Fiat Plans 500T And Abarth Convertible For U.S.
Good news is on the way for those who love high-performance small cars and convertibles. Latest reports says that Fiat plans to increase its American line-up, this time with a convertible version of the Fiat 500 Abarth and a turbocharged non-Abarth version of the 500 known as the 500T. The company has already submitted the documents to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The documents submitted to CARB shows a chart of the forthcoming 2013 models, and obviously the Abarth and the 500T are listed in it. The 500 Abarth is listed below the “2 Door Convertible” group, while the 500T Sport is included in the standard Pop, Sport, Lounge, Abarth, and Electric lineup.
We believe that the filed documents confirms the 2013 Fiat 500T would be positioned between the standard Fiat 500 and the Abarth, which would feature a less powerful version of the U.S.-spec Abarth’s 160-horse turbo four. The company expects the new model will win over the hearts of fans, as quite a few of them observe that a soft top is the only thing holding them back. While it is good news, its hardly a surprise to us, as a similar model has already exists in other markets. Despite the fact that the automaker hasn’t confirmed this vehicle publicly, fans expect it to be identical to the Abarth coupe but with a power-sliding cloth roof similar to the 500c.