Nine years ago Fiat brought out its new 500, a stylish retro reprise of its cute and tiny 500 from the late 1950s.
The reborn Cinquecento has developed into a mini-series with several versions.
And now there is even a second generation.
We are testing the top-of-the line version of the 500C, sporting some chrome on its snout. This most pimped iteration costs close to 17 and a half thousand euros in Germany.
The fabric roof comes in black, red and ivory -- and can be combined with a range of body colours. At the push of a button, the roof folds back in just a few seconds.
Folding the backseats forward makes the trunk three times as large.
The rear lights have not shifted, but they have changed shape -- with a centerpiece the same colour as the bodywork.
This version has a 1.2 liter four cylinder engine, delivering 51 kilowatts.
It takes 12.9 seconds to get up to a hundred kilometers an hour. The tachometer teases with much higher speeds on the display, but in fact 160 is as good as it gets.
Maximum torque of 102 newton meters is only reached at 3000 rpm.
The 63 and 77 kilowatt engines offer more pizazz.
The interior is pretty snazzy. Part of the dashboard sports the colour of the exterior. In this case, the cockpit glows with a sunny warm yellow.
Via the five-inch touch screen, you can establish a wireless connection to your smartphone. That gives it access to lots of apps that are preloaded on the onboard multimedia system.