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PostHeaderIcon Fiat Centoventi Concept

For its 120th birthday, Fiat went to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show to present a concept car, except it’s really not a concept car. It’s called the Centoventi Concept, which literally translates to “one hundred and twenty” in our language. It’s not the most creative concept name in the world, but it’ll do, especially when you begin to understand what it’s really all about. Fiat’s press release calls the Centoventi Concept a vehicle that “perfectly expresses the Italian brand’s idea of electric mass mobility in the near future.” What that phrase doesn’t tell you is that the Centoventi Concept is a lot more than just a representation of Fiat’s vision for its future electric. The concept is also a blank canvas that invites user customization. It’s a design-your-own ride that lets you personalize the car’s design from the ground up. Future urban mobility? Sure, the concept is that, too. But it’s really a modular platform for creativity.
The Centoventi Concept doesn’t really have a “look,” in large part because that “look” will depend on how you design it.

PostHeaderIcon Fiat Centoventi Concept

For its 120th birthday, Fiat went to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show to present a concept car, except it’s really not a concept car. It’s called the Centoventi Concept, which literally translates to “one hundred and twenty” in our language. It’s not the most creative concept name in the world, but it’ll do, especially when you begin to understand what it’s really all about. Fiat’s press release calls the Centoventi Concept a vehicle that “perfectly expresses the Italian brand’s idea of electric mass mobility in the near future.” What that phrase doesn’t tell you is that the Centoventi Concept is a lot more than just a representation of Fiat’s vision for its future electric. The concept is also a blank canvas that invites user customization. It’s a design-your-own ride that lets you personalize the car’s design from the ground up. Future urban mobility? Sure, the concept is that, too. But it’s really a modular platform for creativity.
The Centoventi Concept doesn’t really have a “look,” in large part because that “look” will depend on how you design it.

PostHeaderIcon 2019 Fiat Concept Centoventi Points to the Automaker’s Future While Celebrating its Past

Fiat is at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show with the goal of flipping the narrative in terms of electric car ownership. That “goal” arrives in the form of the Centoventi EV Concept, a futuristic interpretation of a future mass-market electric car. The Centoventi EV Concept’s existence is not only owed to Fiat’s long-awaited plans for electrification but to also celebrate the automaker’s 120th anniversary. Yes, Fiat has been around that long. Celebrations aside, Fiat aims to turn the Centoventi EV from a concept showcase of its future to an actual production model with the cheapest electric battery on the market. Whether the automaker can pull it off remains to be seen, but the important thing, at least for now, is that the wheels are in motion for that to happen.

PostHeaderIcon Abarth 595 Esseesse

Fiat will launch a new performance flagship model for the 500 range in the form of the new, 2019 Abarth 595 esseesse that’s set to debut at the 2019 Geneva motor show. The Italian brand is also not only celebrating its 120th anniversary this year but the 70th anniversary of Abarth too, hence why it’s bringing this 500 and a limited series version of the Abarth 124 roadster to the auto show.

PostHeaderIcon Abarth 124 Rally Tribute

Abarth is headed to 2019 Geneva Motor Show with a spicy special edition sports car that pays tribute to the Abarth 124 Rally racer that triumphed in the 2018 FIA R-GT Cup. The special edition 124 Spider is appropriately called the Rally Tribute Special Edition, and it packs a collection of exclusive features that celebrates its status as a tribute car to the rally racer that, in addition to winning the R-GT Cup, also collected 40 class victories in the 12 national championships in which it competed. Only 124 units of the Abarth 124 Rally Tribute will be made. Pricing and allocation details haven’t been announced, but expect the special edition 124 to fetch north of $30,000 on account of the base Abarth 124 that starts at $28,295.

PostHeaderIcon Fiat 500e

Fiat didn’t really want to make the 500e, but it was forced by emissions regulations to add a full EV to its lineup, which it reluctantly did back in 2013. The vehicle itself wasn’t received particularly well at the time, being criticized for its limited range and availability, as well as its high price – it can only be ordered in the states of California and Oregon, although there are plenty you can now buy second hand wherever you live, even in Europe where it was never intended to be sold.

