Fiat Planning 2013 500 Abarth Cabrio, Turbo 500T?

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According to documents submitted to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Fiat is already planning a convertible version of the 500 Abarth, and a turbocharged non-Abarth version of the 500 called the 500T. Good news for fans of high-performance small cars and convertibles everywhere, if it holds up.

And it looks like it will hold up. The documents, sourced via Car and Driver, show a pretty clear chart of upcoming 2013 models, and the Abarth is clearly listed under the "2 Door Convertible" group, while the 500T Sport is added to the standard Pop, Sport, Lounge, Abarth, and Electric lineup.

Having wrung out the hardtop 500 Abarth at Spring Mountain earlier this year, we know it delivers on many levels where the standard 500 doesn't. Whether the similarly-powerful, but non-Abarth 500 will show similar fun potential remains to be seen.

The convertible version of the Abarth is sure to win fans, however, as many of you commented that a soft top was the only thing holding you back. Of course, it will likely be the retractable-cloth-roof  (a la 500C) sort of convertible, rather than the whole-top-comes-off kind, but even so, it means more sun in the cabin with (hopefully) all of the benefits of the Abarth.
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  1. The 500 Abarth Convertable must be a given, as it's available all around europe as the 500c Abarth for years.
    Yes, it still retains the pillars, for rigidity, and safety, just like the 500c.
    Usually it comes with a competitzionne paddle shift F1 style gearbox as standard. It is a single clutch, proper manual robotized shift, with automatic function, like an old ferrari, lambo (not an automatic gearbox with a horrible slow manual override, or a super quick dual clutch, or ISR gearbox).
    You also have the option of a 5 speed stick shift, right up on the dashboard, next to the wheel, like in the standard car, which I prefer, And the 135bhp to 160bhp essesse upgrade as per usual, which I also prefer!

    The F1 style gearbox was never an option

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