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500 Pop Manual - Fast Car and Love it
By rtwolfe on
2012 FIAT 500 C Pop 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl 5M)
My first car was an MGB and I loved it. I feel the exact same way about this car.
I smile to and from work every day.
Also, it WILL go fast but you have to drive it like an Italian.
Here's what it takes.
1. Manual Transmission - Auto is not quick
2. Sport button on
3. Shift at high RPMs - 4000 to 6500
4. High Octane Premium Gas - BP 93 works
5. Mobile 1 oil-makes Multivalve engine run better
6. High Flow Drop In air filter - check 500madness
Other than the transmission, this set of small changes made a huge difference in how the car responds.
Also, with Sport on, the steering is crisp and the throttle is quick.
Take a test drive. You will love it too.
The italian styling.
Things in the dash are Round not square or rectangular.
The seats are high so you get a good view of the road.
With sport button on, you 'feel' the road thru the steering. It feels like a sports car.
Love the way it corners at higher speed and how you can make it zoom when you learn to ride the 'power band' when shifting at higher RPMs.
Abarth model - in UK has 135 to 185 HP vs 101HP for the current US 500 model.
US abarth will be announced in November.
Whew, that car will really fly.