Fiat 500

Fiat 500

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In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Robert Tallini from "Road Race Sports" brought a pair of highly updated 500 Abarth racecars for Leno to test.

According to Tallini, the black 500 Abarth racer pushes out about 250 horsepower, thanks to a new turbo, intake, exhaust and other mods. Along with the engine modifications the two cars also offer a roll cages and some carbon-fiber body work that transform them into real race cars. The best part is that both of the Abarth racers are also street legal.

The stock Abarth 500 is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. With this amount of power, the Abarth 500 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 7 seconds and up to a top speed of 129 mph.

Check out the video to see what Leno thinks about the two Abarth 500 race cars.

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The Fiat 500 Abarth is back for 2014 with new colors, new wheels and a more comfortable passenger seat design. The 500C cabrio was new with Abarth trim in Spring of 2013, and is expected to be the volume leader for 2014 with almost no performance or interior room downsides versus the coupe.

These cute Fiat 500 twins are looking just as fresh and intimidating as always versus the hum-drum base-engine 500 models, and the rest of the econo-car hatchback market in the U.S. These are two cars for people who have chosen the ultra-nimble hot hatchback route, plus they offer up both driving thrills and the feeling of driving a classic Italian racing brand.

While the regular 500 undercuts the Mini Cooper significantly on price, the $6,000 Abarth premium makes life more challenging versus the hottest Mini performance cars. Even so, the Mini ’s dated styling means the trendiest shoppers have long since moved on to something more current.

The 500 Abarth also undercuts the equivalent Mini Cooper S engine on price, but moves this tiny machine past $26,000 for the Abarth 500C - which is uncomfortably close to the Subaru BRZ and other performance cars.

The arrival of the American-spec Ford Fiesta ST certainly complicates the theoretical comparison test for these performance supermini’s.

Logic is typically not the most critical factor in this realm of the new car segment, and the 500 Abarth nails the less-concrete buying criteria like passion, brand image and performance zest.

Click past the jump for the full review of the Fiat 500 Abarth and the new 500C Abarth, with all the updates on the new features and changes for 2014.

Updated 11/7/2013: TopSpeed’s Phillipe Daix got his hands on a 500 Abarth this week and put together a short drive video of the peppy city car. Check out the video after the jump.

The Fiat 500L is probably not the first - or tenth - vehicle you’d associate with accompanying you on your off-road travails.

But that’s the beauty of a show like SEMA ; you see cars turned into something you wouldn’t have accepted and they’re all the better for it!

That’s the case with this Mopar-tuned Fiat 500L, called the Adventurer.

One look at its name and you immediately recognize that this 500L wasn’t built to be a city-dweller, like the standard model is supposed to be. Yet you see that the crossover is pretty versatile in it of itself because the 500L Adventurer looks one heck of a rugged hell raiser.

The 500L Adventurer also has a performance upgrade, thanks to a new Mopar cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust. No word yet on how much of an output increase it’ll have, but we’re preparing ourselves for a significant increase in performance.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Fiat 500L Adventurer

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Meet the ultimate Fiat 500 Abarth : the new Corsa Stradale concept from Zender Italia. This bad-ass racing hatchback wears a milky metallic shade of white over a custom carbon-fiber body kit. Even better, creator Zender Italia promises turbo power and road stance so far unseen from the world’s favorite pocket rocket, even on the latest Abarth 595 .

The 500 Corsa Stradale is gorgeous, with a huge track stretch and fender flares so wide that it almost looks like it has square dimensions all around. To go with that revamp outside is a butter-toffee leather cockpit and 240 horsepower from its 1.4-liter turbocharged stinger up front.

This upgrade is a concept built by styling and aftermarket equipment manufacturer, Zender Italia. This division of the company is enjoying a rebirth, even as the Zender Germany off-shoot fell on hard times in 2008 . All signs from the Italian side of the company point to its intention to produce these designs for sale to buyers, if there is enough interest.

Would the Zender Italia upgrade let the 500 Corsa Stradale trample the still-speedy Mini Cooper GP ? Even better; how might its extra 80 horsepower improve the sprint pace of the nimble U.S.-market 500 Abarth ?

Click past the jump for the full details on the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Corsa Stradale by Zender Italia.

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Fiat debuted the 500 in the U.S. at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show , and since then the model proved itself to be a real success. As no surprise, the model continued to evolve over the years, and for the 2014 model year, Fiat is adding new colors and wheels and some new standard features.

The interior was also revised with lowered seats for increased headroom and for increased comfort, the seats are combined with armrest and position memory. Fuel economy remains unchanged, leaving the 500 as one of the best in its class at 31 mpg city and 40 mpg Highway.

As with the previous years, the 500 will continue to come in four trim levels: Pop, Sport, Lounge and Turbo. Fiat will announce prices at a later date, but we expect it to remain close to the current $16k base price tag.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Fiat 500.

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Abarth unveiled the 595 back in 1960s and since the model written a history full of record broken and victories. Now, 50 years later, the company prepares to celebrate the model’s 50th anniversary with the unveiling of the special edition 595 50th Anniversary. The model will be unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and will be limited to only 299 units.

As no surprise, the new 595 50 Anniversary model is a modern interpretation of the original 595. It features a modern reinterpretation of the original color, the historical Abarth Abarth logos and the original "Fiat Abarth 595" graphics. With the new special edition Abarth is also celebrating the brand itself because the next two years represent a decisive step for it.

The new Abarth 5959 50 Anniversary edition will be available for order starting 15 September, exactly 50 years after the presentation of the first 595.

Click past he jump to read more about the Abarth 595 50th Anniversary.

