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2011 Fiat 500 Sport: First Look

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The Fiat 500 is just over two months from retail sale here in the U.S., and now Chrysler has revealed the first image of the new car in Sport trim. We've already known the 500 would get an upgraded platform for the U.S., and that up to four different models would be sold, but this is our first glimpse of the actual U.S.-spec car.

The photos come from @FiatUSA on Twitter, and unsurprisingly it looks like a Fiat 500. No real differences are immediately apparent, though Fiat says the car has an upgraded exterior, including 16-inch alloy wheels which give the little car a tougher stance to match the larger grilles, slightly flared fenders and unique front and rear fascia. Performance red brake calipers, chromed exhaust tips, and gloss-black shadow-line window trim, plus a redesigned lower side sill and available SkyDome power sunroof complete the aesthetic treatment.

Power specs for the new 500 Sport haven't been released, though Fiat says it's powered by a 1.4-liter Multiair turbocharged four-cylinder. A "sport tuned" suspension should give the 500 Sport a bit more bite than the standard car, and the whole package may add up to one of the most fun small hatches available. The Ford Fiesta and Mazda2 will certainly have some competition, at the least.

The Sport will be followed by three other models, the 500 Pop, 500 Lounge, and 500C cabrio. The Cabrio will come in early 2011, while the other three models will arrive by the end of the year.

Orders for the 500 will start sometime in December.

Chrysler released a flurry of other 2011 product information today, as well. Check out our stories on the:

And from earlier in the month:

Stay tuned today across the High Gear Media auto world, here and on Twitter: @highgearmedia @carconnection @therealma @greencarreports.



[FiatUSA via Twitter]

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Comments (9)
  1. I'm calling it... this car will flop in the States. The design is already dated (and not because its retro) and it is too small and comical for any man to drive confidently.
     
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  2. Are they planning to build this car stateside? I would be worried about the parts supply chain as older fiats were a bear to maintain due to high import parts cost.
     
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  3. Older Fiats were the victim of too advanced for America and improperly trained mechanics on early fuel injection and service centers too spread out. Problem solved. This baby should get close to 50 mpg and be really peppy. Great car!
     
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  4. I got one of these when they first came out about 2 years ago. It had some of the most advanced gadgets on the market, especially for a Fiat. It has a windows mobile computer on board that connects to your phone via bluetooth, and plays your ringtone through the speakers when you have a call, and also reads aloud your sms text messages too! Also, you can plug your iPod into the USB port, and control it via the steering wheel, or if you are anti-apple, like me, you can just stick a USB memory stick into it!
    YOU DO NOT GET THIS LEVEL OF GADGET WIZARDRY WITH MANY CARS, ESPECIALLY FOR £11,000.
    Over the past 2 years these cars have taken over the UK, and I am very sure they'll do the same in the US.
    Forget "Americans on buy this..., Americans only buy that..."
    When you have quality, it will always sell!
    In the UK, the 1.4 turbo model is badged up as an Abarth, not a Fiat. Michael Schumacher owns one ;o)
     
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  5. Chrysler is relying on v-8 power trains but that's going to bite them in the arse because that's unrealistic this vehicle had better spell a move towards fuel economy across the vehicle range or they are doomed! This is their future multi air engines, lightweight power trains, etc...
     
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  6. What kind of fuel mileage are you talkin? Do you have multi air engine?
     
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  7. "Are they planning to build this car stateside? I would be worried about the parts supply chain as older fiats were a bear to maintain due to high import parts cost."
    Not sure you understand the process of providing service parts. It has nothing to do where the car is made, as they don't just pick service parts off the line. The parts come from all over the world, no matter where the car's final assembly might be.
     
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  8. Earth to Euro anybody home? Just kidding. The thing looks like it melted on the way out of the factory but I'd own one in a heartbeat for that multi air engine and handling alone!
     
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  9. This car will do well in the Sates especially in California..I can't wait to get my hands on one. The Fiat 500 is here to stay. It will be the next like the Mini or the Smart and creeping into the Scion market as well. Bigger is not always better when it comes to cars..
     
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