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Quick Spin: 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio (Autoblog)

Filed under: Convertible, Performance, Quick Spins, Fiat

To no one’s surprise, I was stoked about the Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio. I’ve
always enjoyed the exquisitely flawed driving dynamics of the 500 Abarth
hardtop, and the idea of being able to fold the top back and take it all in
with some fresh air blowing around was really appealing. That super awesome
exhaust note would no doubt be even more audible without a huge chunk of
sheetmetal and glass in the way, and even with the slight weight penalty (33
pounds versus the hardtop), the Cabrio should still be just as tossable as
ever.

So when the Fiat arrived at my door, I slid the roof back and stowed the
normal press car paperwork in the glove box so it wouldn’t fly about during
what ended up being a genuinely spirited drive. I had a great time, and my
subsequent days with the 500 Abarth Cabrio were just as enjoyable. Sunshine,
Italian supercar-like rumble, and hilariously fun dynamics. Awesome.

But then I remembered my paperwork in the glovebox. And when I examined the
fine print, my jaw dropped. The bottom line: $31,100, including $700 for
destination. For …

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