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Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari

The Italian tuner Abarth will be participating at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the second year in a row and for this occasion they will bring this 695 Tributo Ferrari, based on the tiny Fiat 500. The car is powered by a 4-cylinder 1.4-liter engine that produces 180 PS @ 5,500 rpm and has a peak torque of 250 Nm which is available at 3,000 rpm.

Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari

With this power under its hood, the car can do the 0-62 mph sprint in less than 7 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 140 mph (225 km/h). The fuel consumption for the 695 Tributo Ferrari is rated at 6.5 liters / 100 km.

Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari

Aside from this model, Abarth will also bring to Goodwood and the open-top 500C fitted with the manual transmission which up until now was available only with the “Competizione” paddle-shift semi-automatic gearbox. In addition, the tuner will also exhibit the Punto Evo esseesse.

Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari

Source: Abarth via Carscoop

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Fiat 500 150th Limited Edition

In 2011, Italy celebrates 150th years since the unification and in order to celebrate this important milestone, Fiat has revealed a lot of anniversary editions for most of its models. Their latest one is a South Africa-only Fiat 500 special edition.

Fiat 500 150th Limited Edition

Dubbed the 150th, customers will be able to choose from one of the three colors available: Funk White, Pasadoble Red or Bossa Nova White. The cars will get bespoke 15-inch alloys and special badging.

Fiat 500 150th Limited Edition

As far as the interior cabin is concerned, the Fiat 500 150th limited edition gets two-tone sport seats, special floor mats and an updated instrument cluster.

The car is motivated by a 1.4-liter power unit that produces 100 hp (101 PS / 74 kW) and has a peak torque of 97 lb.-ft (131 Nm), enough for a 0-62 mph sprint in 10.5 seconds and a top speed of 113 mph (182 km/h).

Fiat 500 150th Limited Edition

Fiat is going to make only 28 units of this model and the starting price will be R152, 480 (including taxes).

Source: Fiat via WCF

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Motore Centrale R230

There are plenty of tuning programs out there for the Fiat 500, including performance upgrades for the Abarth version. Another one is in the works and promises to be the most radical. Dubbed the “Motore Centrale R230”, it no longer has the engine in the front of the passenger compartment, but behind it, which means that it will be a mid-engined, rear-drive car, pretty close to the original 500 model, offering improved performance dynamics.

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Fiat 500 by Gucci

Special editions are becoming the choice for many car manufactures in their search of increasing sales. Fiat teamed up with Gucci for the 500 model, celebrating Italy’s 150th anniversary since the unification and Gucci’s 90th anniversary. With two reasons to celebrate, the Fiat 500 by Gucci was announced and it will have its official debut next week at the 81st edition of the Geneva Motor Show.

Fiat 500 by Gucci

The limited edition 500 was customized by Frida Gianni, Gucci’s Creative Director, in partnership with the automaker’s Centro Stile. The tiny car will be available in two flavors, with a white exterior paint and satin chrome detailing, and ivory and black interior or in a black with detailing in shiny chrome, and a two-tone black and white interior.

Fiat 500 by Gucci

Both of them will get 16-inch alloy rims covered by 195/45 R16 tires with the hubcaps featuring the interlocking “GG” logo in the same color as the car, plus Gucci’s signature on the rear hatch and B-column, and the fashion house’s signature green-red-green stripe, that runs along the entire perimeter of the car. The Fiat 500 fitted with the 1.4-liter engine that outputs 100 hp will also have Gucci green-painted rear brake calipers.

Fiat 500 by Gucci

Starting with April 1st until June 30th, the Fiat 500 by Gucci will be available exclusively by pre-order online and will have a base price of $23,000 in Italy. The regular sales will commence in Europe this July, while the rest of the world will have to wait until the end of this year.

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Romeo Ferraris 500C Abarth

In order to celebrate its 52th anniversary, Romeo Ferraris has decided to launch a special edition of the 500C Abarth. Dubbed Abarth 500C Anniversario, this tiny car comes with a performance upgrade that makes the engine produce 200 hp (203 PS / 149 kW) from the series’ 138 hp (140 PS / 103 kW). This extra power was obtained by remapping the ECU, installing a new turbine along with a new exhaust and a sport air filter.

