Fiat rolls out 500 with turbo charging
dynamic exterior design and sport-styled interior at a gathering of car buffs in Monterey, Calif. The new Fiat 500 Turbo answers the call for
enthusiasts who are drawn to the Italian style of the Fiat 500 but want more power and performance for their daily drive, according to Tim Kuniskis, Head of Fiat Brand North America.
“We listened to our customers,“ Kuniskis added “The new Fiat 500 Turbo is the answer to all the fans that loved the style of our Cinquecento but wanted more power and performance for their daily drive. With 135 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque, the Fiat 500 Turbo hits the sweet spot between the regular Cinquecento and the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth. The Fiat 500 Turbo balances and blends the best Italian flavors that our portfolio has to offer, becoming the perfect canvas for customization,” he said.
For a more aggressive appearance, the new 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo features a pronounced front fascia,
pushed 2.7 inches forward of the Cinquecento’s signature “whiskers and logo” face, to
accommodate the new 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine. Below, larger openings provide greater engine cooling, while twin “nostrils” are precisely positioned on both sides of the front fascia to maximize airflow in and out of the two intercoolers (both intercoolers are visible through the “nostril” inlets). Finishing off the front are new Gloss Black headlamps and parking lamp bezels for a more menacing look.
The Fiat 500 Turbo features bolder side skirts to create a more vertical bodyside profile, while also enhancing its iconic Cinquecento shape. Behind the unique 16-inch aluminum wheels with Nero painted pockets, the Fiat 500 Turbo features a high-performance brake system with semi-metallic brake linings at all four corners, larger 11.1-inch ventilated front rotors for greater stopping power (up from 10.1-inch) and brake calipers lacquered in Rosso (red) paint. To make sure this Cinquecento properly handles the more powerful engine, the Fiat 500 Turbo features a unique lower control arm and the 500 Sport model’s sport-tuned spring rates, shock tuning and steering calibration, Chrysler said. By Joseph Szczesny