The Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio was recognized as the “Best Small Convertible” during the third annual “Topless in Miami” Convertible Awards on Thursday, June 6, by the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA). It is the third time that the FIAT brand has been awarded this honor. The Fiat 500c by Gucci Edition won in 2012, as did the Fiat 500 Cabrio during the inaugural event in 2011.
“We want to thank SAMA for recognizing the FIAT brand for the third consecutive time,” said Jason Stoicevich, Head of FIAT Brand North America. “The Fiat 500 Abarth is the most affordable and fuel-efficient high-performance car in America, and now the Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio gives you a front-row seat to better hear the raspy signature sound of the Abarth-tuned dual exhausts.”
The new Fiat 500c Abarth combines turbocharged, track-capable performance with a clever open-top design for a high-performance four-passenger cabrio. The car offers a turbocharged and twin-intercooled 1.4-liter MultiAir® Turbo engine with 160 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a track-proven five-speed manual transmission. The Abarth-tuned performance hardware delivers world-class ride and track-ready durability with a lowered ride height, beefier suspension, larger brakes and wider tires.
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 neatly fold all the way open and tuck neatly behind the rear head restraints (up to 50 mph).
“We are glad that FIAT brands joined us for a third year at our Topless in Miami event,” said Jaime Florez, President of SAMA. “The event continues to grow with more cars entering every year. The distinctive tone and performance of the Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio captured the judges’ attention and let everyone know that the Italians have arrived.