Believe it or not, the 500e is still on sale and has gone essentially unchanged for the last six years, but it’s never really been that popular, an issue with which it hasn’t been helped by the constant introduction of new and better EVs. But, the 500e is not all bad, thanks to its instantly recognizable styling, peppy performance, and decent usability if you’re buying it exclusively for short journeys not too far away from a charging point.

PostHeaderIcon Is The 2018 Fiat Panda a Death Trap? Here’s the Crash Test Video

Back in 2015, EuroNCAP rated the 2014 Fiat Panda Cross with three-star safety rating. Four years before, the same organization –
the European New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP), tested the car and granted it a rather high four-star rating. Fast forward to 2018, and a recent safety evaluation tallied the Fiat Panda up as erringly bad. It received zero stars after EuroNCAP safety test performed in Brussels.

Is this now a worse car than it was before? How did it devolve? How can anyone buy it?

Well, let me tell you right away, the 2018 Fiat Panda is still the same car that it was in 2011. It did not change – at all. However, the EuroNCAP testing procedure is not the same. It is dramatically stricter, now requiring far more in terms of active safety gear. It also uses different dummies for testing (with a system that recognizes potential injuries better than before), and it tests the car for speed assistance, lane support, seat-belt reminders, and automatic emergency braking. None of this was required back in the day.

To answer the question from the title of this article I have to tell you that the latest 2018 Fiat Panda is not actually a death trap. It is just a simple city car that actually “meets or exceeds federal safety requirements in every market in which it is sold.”

PostHeaderIcon $7.2 Billion – That’s the Check FCA Gets to Cash for Offloading Magneti Marelli

This was in the to-do list for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles ever since the company’s new CEO, Mike Manley, filled the shoes of the late Sergio Marchionne. Now, the company has sold its component unit, Magneti Marelli, to Calsonic Kansei Corporation for €6.2 billion, which is approximately $7.2 Billion at current exchange rates.

PostHeaderIcon Fiat 500X

Fiat has revealed its revised 500X crossover which has been nipped and tucked for the first time since its 2014 European debut (in the US for the 2016 model year it was launched). It comes with a refreshed exterior with new front and rear light clusters, more tech, and improved engines.

PostHeaderIcon Fiat 500L S-Design

Fiat adds another name to its line of S-Design models, this time the family-friendly 500L. Based on the crossover-inspired 500L Cross, the aim of the S-Design version is to inject some extra style into the package, like it’s already done with the Tipo, 500X and 124 Spider.

PostHeaderIcon 2019 Fiat 500L S-Design Launches in the UK

Starting from next month, the British B-segment MPV buying public can get themselves a hot new Fiat. It’s the updated 2019 Fiat 500L S-Design, boasting an impressive array of special exterior and interior features. It may not be the sportiest car in its class, but the S-Design is probably the least boring. 

And that is precisely because of the S-Design treatment. The 2019 Fiat 500L S-Design comes with matt Donatello Bronze paint paired with black roof and Myron finish accents. The paint job alone sets it apart from all rivals. Then there is the dark tinted rear windows and new exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels with Myron finish. Inside the cabin you will find matt black textured dashboard with copper-coloured “500” logo, plus black techno leather inserts, double stitching and copper “500” logo. you are not going to get bored looking at this car.

The engine, too, is nice and peppy, if a bit under-powered. Fiat 500L S-Design hits UK showrooms with a 1.4-litre petrol engine with 6-speed manual transmission, producing 95hp. But what the car lacks in power, it makes up for with equipment. You get a standard Uconnect 7-inch HD LIVE touchscreen, which is Apple CarPlay ready and Android Auto compatible. The S-Design is also based on the Cross trims, so you get the raised stance and skid plates, side mouldings and wheel arch mouldings from that model as well.