Romeo Ferraris 500C Abarth

Romeo Ferraris also added new Brembo performance brakes, a mechanical limited-slip differential and a new suspension kit. The car now rolls on 8×17-inch wheels and has a two-tone chrome finish in a silver & red scheme.

Romeo Ferraris 500C Abarth

As far as the inside of the car is concerned, the red chrome trim is complemented by a black leather finish with diamond stitching.

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Fiat 500 US-Spec

After launching the standard version of the Fiat 500 in the United States, the Italian automaker has decided to bring the sporty 500 Abarth along with the Cabrio and an EV version to complete the lineup. This announcement is a major step for Fiat as they are not only expanding their sales in North America, but also the manufacturing infrastructure.

Fiat 500 US-Spec

Just like the standard version, these new models will be assembled in Mexico unlike in the past when they shipped the cars from Italy to the US. The North American-spec models will be geared for the local consumer. The 1.4-liter Multi-Air engine of the standard 500 is built in the US, at a Chrysler plant located in Michigan.

The 500 Abarth and the 500C Abarth will have a 1.4-liter turbocharged power unit that produces 138 hp (140 PS / 103 kW) and 152 lb.-ft (206 Nm) of torque.

The price for the 500 Abarth will start from approximately $19,000.

We’ll let you know once we find out more about these three new Fiat 500s.

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The U.S.-spec Fiat 500 was recently launched and with this occasion, Fabio Dimuro, the company’s Chief Engineer, explained to the present journalists the main differences and changes in comparison with the European model. Some of the changes include: 6-speed automatic gearbox, more insulation for reducing the noise level of the powertrain from 76 db to 71 db, the 1.4-liter engine now features a MultiAir intake and other modifications as well.

We’ll let Fabio Dimuro to tell you what’s what.


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2012 Fiat 500

The US-spec Fiat 500 got a 38 mpg on the highway EPA rating, making the car rank near the top of the non-hybrid small vehicle mpg standings, although it hasn’t reached the 40 mpg milestone. This mileage is available with the 5-speed manual transmission which will allow the 500 to do 30 mpg in the city and 33 mpg combined. These figures put the tiny Fiat 500 along with the Mini, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Elantra, Honda Fit and the Ford Fiesta.

2012 Fiat 500

According to Fiat, they think that most of the 500s sold will be with a 6-speed automatic gearbox, which allows the car to do 27 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined. The production for the cars fitted with a manual gearbox started at the beginning of 2011 in Mexico, at Fiat’s factory in Toluca, where they also plan to make the Dodge Journey-based Freemont crossover. At the beginning of this week they started making the automatic transmission versions and about 130 of the designated Fiat dealers are starting to receive cars for marketing purposes which they’ll show to potential buyers. The automatic 500 will be available in larger volumes starting with this March.

Laura Soave, head of Fiat North America, said that approximately 130 dealerships will be opened until late-March while the rest of the dealers will open their doors by year-end.

2012 Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 which is known by the Italians as the Cinquecento is available in three trim levels. The entry-level model dubbed Pop has a base price of $15,995. The Sport version costs $17,995 while the top-of-the-range model will set you back $19,995 with the destination fee included. According to Fiat, they believe that the Sport version will be the most popular among customers.

In order to make the 500 more appealing to the US market, they added the aforementioned automatic gearbox to boost sales. In addition, the North American-spec version rides more smoothly and is quieter in comparison to its European sibling. This extra quietness was possible thanks to the extra sound insulation in the 500’s body structure and powertrain, including here a large plastic engine cover which you won’t find in the European version.

2012 Fiat 500

The ride quality of this small Fiat was boosted with the help of a new, beefed up rear axle, which according to the Italian automaker is 300% stiffer than the European-spec model. The most important difference between the two models is the 1.4-litre FIRE power unit which is fitted with the company’s Multiair system. According to the automaker, this system which is capable of regulating the intake valves in order to guarantee maximum fuel efficiency and hp under most conditions, will improve fuel economy and power by 10% in comparison with the same engine that doesn’t have the Multiair system.

