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Melanie’s got a new motor

TV star and model Melanie Sykes has taken delivery of a sporty Abarth 500C.

The new presenter of BT Sport’s MotoGP TV, who’s previously owned a Fiat 500C, wanted another, but with the added performance the 140bhp Abarth can offer.

“Having owned the Fiat 500C before, I knew I wanted to go back into a convertible, but I also had my eye on an Abarth,” explained Melanie. “So when Abarth told me there was 500C version, I was really excited. And just look at it – it’s fabulous.”

The 43-year-old tweeted a snap of her new car, writing: “Cheeky little Abarth 500c #beepbeep it be mine X”.

She then added: “Did I tell ya I’d got a new car! Lolzy dead giddy. Xxxxx #wheels”.

A 1.4-litre turbo-charged engine gives the Abarth 500C a top speed of 128mph and a 0-62mph time of just 8.1 seconds. It costs £16,055 (manual) and £17,355 (Competizione gearbox). No word on Mel’s discount…

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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