2019 Fiat 500L Range UK Pricing:

Fiat 500L Urban 1.4 95hp £16,710
Fiat 500L City Cross 1.4 95hp £17,610
Fiat 500L Cross 1.4 95hp £18,710
Fiat 500L S-Design 1.4 95hp £18,610

The post 2019 Fiat 500L S-Design Launches in the UK appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Gets Juicy New Options

Maybe it hasn’t performed sales-wise as well as they were hoping, or maybe they are just being generous. Either way, the new 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth is now available with some truly awesome options. These are designed for the hard-core sports roadster fans, those who enjoy driving for its own sake. 

On the top of the list of cool options for the 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth we have the Record Monza Exhaust system. It costs $995, but the stainless steel system makes a great noise, has Dual-Mode technology, with four exits and an aggressive design. So it’s worth it, especially is you take into account the cost of a decent aftermarket exhaust.

The we have the Veleno Appearance Group for 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth. The styling kit includes red exterior mirror caps, a red lower fascia lip and a red front tow hook. Inside, Abarth-branded carpeted floor mats and a bright foot rest highlight the signature Abarth racing heritage. Veleno by the way is Italian for ‘poison’ so there’s that. it costs $495 MSRP. Besides that, there is a $295 MSRP “Double Rally Stripe” package available in either white or red; and multi-colored “Retro Stripe” in both white/gray and red/gray combinations.

2019 Abarth 124 Spider starts from $30,000. It is powered by a 164 horsepower and benefits from Bilstein sport suspension, mechanical limited-slip differential, front strut tower bar, and Sport Mode selector.






The post 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Gets Juicy New Options appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Fiat 500L and 500X Get Chrome Appearance Package

Just a clarification before we begin, they don’t actually call this new treatment the Chrome Appearance Package but Chrome Appearance Group. But we think that’s stupid,so we’re going to stick with package, which is the form the new options available for Fiat 500L and 500X came in. 

So, the Chrome Appearance Package for Fiat 500X and 500L, what does it consist of? Let’s begin with the Fiat 500L, for which the treatment costs $495. The L’s chrome pack includes front-fascia chrome accents, rear-reflector chrome bezels, body-side molding chrome accents, fog lamps and 17-inch aluminum wheels with black pockets. You can order this pack for models based on the Pop trim, and if you choose a good color, it can make a big difference in the car’s appearance.

As for the more handsome, sportier Fiat 500X, the chrome appearance package is satin, and features satin chrome accents on exterior mirrors, door handles, body-side molding, fog lamp bezels, front fascia, front and rear badges, liftgate handle, tail lamp bezels and satin silver roof rails, plus the Pop trim’s fog and cornering lamps, automatic headlamps and 17-inch aluminum wheels. The pack costs $395 on all-wheel-drive models or $695 on front-wheel-drive models. But the effect it results in is totally worth the money.

“The Fiat 500X offers all-wheel-drive confidence, five-passenger seating and best-in-class standard torque,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The Fiat 500L is powered by a MultiAir Turbo engine and features a spacious, flexible interior with a nearly 360-degree view. Our new Chrome Appearance Groups give each of these Italian-designed, fun-to-drive vehicles a sleek, refined, custom look.”

The post Fiat 500L and 500X Get Chrome Appearance Package appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Fiat 500 Spiaggina by Garage Italia and Pinninfarina

Marking the 60th anniversary since the unveiling of the first special edition car based on the model 500 – the 500 Jolly, known as “Spiaggina,” Fiat showcased their new limited edition of the latest Fiat 500. Called the Fiat 500 Spiaggina ’58, the new model is limited to 1958 units. A number which is an homage to the year Fiat showcased the original 500 Jolly, a car adored by rich and famous of the time.

However, apart from Fiat showcasing a rather cool Spiaggina ‘58 production model based on the 500C with a 1.2-liter, 69 horsepower engine, Garage Italia and Pininfarina prepared their own celebration model. It is a better one.

PostHeaderIcon Fiat 500 Spiaggina ‘58 Is a Birthday Gift for the Cinquecento

There are so many different variants and editions of the Fiat 500 (Cinquecento) that pretty much everyday is a birthday for one of them. This time we’re celebrating the Bday of the 500 Jolly Spiaggina, the first special series of the 500, with the 2019 Fiat 500 Spiaggina ‘58.