This US-spec engine is manufactured at Chrysler’s factory, located in Dundee, Mich. The power unit outputs 101 hp @ 6,500 rpm and 98 lb.-ft @ 4,000 rpm. The Fiat 500 benefits from a 4-year / 50,000 miles warranty.

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A very rich Chinese business man just ordered a Fiat 500 which isn’t something news-worthy. What we didn’t tell you is that this Fiat 500 costs 500,000 Euros and it is done in diamonds and gold. The car we are talking about was commissioned from Fenice Milano, which is an Italian design house that labeled the car “La Dolce Vita Gold and Diamonds 200 hp”.

And by gold we mean that the outside of the 500 features 24K gold particles in the special golden pearlescent white paint. In addition, there is also a gold thread finish to the hood also. That very wealthy Chinese business man will also get a diamond-encrusted IPad which was “accessorized” by the English house Stuart Hughes who named it – the Ipad Supreme Edition.

Inside this tiny and very expensive Fiat 500 there will be teak carpeting, leather and teak steering wheel with 24K gold controls. The instrument panel features a gold frame and the entire dashboard also benefits from 24K gold inserts which will be handcrafted by the artisans at Fenice Milano. The seats of the car are natural-colored Alcantara and have hand-stitched full grain leather for ultimate comfort.

The car itself is based on a Fiat 500C Abarth that has been customized by Romeo Ferraris who were able to up the power to 200 hp (147 kW) by using a new ECU unit as well as a new sport exhaust system and a boosted turbo. For the front axle, the car uses a Brembo kit with adjustable dampers.

Do all of the aforementioned worth 500,000 Euros? No.

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Novitec Fiat 500 Abarth

A few weeks ago, the aftermarket specialists from Novitec launched their upgrade program details of the Fiat 500 Abarth. This isn’t their first take on the 500, as in 2008 Novitec launched a tuning program for the non-Abarth 500. The Novitec Fiat 500 Abarth is powered by the same 1.4-liter T-Jet 4-cylinder engine but is fitted with the NT4-CORSE power kit. With this kit, the engine is capable of producing 57 kW / 77 hp more than the standard 156 kW / 212 hp and a 325 Nm torque achieved at 3,400 rpm. The tuning program is available also with power outputs starting from 121 kW / 164 hp.

The kit for the 57 kW / 77 hp will set you back 3,016 Euros and consists of a special turbocharger, an optimized air-cleaner box with a sport air-filter cartridge, a special fuel pressure control, larger injection nozzles, the NOVITEC CORSE high performance exhaust system and a more efficient fresh air supply. More than that, the electronics of the Fiat 500 Abarth have been upgraded with the addition of the NOVITEC POWERJET 2 auxiliary control unit.

With this power increase, the Fiat 500 Abarth is able to do the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 6.8 seconds and can reach a respectable top speed of 223 km/h. The torque has also increased from the standard 206 Nm to 325 Nm @ 3,400 rpm. The tuning program offers the NOVITEC stainless-steel sport mufflers and the high performance exhaust systems that are available with either one or two tailpipes (available in various shapes), giving the Abarth 500 a very exciting look in the back, an optimized performance and a more powerful engine.

For the turbocharged model, NOVITEC offers some upgrades to the suspension of the car. Some of these modifications include the sport springs that will lower the 500’s height by approximately 35 mm, as well as the adjustable sport suspension that is made out of stainless steel and it features stiffer gas-pressure shocks, allowing a more agile handling.

Novitec Fiat 500 Abarth

The tuning program for the car also includes the custom one-piece N10 light alloy rims that are available in either 17-inch or 18-inch dimensions. The rims are wrapped in 215/40 R 17 tires, for both front and back wheels. As an optional feature, the rims can be purchased with a silver polish or they can have a matte black pattern. The starting price for these wheels is 1,106 Euros (including tires).

