2016's: FIAT 500 Abarth & 500c AbarthDel Stewart

Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio Add Technology and Exterior Colors for 2016 

  • 2016 Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio models now feature Uconnect 5.0 system with 5-inch touchscreen radio, Bluetooth connectivity and integrated voice command
  • New exterior paint colors include Grigio Cenre (light gray), Rhino (dark gray), Celeste Blue (light blue) and Giallo Moderna Perla (Modern Pearl Yellow)
  • Specially tuned six-speed automatic transmission available for Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio
  • Track-tested, turbocharged and twin-intercooled 1.4-liter MultiAir engine provides the Fiat 500 Abarth models with up to 160 horsepower and 183 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio (500c) features a clever open-top design for a high-performance four-passenger cabrio experience
  • Abarth-tuned hardware delivers world-class ride and track-ready durability with a lowered ride height, beefier suspension, larger brakes and wider tires 
Auburn Hills, Mich., Sep 1, 2015  -  The Fiat 500 Abarth brought world-class performance, aggressive styling, high power-to-weight ratio and limited-production volume to the small-car segment in North America. The “small but wicked” Abarth models provide one of the most visceral driving experiences in the industry, inspired by the racing traditions that made Abarth a success on international racetracks.
For 2016, the Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio models feature the Uconnect 5.0 system with a 5-inch touchscreen that enables handsfree calling via Bluetooth-equipped phones, as well as voice-command control of AM/FM, and optional SiriusXM Radio and navigation system. Digital music can be streamed wirelessly from compatible Bluetooth smartphones or audio players supported by a media hub equipped with an auxiliary jack and USB port that enables recharging and seamless operation of portable devices. An integrated CD player offers additional media flexibility.
New exterior paint colors for 2016 are Grigio Cenre (light gray), Rhino (dark gray), Celeste Blue (light blue) and Giallo Moderna Perla (Modern Pearl Yellow). Additional exterior customization is available with new-for-2016 wheel options.
Open-air freedom with an intelligent power cloth-top and rigid structural design
With the Fiat 500 Abarth’s high-performance DNA intact, the 2016 Fiat 500c Abarth delivers the same track-proven attributes that have made the hatchback model a success on European and North American roadways and racetracks, but now brings even more fresh air and the unmistakable Abarth-tuned exhaust note into the cabin.
With just the push of a button, the Fiat 500c Abarth’s power-operated cloth-top retracts up to the rear spoiler during speeds up to a best-in-class 60 mph (a midway point can be chosen by pressing the button anytime in between). Press the roof button again, and the roof will fold all the way open and tuck neatly behind the rear head restraints (up to 50 mph).
For access to the Fiat 500c Abarth’s trunk, premium “parallelogram” liftgate hinges conveniently position the liftgate out of the way, while the power-operated cloth-top automatically retracts back to the rear-spoiler position to avoid any obstruction.
In addition to its cleverly designed multi-position power-retractable cloth-top, the Fiat 500c Abarth’s fully stamped body side silhouette retains the iconic Cinquecento form while delivering added structural rigidity.
“Abarth treatment” and tradition continue to deliver extraordinary results
In the late 1950s, Karl Abarth believed that race cars with brilliant performance could be derived from small, lightweight, everyday driving cars, including the original Cinquecento (500). And his tradition of track-ready small cars continues today with the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio.
Staying faithful to the performance principles that made the Abarth name a success, the Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio embody the brand’s motorsport traditions:  
  • Everyday performance car
    • Track-ready capability, high horsepower-per-liter engine, combined with the quality, efficiency and refinement expected in a world-class small car
  • Competitive
    • Benchmark levels of performance, track-proven reliability and durability
  • Aggressive
    • Purposeful and functional performance design, Abarth-tuned powertrain control module (PCM) and performance-tuned exhaust with menacing sound
  • Attainable
    • State-of-the-art powertrain and chassis technology once limited to premium-priced performance cars
  • Racing heritage
    • More than 60 years of performance and competition tuning, including active international series races today