Adding to the Italian marque's small-scale yet triumphant return to the U.S. market, 2011 welcomed a convertible version of the diminutive Fiat 500, the 500 Cabrio. The power-operated roof has the ability to peel off at speeds of up to 60 mph for impromptu highway wind-through-the-hair action. The convertible 500 utilizes the same 101-bhp 1.4-liter inline-4 engine and gearbox choices (5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic) found in the hardtop.
For those looking to express something other than frugal superficiality, keep a mindful eye for the Abarth 500 arriving in the first half of 2012. At least in European trim, these 500s finessed by Italian tuner Abarth come buffed up with 133-bhp turbocharged 1.4-liter engines in tuned chassis. Variants such as the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse make up to 200 bhp, although we don't expect that to be the case with the U.S.-bound model. One can always wish...
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