Marking the 60th anniversary of the original, the new Fiat 500 Spiaggina ‘58 is a limited edition of just 1,958 cars as an homage to the year the edition was first released. It comes with an exclusive Volare Blue livery, with ivory soft-top, featuring white belt liner and the vintage-design 16-inch alloy wheels. The ensemble is then complemented with chromed door mirror covers, vintage Fiat logos and the chromed “Spiaggina ’58” badge.

Volare Blue is also featured inside the two-tone cabin of Fiat 500 Spiaggina ‘58. It is paired with grey striped base and ivory upper section, plus special floor mats and a steering wheel with a vintage fiat badge. The retro-cool design houses some advanced features though, as the Spiaggina features Uconnect 7-inch HD LIVE touchscreen radio, TomTom navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rain and dusk sensors, automatic air-conditioning and rear parking sensors, all standard. Powering this cute little Italian is a 1.2-litre 69hp petrol engine.








Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat & Abarth brand, explains: “The new “Spiaggina ’58” is our gift to 500 for its birthday and the 60th anniversary of the “Spiaggina”, a real “time machine” incorporating many reminders of the Dolce Vita era, such as the vintage Fiat logos and wheels, the white belt liner, the choice of convertible format only and the two-tone interior. Not to mention a special colour just for this series: Volare Blue. A name and a colour that take us straight back to 1958, to the Sanremo Festival of that year, when a young Domenico Modugno teamed up with Johnny Dorelli to give the first public performance of “Nel blu dipinto di blu”, the famous song also known as “Volare”, the soundtrack for the Dolce Vita years.”

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PostHeaderIcon Chrysler isn’t on the Chopping Block Yet; Fiat to Retreat, Become Euro-Only EV Brand

FCA’s investor meeting has taken place, and the official word is that Chrysler will carry on as a North-American.-only brand and Fiat will become a Euro-only EV brand. To take things even further, a company spokesperson has also said that Dodge won’t be killed off either. That’s a pretty bold move from FCA considering how unpopular Chrysler and Fiat have become here. What happens with these brands next, however, will determine whether or not they’ll continue to stick around long term.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2106 – 2019 Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 might be a bit unconventional by modern styling trends, but it has its own loyal following. Never has that been more evident than when we look at its sales figures, which have exceeded more than 1.5-million units sold since 2007. Needless to say, it’s an old favorite among its followers and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere soon. It was updated for the 2016 model year and will probably get a revamp in the near future. Until then, we want to cater to our 500 fanboys out there and declare the Fiat 500 our wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked our favorite, but there’s plenty more in the gallery at the bottom of this page if you find yourself wanting a little more. Go ahead and snag them up – they are free!

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider

The Fiat 124 Spider name has a rather long life on the market after it was conceived in 1966 but it was killed off back in 1982, and we thought we were never going to see the name again. Then, Mazda decided to put out a new MX-5 Miata and, naturally, that chassis was shared with Fiat, giving the brand the ability to resurrect the name of a classic. Some might consider the 124 a rebadged Mazda, but anyone who knows Fiat knows better. This car has its own style, personality, and history, giving it more than enough to stand out in the crowd as its own model. The problem is that we haven’t given the 124 much love lately, so we decided to give it some screen time as our wallpaper of the day here at Top Speed, and we think it’s worthy of some screen time on your desktop too. So go ahead and pick one. Or pick five – there are plenty in the gallery below the one we hand-picked as our favorite.

PostHeaderIcon Fiat 124 Spider S-Design

Revived in 2016, 50 years after its iconic predecessor first hit the streets, the Fiat 124 Spider was the first compact to challenge the popular Mazda MX-5 Miata after many years. Ironically, the Italian roadster sits on the same underpinnings as the Miata, as Mazda and FCA co-developed most of the chassis. But the 124 Spider received its very own styling — some say that it looks more elegant than the Miata — and borrowed its engines from other Fiat models. And unlike the Mazda, it uses turbocharged units too. With less than two years on the market, the 124 Spider lineup has already expanded to include various trims, an Abarth model, and even a racing version. At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Fiat launched yet another variant, the 124 Spider S-Design.

