The new Abarth 500C is
distinguished by its elegance and dynamism while the
Abarth spirit lives on in its sporting features. The new
open-topped car with its reworked engineering also
represents a strategic choice by Abarth: this model was
also produced to appeal to women customers who seek
design and elegance but also appreciate the performance
of a true sports car.
The all-new Abarth 500C was created by developing design
without neglecting performance. This is not the first
time that Abarth has tuned a convertible, and this time the operation affected both looks and engineering.
Alongside the classic body colour scheme, Abarth is
offering two-tone paintwork for the first time on a
500. Although your eye may linger on the new colours,
the long, dynamic spoiler reminds you that the Abarth
500C is first and foremost a top-class sports car. The
spoiler not only adds flair to the sporting image but
also ensures an improved CZ load and more effective air
flow distribution. The Abarth 500C is enhanced by new
17” diamond pattern alloys and a white diamond version
of the popular 5 petal design.
Another strength of this model is its exceptional
climatic and acoustic comfort. Thorough aerodynamic
research means that the turbulence experienced with the
roof open has been reduced to a minimum, allowing the
open road and engine sound to be enjoyed to the full.
The Abarth 500C allows you all the sensations of a real
sports car: with the hood closed, it offers performance
worthy of a hard top version but when the roof is rolled
down, the range of sensations and experience expands as
you speed along with the wind rushing through your hair
to the authentic sound of the twin silencer exhaust.
The electric hood, which traces the car's roof line,
means that the Abarth 500C can be enjoyed at any time of
year. A true design object, the hood of the Fiat 500C is
distinguished by its sophisticated
electrically-controlled movements and its impressively
finished and carefully crafted technical features: from
the glass rear window to the third brake light built
into the spoiler. The hood is available in 2 colours
(black and titanium grey) and can be combined with
classic Abarth colours as well as 2 specially-created
two-tone combinations: the more sporty version (racing
black and white) and a more elegant version in two tones
of grey. A chromatic liner runs along the two-tone body
to simultaneously divide and combine the car's two
spirits: out-and-out sports performance below and the
elegance of a cabriolet above.
The new car is a true Abarth and this is confirmed by a
1.4 Turbo T-Jet power unit that delivers 140 HP, for
significant performance: 0-100 km/h in just 8.1 seconds
and a torque of 206 Nm at 2000 rpm in Sport mode – a
power unit that ensures thrilling performance while also
making the Abarth 500C extremely satisfying to drive
even during day-to-day use.
In detail, the engine is a 1368 cc 4 cylinder 16 valve
unit (turbo charged with a fixed geometry IHI RHF3-P
turbocharger) that delivers exhilarating performance.
Top speed is 205 km/h while acceleration from 0 to 100
km/h takes place in just 8.1 seconds. This is partly
achieved by the overboost function, activated by the
Sport button that modulates control unit mapping and
turbo pressure in addition to load on the steering
wheel. Yet this typically Abarth performance comes with
very frugal fuel consumption: 6.5 l/100 km over a
This lively yet smooth new power unit also has proven
eco-friendly credentials: the new Abarth car is already
able to meet the toughest restrictions imposed by future
European standards (Euro 5).
In addition to the engine, the Abarth 500C retains all
the engineering features already so appreciated on the
original model, such as TTC (Torque Transfer Control).
The most important new feature is the race inspired
“ABARTH Competizione” gearbox. The year was 1949 and
Karl Abarth was beginning to market his first official
product, a racing gearbox with steering wheel-mounted
controls for the Fiat Topolino, able to
offer slick gear shifts under sporty driving conditions.
More than 60 years later, the ABARTH Competizione is
offered as standard on the Abarth 500C with the same
philosophy. It takes the form of a 5-speed gearbox with electrohydraulic control and driver interface created
with paddles behind the steering wheel in a
configuration that enhances the car's attributes of
thrift and efficiency under sporting driving conditions.
In detail, the innovative gearbox derived from an MTA
(Manual Transmission Automated) unit consists of a
conventional manual gearbox on which the manual linkage
is replaced by an actuator controlled electronically by
a TCU (Transmission Control Unit) which optimises both
gearshifting and mechanical efficiency. This gearbox
also offers auto mode for greater comfort and manual
mode for maximum driving satisfaction. A sport setting
may be added to both modes, with repercussions on shift
The new Abarth Competizione makes driving more fun,
complementing out-and-out racing attributes with the
possibility of shifting up through the gears on the
steering wheel as though you were driving a real
To confirm this car's paid-up membership of the Abarth
club, a special esseesse kit is being prepared as an
additional customer offer. The Abarth 500C is aimed at
customers who seek all that Abarth has to offer in terms
of sportiness and innovation but also design and even
more versatile use.
In terms of safety, the Abarth 500C also offers the
features already successfully adopted on the Abarth 500.
The Abarth 500C was created to exceed even the toughest
standards and is one of the safest cars in the entire
segment. Stable, effective braking plus excellent
pick-up ensured by the 140 HP power unit and predictable
handling at all times allow the new car to deal
confidently with critical situations. The Abarth 500C is
also fitted as standard with 7 airbags (two front, two
window bags, two side bags and one for knee protection):
a record for this car category. The new model also
employs the most sophisticated technical solutions to
ensure that the driver is in perfect control of the car
(active safety): from ABS with electronic brake
distribution (EBD) to the advanced electronic stability
program (ESP), from the anti-slip regulation (ASR)
system to the Hill Holder devices – which help the
driver with hill starts - and hydraulic brake
assistance (HBA) to help with emergency stops.
The Abarth 500C also offers the “TTC” (Torque Transfer
Control) which improves the transfer of drive torque to
the wheels and, in particular, guarantees excellent
cornering behaviour, thus making the car safer and more
entertaining during a sporty drive. The Abarth 500C also
offers all the properties of dynamism and comfort that
allow its users to tackle any kind of route in comfort.
These qualities are enhanced by the suspension layout:
the front system is a MacPherson configuration while the
rear suspension features interconnected wheels (i.e.
semi-independent) with a torsion beam. Both
configurations selected have been appropriately revised
and developed for the new vehicle to ensure great
handling and top level driving comfort.
Abarth 500 C 1.4 Turbo MultiAir
T-Jet 140 HP Technical Specifications
1.4 Turbo T-Jet 140 HP