FIAT 500 News

  • 2013 Fiat 500c Abarth

    Love the Fiat 500 Abarth but really want to get an open-air driving experience? Well then, Fiat has just the thing for you as it's revealing the 2013 500c Abarth, where the c stands for cabriolet. Basically, take the sliding soft-top from the 500c, put it on a 500 Abarth, and you have the right idea. Powertrain-wise, the 500c Abarth features the same MultiAir 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, rated at 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, as the 500 Abarth gets. Power is sent to the front wheels through a five-speed manual transmission, with no automatic or dual-clutch...

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    2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio Teased In New Video

    Formula 1 is in the U.S. for the first time in five years this weekend, and it's already leading to the product tie-ins. No, we're not complaining. In this video you see the first footage of the Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio, due to be unveiled at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in just under two weeks...

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    Fiat Starts Custom Shop For U.S. 500 Buyers

    One of the keys to MINI’s success in the United States is the vast amount of customization available on its cars. While it’s theoretically possible to spec a MINI Cooper that’s identical to a car ordered by another buyer, we’d have to rate the chances on the same level as...

  • Matteo Romano talks about the Magneti Marelli Fiat 500 Abarth
    Fiat Shows Off The Magneti Marelli Fiat 500 Abarth At SEMA: Video

    Like all cars with a passionate fan base, Fiat’s 500 revival makes a great blank canvas for customization. Even from the show room floor, there are 500 models to satisfy the needs of most buyers, from those concerned primarily with fuel economy (the base 500) to those who spend weekends on an...

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    Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio And 500E Confirmed For L.A. Auto Show

    Fiat is about to add two more members to its 500 family in the form of a new Fiat 500 Abarth Cabriolet and 500E electric car. The cars will be revealed for the first time at next month’s 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, with inventory (hopefully) arriving in showrooms shortly after. We’ve...

  • Abarth Fuori Serie based on the Fiat 500
    Abarth Previews 'Fuori Serie' Personalization Service With Custom Fiat 500

    Abarth, the performance division at Fiat, is out to show that even buyers of humble cars like the 500 minicar can enjoy the kinds of vehicle personalization that we’re accustomed to seeing on supercars. We were given a taste of what to expect with the limited edition Abarth 695 models...

  • Fiat 500 Abarth at the Targa Newfoundland

    Ever since we drove the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth back in March, we've been fans of the peppy pint-sized pavement pounder. With 160 horsepower from its turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder, a surprisingly ferocious growl, and a surprisingly low price, it's a relative performance bargain. But is it up to the task of modern motorsport? Fiat 500s of the past, especially Abarth-tuned models, were all over the world of racing, and Fiat wants to revive that spirit with an appearance at the 2012 Targa Newfoundland, taking place this week, September 8-15. The car is being campaigned by Samuel Hubinette and Jen...

  • Jay Leno thanks the winning bidder for his generosity
    Jay Leno's 2012 Fiat 500 Sells For $350k At Charity Auction

    When you’re Jay Leno, taking delivery of the first or second customer car in country is generally as easy as picking up the phone and saying, “I’ll need one of those for my collection, as close to the first production model as possible.” Such was the case with The Tonight...

  • 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo debut live at the Concorso Italiano
    2013 Fiat 500 Turbo Live At Concorso Italiano: Gallery

    The Fiat 500 Turbo aims for the sweet spot between the relatively hardcore Abarth and the standard 500: More pep, less harshness. It does it all for a starting price of just $20,200, making its made its debut at the Concorso Italiano this week. Whether the Fiat 500 Turbo will meet your needs in its...

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    2013 Fiat 500 Turbo Preview

    We knew it was coming, but now it’s official; the 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo has made its debut today in the lead up to the Pebble Beach Concours and is set to launch this fall priced from just $20,200, including destination. The car squeezes in between the regular 500 and high-performance Abarth...

  • Jay Leno's Fiat 500 Prima Edizione - image courtesy of Jay Leno's Garage
    Jay Leno's Fiat 500 Prima Edizione Hits The Block For Charity: Video

    Last year, Jay Leno took delivery of the second Fiat 500 imported into the United States, and you’ll soon get a chance to bid on that very same Prima Edizione car at an upcoming Gooding & Company auction. Leno is giving the limited-edition Fiat up for charity, with the proceeds from the...

  • Still image from Fiat's 'Immigrants' ad
    Does Fiat's New Ad Tease The 500T? Video

    While we here in the United States often complain that Europe gets better cars than we do, sometimes the opposite is true. In Europe, for example, the Fiat 500 Abarth comes standard with just 135 horsepower, while we in the United States get 25 more ponies for a total of 160 hp. The Fiat 500 Abarth...