If you’re tempted to think about Audi S-Line models, you’re not doing it wrong. The S-Design package is somewhat similar, adding extra features inside and out. The exterior is slightly sportier and boasts an exclusive set of wheels, while the cabin gets extra standard equipment that enhances luxury and comfort. Was another package necessary with so many trims and special-edition versions already available? Not exactly, but this is what keeps the market going and the customers coming into dealerships. Let’s find out more about the S-Design upgrade below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Fiat 124 Spider S-Design.

What Makes the Fiat 124 Spider S-Design Special?

  • Polished steel details
  • Exclusive 17-inch wheels
  • Chrome rims
  • Red side sill stripe
  • Standard foglamps
  • Tricolor badge
  • Chrome exhaust pipes
  • Leather seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Mp3 radio with USB

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“The Italian drop-top gets a bit of extra sheen by means of polished steel finish roll bar, A-pillar, and mirror caps”

The S-Design model isn’t exactly easy to spot, so you have to pay attention to a few carefully placed details. For starters, the Italian drop-top gets a bit of extra sheen by means of polished steel finish roll bar, A-pillar, and side mirror caps. The wheels are also exclusive to this model. Measuring 17 inches, the come in a lightweight, twin-spoke design. The rims are wrapped in chrome, adding a dash of elegance to the convertible.

Above the side sills, there’s a red stripe that draws attention to the 124’s low center of gravity and the seating position. It goes well with the white presentation model, but it might not be a good idea on a red car. Hopefully, Fiat offers this stripe in other colors as well. Speaking of which, the S-Design model also sports a tricolor badge on the rear fascia, complemented by dual chrome exhaust pipes. Up front, the foglamps are included as standard equipment.


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“Inside the cabin, the S-Design comes with a bunch of extra standard features”

Inside the cabin, everything remains familiar, but the S-Design comes with a bunch of extra standard features. Go with this trim and you’ll get leather wrapped seats and steering wheel, automatic climate control, cruise control, and the Keyless Go system. An mp3 radio unit with USB port and four speakers is also included. Safety has been enhanced too, with four airbags included at no additional cost.

The drivetrain remains standard in the S-Design, which is equipped with the same turbocharged, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine as the regular 124 Spider. Output is rated at 140 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque, which converts to 138 horses and 177 pound-feet of U.S. folks. Both the six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available.


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“The drivetrain remains standard in the S-Design, which is equipped with the same 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine as the regular 124 Spider”

As you might have already guessed, performance numbers remain unchanged. When equipped with the manual gearbox, the 124 Spider charges from 0 to 62 mph in 7.5 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 215 kph (134 mph). The automatic transmission makes the roadster a bit slower, with a 0-to-62 mph time of 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 214 kph (133 mph). The suspension setup is again standard with a double-wishbone layout at the front and a multi-link to the rear. Combined with the responsive steering and the electric power assist system, it delivers greater stability while braking and turning.

Pricing information for the S-Design model is not yet available, but it shouldn’t be much more expensive than the trim it is based on.

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PostHeaderIcon Fiat 500 Abarth

Without a doubt, the Fiat 500 is an absolutely iconic automobile. First rolling off the production line way back in 1957, this tiny little go-getter found owners across Italy, eventually selling nearly 4 million units by the time it was discontinued in 1975. In 2007, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reintroduced the nameplate as a modern front-engine, FWD city car, infusing it with as much charm and fun as possible in an attempt to rekindle the old Cinquecento flame. Although bigger and heavier than those first 500’s, the new model managed to offer some real smiles behind the wheel, especially with the go-faster Abarth versions. Taking cues from the old school sport models, the new 500 Abarth gets more power, firmer suspension, and nippier steering, not to mention every aesthetic performance nod possible in such a small package. Fast forward to today, and the entire Fiat 500 lineup was upgraded for the 2018 model year with a turbo engine and a new look, but the fastest and most aggressive of the bunch remains the Abarth model. Upgrades over the normal 500 once again include all the right stuff – big wheels, big brakes, hard suspension, and more power, not to mention the requisite go-faster stripes in the flanks.

