Fiat performance brand Abarth has launched a manual version of the 500C convertible hot hatch supermini for those who don’t want the paddle shifting version.
Priced at £16,856 on the road, the Abarth 500C manual is around £1,000 cheaper than the automatic version but comes with a load of standard kit. The engine stays as the 135bhp 1.4 litre turbo four cylinder petrol, which speeds the soft-top of sorts on to 128mph and gives a 0-62mph time of 7.9 seconds. But the frugal unit returns 43.5mpg fuel economy on the combined cycle and has a CO2 figure of 155 g/km.
Another part of the Fiat empire, this time Alfa Romeo, has also recently announced a series of cosmetic changes to its own range topping hot hatch, the Mito Quadrifoglio Verde (Green Four Leafed Clover, the traditional Alfa racing symbol).
Wing mirror and headlight surrounds are now finished in a pearlescent effect material and lower air intakes are enhanced by new fog light surrounds designed to mimic the 8C Competizione supercar.
Quadrifoglio Verde badges sit on the front wings, in the same place you may have seen Prancing Horses on Ferraris. Larger alloy wheels are also fitted, up from 17-inches to 18-inches.
Finally, the interior gets some tweaks, such as carbon fibre backed front seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara suede. Carbon fibre also makes it to the dashboard.
The Mito keeps its 1.4 litre turbo Multiair petrol engine, producing 168bhp and accelerating from 0-62mph in just over seven seconds. The Alfa Mito Quadrifoglio Verde is priced from £18,755 and goes on sale at the end of July.