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2015 Fiat 500C Abarth Automatic, dances well in spite of the slush box
2015 Fiat 500C Abarth Automatic, dances well in spite of the slush box

The world knows that the Italians are advanced dancers, aren\'t they? It is applicable to the 2015 Fiat 500C Abarth Automatic too.   Its chassis is fortified with dampers and anti-roll bars that are performance tuned, fitted with big wheels encased in bigger tires and gripped by oversize brakes. The meaty leather draped steering wheel is electrically boosted and alert as it successfully executes the commands to the wheels.  

While at speeds it feels stable as the 500C plants itself firmly on the road and as any other vehicle with a wheelbase of just 90.6 inches. It heaves over bumps, expansion strips, and frost heaves enthusiastically so just hang on to it. The 500C testing was hampered by the thick blanket of the snow hence could not be put through the full testing regimen, so the peak speed or skidpad figures were not derived. But braking was tested on the patch of tarmac, and it turned out to be a 170 feet halt   braking from 70mph. This performance matches the 167  feet achieved by the 2013 Abarth Cabrio.

The 500C Abarth has an amazingly rigid structure considering the stiff suspension and the big tires of the miniscule Fiat and the roof’s lack of steel reinforcement.  The Italian sub-compact certainly does not suffer from shakes while on the road. The revised interior is filled with a horde of functions and shapes, and you would not find button or switchgear in places where one would normally expect them to be in a Toyota. 

This Abarth is no Toyota. The fun of peeling the onion is derived with each following drives, and you would exclaim, Oh! This is the button I was looking for.” The rear seats at best are pooch perches, but the front is supportive and comfortable. But the steering cannot telescope though it tilts, and this could be a deterrent for long legged American citizens. Even with a slush box the 500C Abarth is a fun drive as it zips around the town.

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