The ABARTH 500C esseesse – remember; the car that featured in the Top Gear ‘Monaco’ TV show?.. Richard Hammond has Christian Horner (Head of Red Bull Racing F1 Team) on a mad passenger ride around the famous Monte Carlo Formula 1 street circuit in the Abarth 500c. Now they’re going to try it again indoors [but without Christian… and without the Monaco backdrop …so; its not going to be exactly like it but it will be fun.]
The small ‘drop-head’ sports car that’s drop-dead gorgeous! The 500c.
The Abarth 500C – a small sports cabriolet with real style and sports car performance… this is a car that goes as well as it looks! Like the Abarth 500 hatchback, the Abarth 500C utilizes the T-jet 1.4 16v Turbo engine however the power has been increased by Abarth to an impressive 140 bhp. Designed to the same levels of safety as its hatchback counterpart, the Abarth 500C is one of the safest cars in the Small Sports Cabrio segment. There’s a class-leading seven airbags as standard including one for the driver’s knees. Beyond the now classic ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) and other sophisticated braking features, the Abarth 500C provides TTC Torque Transfer Control as standard, for outstanding, dynamic behaviour on more demanding roads. Added to this you will find Xenon headlights – with washers – delivering three times the light of traditional halogens. Just another innovation to keep you safe…
The inside story of this modern classic is as exciting as the outside, and the Abarth passion for style shows in every detail. The wraparound bucket seats have built-in head restraints, and with sculpted sports padding and lateral support for the more control. The dash is sporty without compromising functionality and the leather steering wheel provides superior grip and comfort. The sports pedals, driver’s footrest, height adjustable steering wheel and Competizione gearbox with gearshift paddles all enhance the sublime look and feel of a car that simply wants you to love motoring. Go drive!
To enhance the pleasure of driving the Abarth 500C comes with a powerful entertainment system featuring radio/CD/MP3-player and Blue&Me hands-free system with voice activation and steering wheel controls, and there are four 40W speakers, two 30W tweeters and a digital file reader with USB port so that you can play your favourite sounds in style. There are parking sensors to help in tight spots; manual climate control with pollen filter for hotter days or to assist in demisting without lowering the top; a turbo pressure gauge; dualdrive electric power steering with ‘sport’ button. The electric hood opens elegantly, with impressive technical solutions such as the glass rear window and high-level third brake light in the spoiler. Converted? You will be.
The esseesse kit – tuning and accessories for your Abarth 500 and 500c
The Abarth engineers have designed Esseesse kits for the Abarth 500C with the aim of making an already great hot hatch even hotter! Creating a unique driving experience in terms of performance, handling, comfort and safety – Abarth tuning is a mix of performance and safety: any increase in the former is reflected by at least an equivalent rise in the latter.
For example, the “Koni” shock absorbers included in the esseesse kit give the car the best roadholding in its class. At the same time, the esseesse kit gives the 500c an injection of power; improving performance and acceleration without affecting the CO2 levels. As is traditional with Abarth, the esseesse kit for the 500C is delivered to customers in a wooden crate and is fitted by official Abarth dealers to ensure the highest standards.Esseesse kit for the Abarth 500C - The kit for the Abarth 500C tunes the 1.4 16v Turbo T-Jet power unit to a maximum power of 160 HP (117 kW) at 5750 rpm and in “Sport” mode, a maximum torque of 230 Nm at 3000 rpm with the performance of an out-and-out two door convertible sports car: top speed is 209 kph with acceleration from 0-100 kph in just 7.6 seconds. As with the Punto Evo, the 500C maintains its Euro 5 compliance even once the kit has been installed, with CO2 emissions equal to 151 g/km. Safety is always the focus with an Abarth tuning, as evidenced by the upgrading of the braking system and adjusted ride: the “esseesse” kit for the 500C fits perforated, ventilated front disc brakes (diameter 284 mm x 22 mm), perforated rear disc brakes (diameter 240 mm x 11 mm), high performance front brake pads, front and rear Koni shock absorbers with FSD valve, specific red springs set lower than those on the original car, Abarth “esseesse” 7” x 17” alloy wheels painted white or titanium, combined with 205/40 ZR17 tyres. The conversion kit for the Abarth 500C also includes four sensors to record correct tyre pressure, a special “powered by BMC” air cleaner and “esseesse” badges for the engine cover and tailgate.