Some exterior upgrades will come with this tuning package, like the front spoiler lip which is made from carbon and is attached to the underside of the normal front fascia. The refined shape of the front spoiler offers important aerodynamic advantages, reducing the lift on the car’s front axle and further improves the stability of the direction at high speeds. To complete the sporty looks of the Novitec Abarth Fiat 500 Abarth, the lateral turn signals are black-tinted.

According to the NOVITEC press release, further tuning options for the Fiat 500 Abarth are in preparation and the company also offers a comprehensive customization program for all of the car’s versions.

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After a lot of talk, Fiat and Chrysler have officially revealed the American version of the popular Fiat 500 city car.

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you will know that the compact model will be appearing in dealerships later this year, and set its sights on the Mini Cooper.

Not a lot of details were revealed, except that it will be offered in three versions, the aforementioned Sport, Pop and Lounge. How they will be differentiated has also been left unexplained.

For what it’s worth, the Fiat 500 Sport will be powered by the turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder engine. It will feature a sunroof, 16-inch alloy wheels and colored brake calipers.

Expect more details in the following weeks.


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Right before the start of the Formula 1 Italian GP, held at the Monza circuit, Fiat’s performance division, Abarth, decided to award the drivers of the Ferrari F1 team with something a bit more special than a Maserati GranCabrio, for instance.

Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa both got a new Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari model.

While you may scoff at the thought of them driving a modified Fiat 500 when they’re more used with the monster F1 machines, bear in mind that the 695 has an upgraded 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, capable of 180 HP. The cars are also decorated, as you can see, in Scuderia Red with Racing grey stripes.

If you’d like a go in such a model, be prepared to pay around $47,000, as the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari wants to live up to its name and the exclusivity it demands.

Source: Abarth

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Fiat has some huge plans for the USA later this year, when it will officially launch the diminutive 500 city car onto US soil.

According to a report from the Associated Press, the Italian company wants to sell around 50,000 500 models in 2011, matching the sales of its nearest rival, Mini.

How will it do that? First it will use the capacity of Chrysler’s Toluca plant in Mexico to the fullest, in order to ensure a steady stream of models coming into US dealerships.

Speaking of dealers, Fiat has already announced that it has secured over 165 locations all over the USA, most of them already having Chrysler franchises.

Without a doubt the Fiat 500 will be a best seller, especially in urban environments, but we’re not so sure it can match up to Mini sales in its first full year. What do you think? Is the 500 going to be welcomed with open arms by Americans?


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A new rumor is coming fresh from Italy, concerning Fiat’s performance division, Abarth.

It seems that even though the brand has confirmed that it will manufacture a dedicated sportscar in two years time, it will also present a more hardcore coupe (speedster) version of the existing Fiat 500 city car.

The model is expected to hit before the dedicated sportscar, and, according to Autocar, will take cues from the 1959 Zagato Abarth 750 T model. As such, expect an elongated body, with a more aggressive design.

The British magazine also suggests that it will arrive in two versions, a hardtop and a convertible. Basically the Abarth 500 Coupe will act like a halo car for the rest of the 500 range.

Powerful engines are already rumored, like the 178 HP 1.4-liter T-Jet or the 178 HP 1.4-liter MultiAir, currently used by the Abarth Punto Evo.

Even though we don’t know a lot about this new version, knowing what Abarth is capable of, we’re extremely interested to find out more in the following months.


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What does the Fiat 500 range need even more than those performance Abarth versions? Why yet another special edition.

This time, Fiat is following the matte black trend, and has unveiled the new 500 Blackjack edition.

Besides the dark paint scheme, you will find glossy accents on the door handles and mirror housings, as well as a set of 16-inch alloy wheels complete with red brake calipers. For the inside, the Italian carmaker fitted leather upholstery as well as aluminum inserts and trim.

There are plenty of choices in terms of engines though, as four different units can be ordered for the 500 Blackjack. First off, the gasoline camp enjoys the new 84 HP 900cc TwinAir unit, a 69 HP 1.2-liter and a 100 HP 1.4-liter. Diesel fans will be able to order the 95 HP 1.3-liter MultiJet II engine.

Only ‘select’ European markets will receive the Fiat 500 Blackjack special edition, with prices around €18,000 ($23,250).


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