Fiat demonstrated how advanced tech could improve even a low-budget model, outfitting its 500 Turbo and Abarth with LCD instrument clusters at the New York auto show.
At the Concorso Italiano in Monterey, Calif. today, Fiat announced an additional version of its diminutive 500 model, a turbo version with 135 horsepower.
A turbocharger, closer gear ratios, and suspension tuning make the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth ridiculously fun to drive, but it takes the TomTom navigation option to overcome problems with the cabin tech interface.
The newest version of Fiat's retro 500 pumps up the horsepower and the handling, gearing toward pure, juvenile enjoyment.
The Fiat 500 with a whole new attitude: all'arrabiatta.
Fiat strapped a turbocharger to the 500's engine and tuned the suspension, turning the stylish little Italian city car into a loud little beast.
In early November, Las Vegas will be home to one of the world's most interesting motor shows, SEMA. Not a display of the latest cars, but a gathering of more than 2,000 global tuning companies and 60,000 delegates checking in to see what's hot in the world of modified cars.
The small and economical Fiat 500 marks a mild return for the brand to the U.S., but the Abarth version adds a much more aggressive note, and will give enthusiasts a reason to drive Italian.
With the arrival of the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth, it looks like I'll get exactly what I want from the 500 chassis: lots more power and much more fun.
It just takes a few random presses of a smartphone's buttons to buy a 1962 Austin Healey for $225. Oddly, dad is keeping it.