The photo last week showed the side plumage of the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio, a souped-up convertible version of the tiny Italian car. For a photo of the car and a road test, read this week’s review.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was the name of Christopher Fuller, of Hephzibah. He wins a gift from The Augusta Chronicle.
Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
AUGUSTA: Gary Engen wrote: “The July 12 newspaper has a photo of the new Fiat 500c Arbarth. The Arbarth model has a truly great engine noise befitting an Italian sports car; the turbocharged 1.4-liter engine might be the best-sounding four-cylinder on the market.
“It can be compared to the Mini Cooper S in many ways, but the Fiat actually has more rear legroom and more cargo space. This could be a case of a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing.’ If you want a terrific fun small car that stands out in a crowd, you should check out the Fiat 500 Arbarth.
“I lived in Italy back in the late 1970s, and the tiny Fiat 500 (‘Cinquecento’) was seen everywhere, sort of like the VW Bug in Germany at the time. I owned a Fiat 124 Spider convertible back then that was great fun to drive; especially with the top down; I’m sure the new 500 Arbarth would be, too.”
Lowell Fritsche said: “It is the 2013 Fiat Abarth Cabrio, a little sporty version of the 500. It’s made in Mexico. It’s probably the most expensive Fiat 500 you can get and sells for $25,945; it’s an expensive little bugger but it’s nice. It just comes with a five-speed transmission, so if you can’t drive a stick shift you’re out of luck for it.”
Carolyn Ogles wrote: “This vehicle will attract attention, especially in red with the sunroof open and twin exhaust pipes.”
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “According to Google Translate, ‘cabrio’ literally translates to ‘convertible.’ Well, I would have to argue the point that, since only the top peels back like a lid on a can of sardines, leaving all of the side structure intact, this is not a true convertible. I would call it more of a full-roof canvas sunroof.
“Regardless of that point, this is a fun, young-at-heart kind of car, and the young and young at heart is exactly the market at which this car is aimed. With a 1.4-liter, 101-horsepower four-cylinder, you are not going to win many stoplight drag races, but you will look darn good getting to your destination in this petite Italian.
“To further emphasize the marketing push towards the young, hip, loving-life crowd, commercials have featured some of the hottest performers of the day, including J-Lo and Arianna featuring Pitbull.
“Since it is Italian, it will cost you however. The base, or POP, 500c carries a hefty $3,500 premium over the base hardtop price of $16,000, and the more stylish Lounge 500c is another $3,000 over the POP 500c.
“But that is still a far cry from the $31,000-plus price tag of the recently introduced 500e all-electric version (which is available only in California).”
EVANS: PJ Rodgers wrote: “It’s the edgy, scorpion-badged, topless Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio. I went to go to the Fiat Web site to build one, and the price quickly went over $30,000. It was interesting to read that the top can be moved into four positions at speeds up to 60 mph, if so desired. Included in the purchase price is a full-day session with a professional instructor.
“As a military dependent in Europe in the 1950s and ’60s and during my tours of duty in the ’70s and ’80s, these autos were prevalent and I always liked their styling, especially the ragtop.”
Wayne Wilke wrote: “The What Is It? car is a 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio. With a few options such as the styled wheels, big tires and painted body stripes shown in the picture, it goes for about $30,000. It rates high on the ‘coolness’ scale.
“For this Cabrio, or topless, model, there is a very distinctive and creative TV commercial that involves a beach scene and a well-trained scorpion.
“The Abarth name comes from a racing car maker founded by Carlo Abarth of Turin, Italy. Fiat bought Abarth in 1971 and has since used that name for its racing division. The Abarth logo is a shield with a stylized scorpion.”
Jerry Paul wrote: “This week it is a Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio.”
MARTINEZ: Jim Muraski wrote: “This week’s car is a 2013 Fiat 500c Abarth Cabrio.”
PERRY, FLA.: Larry Anderson wrote: “This week’s auto is the Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio.”
SHAWANO, WIS.: Karen McKenna wrote: “This week’s entry is the 2013 Fiat 500c Abarth Cabrio.”