  • Lazzarini Design's Fiat 550 Italia concept

    The idea of shoehorning a big engine into a small car is nothing new, and off the top of our collective heads we can name examples like the SHOgun, a Ford Fiesta infused with Taurus SHO power; the Mallett Pitbull Solstice, stuffed full of Corvette LS2 V-8 and Volkswagen’s own Frankenstein, the W-12 powered Golf GTI W12 650. Now, Italy’s Lazzarini Design wants to carry on the tradition by transplanting the 4.5-liter V-8 from the Ferrari 458 Italia into a Fiat 500 hatchback, with the resulting creation titled the 550 Italia. To make such an unholy hybrid work, Lazarrini Design would...

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    2012 Fiat 500 Abarth Officially Sold Out To Dealers

    If you’re on the fence about buying a 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth hot hatch, we’ve got some bad news for you. Unless you can find a dealership with unsold inventory (and good luck with that), you’ll be waiting until the fall to take delivery of a Fiat 500 Abarth, in 2013 model year form...

  • 2011 Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato Concept. Photo by Vitesse Photography.
    Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato Coming In 2013: Report

    There are few certainties in life, aside from death, taxes and the number one rule of automakers worldwide: future products are not to be commented on, ever. There’s logic behind such a sentiment, as building excitement for products that don’t exist tends to negatively impact sales of...

  • B-Spec racers in formation for first group test
    The Fiat 500 Takes The First SCCA B-Spec Series Win

    Last fall we told you about the SCCA’s new B-Spec series, designed to be an affordable gateway into the world of SCCA racing. Cars for the series are purpose-built and include the Kia Rio, the MINI Cooper, the Mazda2, the Ford Fiesta, the Honda Fit and the Fiat 500. By series rules, each car...

  • Catrinel Menghia and the Fiat 500 Abarth
    Don't Scratch My Fiat 500 Abarth: Video

    Romanian supermodel Catrinel Menghia has done quite a bit to raise Fiat’s brand recognition in the United States market, primarily though a commercial called “Seduction” that was never intended to play on network TV. In fact, the commercial was created exclusively for the Los...

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    Fiat Planning 2013 500 Abarth Cabrio, Turbo 500T?

    According to documents submitted to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Fiat is already planning a convertible version of the 500 Abarth, and a turbocharged non-Abarth version of the 500 called the 500T. Good news for fans of high-performance small cars and convertibles everywhere, if it...

  • Jay Leno drives the Fiat 500 Abarth

    A while back, Fiat brought its 500 Abarth to visit Jay Leno’s Garage. While that video gave a good overview of the differences between the Abarth and standard Fiat 500s, Leno wasn’t allowed to drive the pre-production car as it wasn’t street-legal. Knowing that a thumbs-up from the car-collecting-comedian could help to move a lot of units, Fiat North America head Tim Kuniskis returned to the Big Dog Garage, this time with a 500 Abarth that Leno could take for a spin. While best known for his exotic and collector cars, Leno seems to have a weakness for anything Italian, and...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth first drive
    2012 Fiat 500 Abarth first drive

    Las Vegas, if you haven't been lately, kind of sucks. Everything is twice as expensive as it should be, good blackjack tables are nearly extinct (even at $100 a hand), and traffic is bad enough to make trekking on foot seem like a good idea even in the summer desert heat. But fortunately, I wasn't...

  • Fiat 500 Abarth on house arrest with Charlie Sheen
    Fiat 500 Abarth On House Arrest With Charlie Sheen: Video

    While we're still not allowed to talk about the Fiat 500 Abarth's performance or other qualities--don't worry, we will be soon--we can show you this new ad--pitched at the recent media launch as an alternate Super Bowl commercial that was deemed a bit too saucy. Considering Catrinel Menghia's spot...

  • Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati
    Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati: 2012 Geneva Motor Show Preview

    At last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, Abarth showed its 695 Tributo Ferrari, a tuned and customized version of the Fiat 500 dedicated to Ferrari's racing legacy. For this year's Geneva show, it's Maserati that gets the tribute. The Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati, like the brand it honors, errs more on...

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    Fiat Planning Five-Door 500 Wagon To Boost U.S. Appeal

    Fiat had ambitious plans for its 500 minicar in the United States. Convinced that Americans would would embrace the 500 in the same way they’ve embraced other Italian imports, like pasta and gelato, Fiat turned out to be overly confident in the charms of the diminutive urban commuter. With...

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    Fiat Prices The 2012 500 Abarth From $22,000

    Fiat is giving American driving enthusiasts a bit of good news today: after a multi-decade absence, the word “affordable” can again be used in conjunction with the phrase “Italian performance car.” Fiat has finally priced the 500 Abarth, and it will begin at a reasonable...

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