All told, the Fiat 500 remains a quirky and fun little city car with a decent splash of performance, a modern take on a classic micro machine. However, with so many other killer hot hatches on the market, such as the Ford Fiesta ST and Mini Cooper S, can the 500 Abarth keep pace, or has the scorpion lost some of its sting?

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Fiat 500 Abarth.

Fiat 500 Abarth Exterior

  • Small, rounded, bubbly features
  • Three-door hatchback or two-door cab body styles
  • Multiple scorpion badges front to back
  • Standard 16-inch wheels
  • Growling Italian exhaust note
  • Good variety of customization options
  • Flat-black aero enhancements
  • Smaller than a Mini Cooper

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“The Fiat 500 Abarth remains small, rounded, and bubbly, with a smiling fascia and “watch me strut” kind of attitude. If there were ever an automotive equivalent of an excited little dog, this would be it.”

In terms of exterior styling, the 2018 Fiat 500 Abarth looks more or less the same as the outgoing model. It’s still small, rounded, and bubbly, with a smiling fascia and “watch me strut” kind of attitude. If there were ever an automotive equivalent of an excited little dog, this would be it.

For the 2018 model year, buyers can still opt into either a three-door hatchback coupe, or a two-door cabriolet body style. Both are quite good, with the coupe being the more serious performer of the two, and the cab being the more fun-loving option.

In front, we find rounded headlights with black trim around the projectors. Rounded fog lights can be found just under the main headlights housings, while along the nose there’s a chrome stripe and a yellow/red Abarth badge (the first of many). Lower in the fascia, the intake gets a black insert with a honeycomb design made from plastic, as well as a small diffuser-type element jutting out from the chin. Faux vents are placed in the sides of the bumper.

Moving into the flanks of the vehicle, we get a better sense for the 500 Abarth’s rounded aesthetic. The roof line on the coupe leads the eye rearwards, giving it a sense of forward momentum that’s only enhanced by the window line. Black trim is used for the window surrounds. Offsetting it all is a cool go-faster stripe between the wheel wells, under which you’ll find standard 16-inch rollers with a Hyper Black finish and aluminum construction. Buyers can also upgrade to 17-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels if desired, with 12 spokes finished in bronze or hyper black. Red brake calipers at all four corners add even more color. Don’t forget another scorpion badge ahead of the rear wheel at the waist line.


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“New for the 2018 model year is the addition of three new exterior colors, including Brillante Red, Mezzanotte Blue Pearl, and Vesuvio Black Pearl.”

When viewed from the rear, the Fiat 500 Abarth coupe’s hatchback-ness becomes quite evident. The rear door stands tall and proud, while the upright taillight housings enhance the sense of height. A rear spoiler seems to sprout from the trailing roof edge, while further chrome detailing was added above the license plate frame and the third scorpion badge. Facing the ground is a diffuser element in black, which houses the dual chrome exhaust tips. Word has it the specially tuned Abarth exhaust makes a loud, mean sound, almost like a mini-mite Ferrari. Oh yeah. You know you love it.

New for the 2018 model year is the addition of three new exterior colors, including Brillante Red, Mezzanotte Blue Pearl, and Vesuvio Black Pearl, which bring it up to 11 exterior colors total. Buyers can also get a two-tone color scheme that adds contrasting shades to the side-view mirrors, rear spoiler, stripes, and roof. Several different stripe colors are offered as well. You can even get another Scorpion badge with the optional roof graphics, if desired.

In terms of exterior dimensions, the Fiat 500 is smaller than a Mini Cooper, which is important if you plan on driving it through congested urban areas looking for a parking spot. The 500 is also slightly taller than the U.K.-bred alternative.

