If the Fiat 500 Abarth has one signature feature, it’s the tiny car’s rather un-tiny exhaust note. And now with the new 500C Abarth model you’ll be able to hear that droning buzz a few decibels louder courtesy of a folding soft-top.
The down-side of course, is that you’re now much more visible to your neighbors who no doubt curse you, and your Italian machine every time you turn it on.
Set to be unveiled later today at the 2012 LA Auto Show, Fiat has released details and photos of its newest Scorpion-branded toy early – and with no surprises. Much like the hard top model, it is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine making 160-hp and 155 lb-ft of torque (170 lb-ft in overboost). Fiat claims that’s enough to deliver a 0-60 time of just over seven seconds.
In addition to the engine and wild exterior graphics, the Abarth model gains a lower and stiffer suspension, a tighter steering ratio, upgraded brakes, 17-inch wheels and a three-stage stability control system with a full-off setting.
Inside the cabin there’s added sport thanks to custom seats, with custom detailing added to the already premium equipment.
Worth noting is that because of its unconventional “convertible” design, the rag-top Abarth can raise and lower its roof at speeds up up to 50 mph.