Fiat 500

Fiat 500

Abarth’s got a little surprise up its sleeve and it’s called the 500 Track Experience. The new Track Experience package gives customers a chance to enjoy a unique Abarth 500 that comes with a bevy of nice features offered by the Italian automaker, including sleek paint colors, fancy wheels, and a track day experience in Oulton Park, Donington Park, or Brands Hatch. All those tracks are in the UK , which is a bummer for folks in America, but great news for our Abarth-loving, friends across the pond!

The car itself is an important celebratory vehicle for Abarth. It’s limited to just 65 units representing the 65 years since Abarth was founded by Italian Carlo Abarth.

For those interested in the Abarth 500 Track Experience, the automaker is selling them at all 29 UK dealers at a price tag of £14,990, which is about $24,700 as of 9/4/2014.

It’s not often that a limited-edition vehicle comes with its own track-day pass, so there’s a lot of appeal attached to the 500 Track Experience. At the very least, you can buy one and let loose on any of the three tracks available. The track experience alone is worth a nice price bump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Abarth 500 Track Experience.

Another live episode of the TopSpeed Podcast has come and gone again. We hope everyone enjoyed this extra-large episode celebrating 25 jam packed casts of automotive mayhem.

We start this week out with the return of Mark, and a little talk about pumpkins and drunken hand grenade safety. It’s a strange story, but we are sure you will find it entertaining. Once the show proper gets started, we get things moving with Weekly Wheels. This week we cover the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel , the Toyota Rav4 and the Fiat 500c Abarth . Two of the three are considered to be amazing, and two of the three are considered to be kinda terrible. Good luck figuring that out without watching the show.

For the news we start with the new Shelby-bodied Renovo supercar, and discuss whether or not this electric car deserves that supercar title. After that we move on to a BMW that is covered in bullet holes, a Corvette system that records your valet’s every move, and the return of the mid-engined Vette rumors. We also take just a second to touch on the possibility of Hyundai making a luxury SUV to compete with Lexus .

The Question and Answer segment of this show was pretty amazing thanks to some incredible questions from you guys. We talk about what kind of dream car we would build if we could put any engine and any interior inside of any other car’s body. We have some pretty varied responses. After that we talk about what cars we would buy if we only had $40k; the catch is we have those cars for the rest of forever. Finally we talk about some of VW’s greatest creations that they refuse to bring to US shores, and talk about why that is.

We finish things out in our traditional manner with an Own, Drive, Burn that features three limited run cars from the 1970s and 1980s. One of them is so awesome, it can go back in time.

Thanks again to everyone who listens and watches us banter about cars every week. We really appreciate you. Make sure to let us know if you like the show, and if there is anything we should change. We also need more questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions for every show, so keep those coming. You can reach us in the comments below, on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast, or by email at Podcast@TopSpeed.com.

Have a great weekend, and we will see you next Thursday.


The Fiat 500 first saw life back in 1957 as the Fiat Nuova 500 and was an inexpensive little city car that became extremely popular throughout Italy. Its small, two-cylinder engine displaced roughly 500cc — hence the name — and produced a modest 13 brake horsepower. It enjoyed a ragtop roof that slid rearward and a pair of suicide doors. In comparison to today’s cars, the original Fiat 500 was a toy, only standing chest height to the average person. Production ended in 1975 and the 500 name laid dormant until 2007 when the current version became available in Europe.

The Fiat 500 swam the pond in 2010, marking the first time Fiat sold vehicles in the U.S. since 1984. The return happened, thanks to Fiat’s purchase of Chrysler and the two automakers’ global alliances. The car has remained unchanged for the most part, except the additional Abarth trim level new for 2012. That sporty trim added a ton of go-fast, have-fun goodies to Fiat’s spunky little run-about.

I recently spend a week getting to know the Fiat 500c Abarth. You’ll notice the ‘c’ in the 500’s name, well that signifies it carries a ragtop roof, just like the original Fiat 500 did. This 500, however, has 147 more horsepower than the original, a sweet exhaust note, and a superb five-speed manual gearbox. This thing is like the Mazda Miata of Italy — the tossable plaything that begs to be driven hard.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Fiat 500c Abarth

Much like the Mini Cooper , the Fiat 500 evolved from a tiny economy car into a full lineup of vehicles incorporating various body styles and engines. Crossover -like four-doors, sporty two-doors, and fuel-sipping diesels are some of the versions Mini enthusiasts did not see coming half a century ago. Same goes for Fiat , which is about to unveil the 500X , a small crossover aimed at the Mini Countryman and the Nissan Juke . More specifically, the 500X is the Italian version of the 2015 Renegade, Jeep’s smallest vehicle yet.