Exterior Dimensions 2018 Fiat 500 Abarth Mini Cooper
Length 144.4 inches 151.1 inches
Width 64.1 inches 68 inches
Height 59.2 inches 55.7 inches
Wheelbase 90.6 inches 98.2 inches

Fiat 500 Abarth Interior

  • Several sporty cues throughout
  • Flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Rounded gauge pod
  • Small rear seats
  • Optional high-end materials and upscale features
  • Standard performance seats
  • Separate boost gauge and shift lights

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“The various buttons and vents are rounded, much like the rest of the car. The small infotainment screen sits inside a brushed metal-look surround, a material that can also be found on the door handles.”

Much like the exterior, the 2018 Fiat 500 Abarth looks more or less unchanged inside the cabin. The steering wheel is a flat-bottom, three-spoke affair with sizable hand bolsters at the 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock positions, and it’s trimmed in grippy yet soft material and lined with contrast stitching. The gauge pod consists of a single rounded gauge with further readouts on the periphery. The center console is short, providing additional knee room below, with the shifter placed a higher up than the more traditional central tunnel position. The dash is broad and covered in a high-gloss material available in a variety of different colors. The various buttons and vents are rounded, much like the rest of the car. The small infotainment screen sits inside a brushed metal-look surround, a material that can also be found on the door handles and surrounds for various other buttons.

Fiat says there’s space for four in the cabin, but the rear seats are pretty tiny, and are really only suitable for storage or moving people in a pinch. Basically, the rear bench is not a place you’d wanna find yourself with any regularity, unless of course you were able to somehow twist yourself into some kind of human pretzel.

You also might expect the Fiat 500 to be somewhat practical considering it employs that hatchback body style. However, the small exterior dimensions make the rear cargo space tiny, although it does help to fold the rear bench down. All told, it’s fine for some light grocery shopping, but it’s not gonna move around much more than that. But in all honesty, if you get something like the Fiat 500 Abarth because it’s practicality that you’re after, you’re doing it all very wrong indeed.

Moving on, the Fiat 500 Abarth can feel surprisingly upscale inside when grabbing the optional leather-trimmed seats. You can get yours with either an all-black interior, or black and red upholstery. There’s also an optional power sunroof for the hard top models.


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“Front-seated passengers will enjoy the standard performance seats, which get sizable side bolsters to stay in place while slinging around a corner during spirited driving”

Front-seated passengers will enjoy the standard performance seats, which get sizable side bolsters to stay in place while slinging around a corner during spirited driving. There are even pass-throughs for racing harnesses if you really wanna get frisky. Further accent stitching adds extra flair, while aluminum pedal covers with black rubber inserts are in the footwells for optimum grip levels during complicated heel-toe downshifts.

A rounded boost gauge is mounted just to the left of the main gauge cluster. Put it into Sport mode and the boost gauge will light up with the word “Sport.” There are also shift lights are in the main cluster to help you wring out every last rev.

On the infotainment front, the Fiat 500 Abarth utilizes a standard Uconnect platform. Navigation is optional, as is a premium sound system from Beats Audio, heated front seats, SiriusXM radio, and rubber mates with the scorpion logo.

Fiat 500 Abarth Drivetrain

  • Turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • 160 horsepower and 183 pound-feet of torque
  • 0-to-60 mph time under 7 seconds
  • Five-speed manual, or six-speed automatic

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“Properly motivated, the Fiat 500 Abarth can charge up to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds.”

Once again, the Fiat 500 Abarth continues with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine for propulsion. Unlike the original Fiat 500’s rear-engine and RWD layout, the new one mounts the motivation in front and drives the front wheels. It uses a single turbo plus intercooling, as well as a single overhead cam, 16 valves, and port fuel injection. It’s also got an iron block and and aluminum head.

Dubbed the MultiAir, the 500 Abarth’s engine creates as much as 160 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 183 pound-feet of torque at 2,400 rpm, besting the rest of the 500 line by 25 horses and 33 pound-feet of torque respectively.