The Fiat 500C may not hold up when compared to actual luxury cars, but when it comes to distinguishing itself as a car with innate luxury in mind, the little compact convertible carries the kind of cache not many in its class have.

Over the years, we’ve seen the 500C — and the 500, for that matter — launch partnerships with numerous high-end fashion labels and it’s no surprise that the Italian automaker is adding yet another one to that list. Okay, GQ isn’t exactly a fashion label, but when it comes to mens’ styling, this magazine is an authority on the subject.

That’s why there’s a certain element of style attributed to the just-launched 500C GQ Edition. The car captures the essence of the GQ man by creating through its athletic yet style-conscious appearance, complete with design qualities that not many lavishly-designed 500s can boast of. The larger air intakes in the front make for a more pronounced front fascia while the cloth-top mounted spoiler extends the 500’s roofline and delivers the downforce needed for improved handling. The rear end of the car also features a diffuser that has been integrated into the dual exhaust system while a distinctive “GQ 500” badge located on the B-pillar and a set of 16-inch, split five-spoke aluminum wheels round out the exterior enhancements.

The interior of the 500C GQ Edition also speaks to the stylish and premium work done to establish this model as a true trend-setter. Nero leather and Alcantara are prevalent inside, particularly used as a dress-up to the three-spoke steering wheel with a contrasting Steam (white) inner leather ring, the cluster brow with Tungsten accent stitching, and the upscale seats with Alcantara inserts. GQ Edition-specific sati chrome interior accents round out the interior modifications, driving up the class and upscale look of a true style savant of a Fiat 500 .

The 500C GQ comes with the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine that puts down 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. This nets the fashion-conscious micro-car to 60 mph in the low 7-second range.

The Fiat 500 may not be a sexy car in standard guise. But by all accounts, the 500C GQ Edition is.

Click past the jump to read about the Fiat 500C

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In Italian "cattiva" refers to a naughty yet cool person. In English "Cattiva" refers to the newest addition to the Fiat 500 lineup that the automaker will launch at the Concorso Italiano , which takes place August 16th at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey, California. Buyers can choose to base this new model on either Sport or Turbo variant of the Fiat 500, and it will make its way to dealers in the fourth quarter of 2013.

The new 500 Cattiva draws its inspiration from the Fiat 500 “Cattiva” Concept that the automaker unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. Fiat bills it as adding "more excitement and tuned style to the 2013 Fiat 500 Sport ."

The model features a more aggressive exterior look, with plenty of black-out treatments to go around, and a nice amount of pop under the hood, should you choose to go with the Turbo model.

Click past the jump to read more about the Fiat 500 Cattiva.

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Fiat expanded the 500L lineup with the addition of a new Pro version, which has been described as the "ideal solution for carrying goods and passengers." The model is only offered in a four-seat configuration and is priced from €10,300 (about $13,500 at the current exchange rates).

The new 500L Pro is 4,150 mm (163.38 inches) long, 1,780 mm wide (70.07 inches), 1,660 mm high (65.35 inches) and has a 2,610 mm (102.75 inches) wheelbase, so it offers a great interior space and a 400-liter (14.1-cubic-foot) cargo area with rear seats up. The cargo area expands to a roomy 1,310 liters (46.26 cubic-feet) with the seats folded down. Making loading cargo nice and simple is a 670 mm (26.4-inch) loading height.

The interior morphs into 1,500 different configurations that allow items up to 2.4 meters (94.5 inches) long to slide into the cargo area with ease

Under the hood, the new 500L Pro offers the same engine lineup as the base version, including the base 1.4 16v Fire engine with an output of 95 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 127 Nm (94 pound-feet) of torque at 4,500 rpm. The top-line engine is a 1.3 16v MultiJet 2 that delivers a total of 85 horsepower at 3,500 rpm and 200 Nm (148 pound-feet) of torque at a super-low 1,500 rpm.

The 1.4-liter Fire engine delivers a fuel consumption of 6.2 liters per 100 km (38 mpg) and 145 grams of CO2 per km. The 1.3-liter powerplant is rated at 4.2 liters per 100 km (52 mpg) and emits just 110 grams of CO2 per km.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Fiat 500L.

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Fiat has unveiled the seven-seat MPV version of its mini car with the official 500L Living name badge for the European market. This model is not yet on U.S. Fiat price lists, but it is expected in spring 2014 under the 500XL badge with a larger engine and optional automatic gearbox.

Much about the new 500L Living is directly derived from the successful 500L series, but a few key additions join the length stretch that puts two mini seats in the third row for the first time. The most notable are the multiple two-tone pastel plus white or black paint schemes and an in-dash espresso machine for fresh coffee.

The Lavazza coffee-maker promises individualized lattes, using a similar one-cup system best known from the Keurig K-cup series. The Fiat’s coffee maker reclaims some of Italy’s pride for inventing modern coffee practices… but then largely missing the boom in café culture epitomized by Starbuck’s global rise.

The expanding Fiat 500 line wants to avoid the same mistake of letting the premium city car segment — a long-time Fiat specialty — fall into the hands of BMW’s MINI brand.

The 500L Living beats the expected MINI Countryman Traveler "Spacebox" to market by more than year but will also face competition in American dealers from the upcoming passenger version of Ford Transit Connect as well as the existing Mazda5 . Secondary competition comes from base-model Dodge Grand Caravans from just $20,000 and some base seven-seat crossovers from $25,000.

Fiat is betting these competitors cannot match its quirky flair, brand image and unique European styling.

Click past the jump for the full preview of the Fiat 500L Living ahead of its anticipated U.S. arrival next year as the 500XL.

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