as opposed to the previous 161 HP. 0 to 62 can be achieved in an even quicker 7.5 seconds.

Both of these new versions have received extra options, including Fiat’s Blue&Me Bluetooth connectivity pack, but also upgraded suspension, brakes and chassis stiffeners. The 500C has a special Record Monza exhaust, while the Punto Evo has received new Sabelt racing bucket seats.

Expect both of these hardcore models to be revealed to the public in Paris.


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Just as Fiat officially revealed the 500 Blackjack edition, boasting the all-to-present matte black paint job, Italian coachbuilder Romeo Ferraris revealed its own customization project, based on the 500C convertible.

Entitled the Fiat 500C Sardinia, the customized model boasts an interesting green paint job, in honor of Italy’s Emerald Coast line. The exterior is complimented by a set of gold and silver accents, as well as a sand-colored cloth top. Rounding off the customization package are a set of 16-inch wheels and dual-pipe exhaust.

On the inside, Romeo Ferraris decked out the 500C with a two-tone light beige leather, while the dashboard and gear knob received an interesting cork treatment. Emerald green floor mats compliment the exterior paint scheme.

Only 50 such models will be made, and you can be sure that they will fetch a pretty penny.


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After revealing a Pink limited edition of the its popular 500 model for France, Fiat has just announced that it will also be launching a Pink edition of the 500C model for the UK. Clearly this is because the UK gets *so* much more sunshine than France.

Sarcasm aside though, only 300 units of the Fiat 500C Pink will be up for sale, all based on the 1.2-liter Pop trim line. As you can imagine, all of the models will sport a Pink paint job, but will also include things like 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome trim on various accessories, and body-colored door mirrors.

For the inside, the 500C Pink will be getting leather on the steering wheel and gear knob, as well as special carpet mats and the Blue&Me infotainment system, which, for those of you not familiar, allows Bluetooth connectivity.

The special edition is already available in dealerships, and prices will start from £13,500.


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As we revealed a few weeks ago, Abarth, Fiat’s performance division, will bring two new models at the Geneva Motor Show which kicks off next week. Said cars are based on the Fiat 500C and the new Punto Evo models, which were recently launched.

Now, the company confirmed them and revealed a fresh batch of details surrounding these new pocket rockets, even though they won’t be so aggressive as the Hamann-tuned Fiat 500. The new Abarth 500C will see 138 HP and 152 lb-ft of torque squeezed out of the 1.4-liter T-Jet engine. The power unit will be coupled with a six-speed automatic gearbox, complete with paddle shifters.

It will be able to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds and reach 127 mph, all while you and your passengers will be feeling the wind through your hair.Those of you with a passion for more performance will be pleased to hear that an even more aggressive Esseesse edition will be launched, but at a later date.

The Abarth Punto Evo brings a bit more power, 161 HP, from the 1.4-liter turbocharged MultiAir engine, and will see an Esseesse version right from the get go, capable of 178 HP. The “simple” Abarth will be capable of 0 to 62 mph in 7.5 seconds, and will top out at 133 mph. It will also be quite frugal, with a fuel economy of 47 mph and CO2 emissions of around 142 g/km.


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The Geneva Motor Show will be a host to quite a lot of powerful models, among which you can count two more pocket rockets, coming from Fiat’s performance division, Abarth.

After modifying the extremely popular Fiat 500, and getting even more fans for the small Italian coupe, according to some reports Abarth is preparing to unveiled an upgraded take on the 500C edition, which boasts a convertible canvas top. No official details were given, but you can expect to see a much more aggressive model, with the turbocharged 1.4-liter that is included in the regular Abarth 500 (pictured above).

There are also some good news for Fiat Punto Evo fans, as the slightly larger hatchback will also see an Abarth performance edition, which might bring the new 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged unit, good for around 170 HP, under its hood, as well as a few more enhancements.

Overall, if you have a fancy for small Italian performance models, you’ll need to get to Geneva at the beginning of March. No word yet if the Abarth 500 Convertible will also reach US shores alongside its coupe variant, but if it will be successful, it’s a big possibility.


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Chrysler and Fiat are definitely planning on hogging all the attention at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show next January, as rumors not only peg a rebadged Lancia Delta hatchback concept to appear, but also multiple versions of the hugely popular Fiat 500 city car, which will arrive soon enough in the US.

Besides the Fiat 500C (that’s the convertible one) or the 500 Abarth high performance edition, the biggest surprise at the Chrysler booth will be an electric version of the Fiat 500. No word on what the electric concept will actually be, either just a mock-up or a fully-working model, but it will definitely grab the attention of many people.

If all these new things won’t make you visit the Chrysler booth, then how about the fact that models like the Ferrari 458 Italia or the Maserati GranCabrio will be there, courtesy of Fiat? Either way, if you’re in the vicinity next January, the Detroit Auto Show can’t be missed.


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