Properly piloted, the Fiat 500 Abarth can charge up to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, eventually reaching its top speed of 132 mph.

A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automatic with shifter paddles is optional.

Fiat 500 Abarth Chassis And Handling

  • Low curb weight makes for big fun
  • Sporty suspension tuning
  • Electronic aides as standard
  • Free session at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving

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“Without a doubt, one of the Fiat 500 Abarth's greatest assets is its feathery curb weight, tipping the scales at just over 2,500 pounds.”

Fiat boasts that the 500 Abarth comes with a “world-class ride and track-ready durability” thanks to its upgraded performance suspension system. Complementing the set-up is three-mode electronic stability control, which adds an “innovative torque transfer (TCC) system that maximizes throttle performance during on-throttle cornering.” In addition to the lowered suspension and upgraded electronic bits, the Fiat 500 Abarth uses uber-sticky Pirelli tires.

But without a doubt, one of the Fiat 500 Abarth’s greatest assets is its feathery curb weight. Tipping the scales at just over 2,500 pounds, the Fiat is several hundred pounds lighter than the bantamweight Mini Cooper, which translates into some very tossable driving dynamics.

You can also upgrade the nut behind the wheel, as anyone who buys or leases a 500 Abarth gets a no-cost one-day session at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. We wish more makes would do this, as creating a machine that can perform on the track is one thing, but creating a driver that can make the most of it is something else entirely.

Fiat 500 Abarth Prices


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The Fiat 500 Abarth is available to order now, with arrivals expected for the second quarter of the year. Pricing starts at $19,995 for the hard top and $21,490 for the cabriolet.

Fiat 500 Abarth Competition

Mini Cooper Hardtop S


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When it comes to fun, stylish hatchbacks with loads of character and presence, the Mini Cooper is hard to beat. Like the 500, the Mini is a modern reboot of an old classic, this time hailing from the U.K. The Mini might be a bit larger than the 500, but the rest of it is as you would expect – eye-catching good looks, tossable FWD platform, and oodles of opportunities for customization. Power is provided by a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder mounted in the nose, which produces as much as 189 horsepower and mates with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox. Pricing starts at $21,600, but expect a much fatter bottom line if you even look at the options list. And yeah, you’re definitely gonna want to see the options list.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mini Cooper.

Ford Fiesta ST


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Ford has its own take on the whole entry-level hot hatch thing, and it’s called the Fiesta ST. While the name doesn’t carry quite the same level of clout as the 500 or Mini, the Fiesta still brings the goods in terms of fun, rocking a turbo-boosted 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder making 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque. Routing it to the front axle is a manual six-speed transmission as the only gearbox available. Recaro seats in the cabin hold passengers in place, while a 6.5-inch touchscreen is part of the standard equipment list. You also get the added practicality of a five-door body style. Pricing starts at $21,195.

Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Fiesta ST.

Conclusion


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When it comes to having fun behind the wheel, the hot hatch segment is where it’s at. This is where high levels of driver engagement and easy at-limit adjustments find a nice meeting point, offering the most economical smiles-per-dollar ratio you can find. To that end, the Fiat 500 Abarth ticks all the right boxes. This car is full of character, and its small, stylish charm is definitely a unique offering in the U.S. market.

That said, it’s not a perfect car. It’s a bit loud for some, the interior fit and finish isn’t the best, and the engine is a little down on power compared to rival entries from Mini and Ford. However, for some buyers, these are mere trifles compared to the feeling this plucky little three-door can give you when you find the right road on a sunny day. We’re eager to see what Fiat does with the nameplate next, but for now, we think the 500 Abarth is definitely worth a look in the segment.

  • Leave it
    • * Several very robust competitors in the segment
    • * Exhaust might be too loud for some
    • * More practical already options on the table
    • * A bit underpowered at this point
    • * Could use a more substantial refresh

References

Fiat 500


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Read our full review on the 2018 Fiat 500.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Fiat 500.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Fiat 500 Abarth.


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