Built on the same platform as its American brother — yes, we know the Renegade is actually assembled in Italy — the 500X replaces the Fiat Sedici in Europe and joins a lineup that includes the 500 hatch, 500C, 500L, the peppy 500 Abarth , and the all-electric 500E. Based on a concept vehicle shown in 2012, the 500X is expected to debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and cross the pond to North America for the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Until then, let’s have a look at the latest batch of spy shots we received in our inbox.

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

The Fiat 500L is how we always thought the 500 should look like. It’s bigger and more dynamic, not to mention refined in ways that the standard 500 isn’t. The 500L is also versatile enough to be adapt to whatever customization package you give it. If you need proof of that, look no further than the Fiat 500L-Vans Design Concept.

The model was on display at the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California where it turned a lot of heads with its quirky customization that pays homage to the urban fashion brand.

Fiat and Vans may be unlikely allies in the grand scheme of things, but you wouldn’t notice that by the way the two collaborated to create the 500L-Vans Design Concept. It features plenty of Vans-inspired bits spread throughout the exterior and interior, including the iconic Vans Checkerboard pattern that’s prominently displayed on the 500L’s roof.

This isn’t your standard Fiat 500L, ladies and gentlemen. This is the result of a partnership between two brands that just so happen to have products geared for the same young and adventurous generation.

Fiat and Vans worked some serious magic to turn this 500L into what it looks like now. The result is a piece of beauty, even though I say that knowing that it’s not hitting dealerships any time soon — or ever, for that matter.

Click past the jump to read more about the Fiat 500L-Vans Design Concept.

The 2014 New York International Auto Show is nearly upon us, with the media preview days set to kick off on April 16 before the grand event opens its doors to the public on April 18. More than 50 vehicles will be on display at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, just about anything from city cars to heavy-duty trucks and track-prepped race cars. About 14 global debuts are expected to happen at NYIAS, with six more vehicles to show their metal to North American enthusiasts for the very first time.

Dodge , Ford , Acura , BMW , Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are all set to shows us their latest creations, be it new-generation cars or facelifted versions of existing automobiles. As usual, we’ll be providing you with tons of information from New York, so be on the lookout for more details and in-depth reviews on the most recent apparitions on the automotive horizon.

Meanwhile, we compiled a list with the most important cars and SUV set to be unveiled next week. While some are still under wraps, others have been revealed and detailed ahead of their world debut.

Click past the jump for the 2014 New York Auto Show Preview.

With nine months of year-over-year sales gains during 2013 and off to a great start in 2014, the tiny Fiat 500 is becoming increasingly popular nationwide, mostly because of its classic look and affordable price. Its 101-horsepower, inline-four engine won’t break any speed records, but this is where the brawnier Abarth version comes in. Yes, the Fiat 500 Abarth is being readied for the 2015 model year as we speak, with the high-performance city car scheduled to be showcased during the New York Auto Show later this month, in both hatchback and cabrio guises.

To keep the 500 Abarth appealing for 2015, the Italians have operated a number of interior and powertrain updates without altering the vehicle’s sporty character. In fact, the new transmission the 500 Abarth is set to receive promises to offer "an even more engaged driving experience."

Last time we drove the Fiat 500 Abarth we dubbed it "mini Ferrari" . Now let’s find out if this little, turbocharged hatch is ready to carry its legacy even further.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio.

The Fiat 500 Abarth is one of my all-time favorite cars. It is an uncommon dose of fun and lunacy in our increasingly beige automotive world. What is a mildly eccentric Italian company to do after creating such a machine? Apparently the answer is to create an even faster and hard-core version to take racing.

Meet the 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione.

Fiat already has an Abarth Assetto Corse for both the 500 and 695 cars, but this new Evoluzione model turns things up to 11. Power is up, weight is down, and in true race car fashion, there are a lot of minor improvements learned over the last few years of competition combine to make repairs and adjustments easier. The car obviously still retains the full complement of FIA-approved safety equipment.

If you already own one of the older 695 Assetto cars and want to stay competitive in the Trofei series, Fiat is offering the full Evoluzione kit as an upgrade.

Read on to get the scoop on all the new upgrades and enhancements.

Fiat is using the New York Auto Show as the perfect opportunity to showcase its entire 500 lineup, beginning with the 2015 Fiat 500. While the changes to the 2015 500 are mostly limited to the interior, the aggressive manner by which Fiat is promoting the 2015 500 in the U.S. goes to show just how serious the company is in establishing a presence in this market.

Apparently, it’s not enough that the 500’s already selling like ice cream on a blistering summer afternoon, as Fiat is planning a full-court press here. This is likely just the tip of the iceberg too, as we expect to see a lot more buildup ahead of the summer release of the 500 and its other variations.

That’s why the New York Auto Show is as good a time as any for prospective buyers to get a first look at the 2015 500 to see whether it’s a car they’ll have their eyes on later on down the road.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Fiat 500.


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