The evolution of the Fiat 500 is the perfect example of an iconic model adjusting its approach to fit into the current demands of the auto industry. The original 500 was launched in 1957 and a modern version was only introduced 50 years later in 2007. The latter date also marked the start of the 500’s evolution. No longer was it just Fiat’s kooky, little economy car; the more sophisticated market demanded better choices. And choices was what Fiat delivered with the evolved 500 lineup that now includes the 500C, the 500 Abarth, the 500L, and even the all-electric 500E. But the 500 hatchback still remains the backbone of the range.

At the 2014 Miami International Auto Show, Fiat paid tribute to that backbone when it presented a special-edition model called the 500 Ribelle. Based on the 2015 Fiat 500 Pop, the 500 Ribble ("ribble" is Italian for "rebel") is a limited-edition model designed to highlight new personalized features that help add more flavor to the 500’s retro-chic looks.

Fiat understands that the 500’s expanded presence in the US is slowly giving it a bigger audience to showcase its styling wares. The new personalized features on the 500 Ribelle drive home that point with a blend of new exterior colors, cosmetic updates, and interior refinements.

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

  • 2015 Fiat 500 Ribelle
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    101 @ 6500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    98 @ 4000
  • Displacement:
    1.4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    11 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    120 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    17395
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  • car segment:
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Exterior

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There’s nothing too dramatic going on in the exterior of the 500 Riblee, unless you count the new exterior color options "dramatic." In that case, prepare yourselves to be blown away by the four available body colors of the 500 Ribelle. There’s a palette of shades to choose from, including Bianco, Billet Argento, Grigio and Nero Puro.

Every body color of the 500 Ribelle features a complementary red roof, spoiler and mirror caps, creating a dynamic two-tone look that brings out the 500’s unmistakably exuberant and impressionable personality.

Interior

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The Fiat 500 Ribelle’s upgraded interior is limited to a choice of two upholstery options with gray being the dominant color. That can be combined with either red or black, depending on the customer’s taste and preference.

It should be noted that since the 500 Ribelle is based on the Fiat 500 Pop, the 500 Ribelle also receives the same updates Fiat has for the entire 500 lineup. That includes a more advanced instrument panel with a seven-inch cluster display.

Drivetrain

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The Fiat 500 Ribelle will feature the same 1.4-liter,inline-four engine that produces 101 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 98 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. It’s not exactly sports car-like numbers, but if you understand what you’re getting with the 500, you won’t be disappointed with what it has to offer.

This low-powered engine allows the cute little hatchback to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 11 seconds to go with a top speed of 113 mph.

Pricing

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The limited-edition 500 Ribelle will be available in Fiat studios beginning in December 2014 with an MSRP price of $17,395, not including destination charges.

Competition

Mini Cooper

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it’s only fitting that the Fiat 500 will always be measured against the Mini Cooper like both models were created to give the other some competition.

The new-generation Mini Cooper made its debut in November 2013 packing plenty of revisions from its predecessor.

The 2014 Cooper was the recipient of a revised grille inside a smooth, one-piece chrome frame. The headlights also got some work, as did the overall shape of the car’s nose, which is more upright than it was before.

The new Cooper also benefits from having more engine variety — and power — than the 500. It’s got a 1.5-liter three-cylinder that pumps out 136 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, and a 2.0-liter four-banger that develops a steady 192 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque. These two engine options allow the Cooper to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 and 6.5 seconds, respectively, to go with a top speeds of 130 mph and 146 mph.

Pricing for the Mini Cooper sits at $19,950 for the base model and $23,600 for the Cooper S.

Conclusion

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It says a lot of the Fiat 500’s appeal that it’s become a popular city-car option in the U.S. market despite still being considered a "new arrival." But the appeal of the 500 is completely understandable if you know what you’re getting with it. The Ribelle limited edition gives it an added shine, but not much else.

  • Leave it
    • Interior space is an obvious issue
    • Lack of power compared to its rivals
    • Is it worth it to tack extra charges on a 500?
Kirby Garlitos
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Press Release

The FIAT brand continues to showcase the multiple personalities of the FIAT lineup with two special edition models that will debut this month at the 2014 Miami International Auto Show: the Fiat 500 Ribelle and the Fiat 500L Urbana Trekking. The models are based on the Fiat 500 Pop and the Fiat 500L Trekking, demonstrating the potential for personalization and self-expression with FIAT vehicles.

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“As the FIAT brand continues to expand its presence in North America, we are always looking for opportunities to enhance the personality of our vehicles,” said Jason Stoicevich, Head of FIAT Brand for North America, Chrysler Group LLC. “Personalization and self-expression is part of who we are as a brand, and the Fiat 500 Ribelle and the Fiat 500L Urbana showcase that so well.”

At the Miami International Auto Show, the FIAT brand will also display the full lineup to highlight updates for the 2015 model year, including an advanced instrument panel with a 7-inch cluster display for the Fiat 500 line, and automatic transmission options for the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth and the five-passenger Fiat 500L.

Fiat 500 Ribelle

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The 2015 Fiat 500 Ribelle shows its rebellious nature with a Rosso (red) roof, spoiler and mirror caps, complemented by Nero Puro (Gloss Black) headlamp and tail lamp bezels and Nero-painted wheels with Rosso wheel caps. The Ribelle is available in four exterior paint colors: Bianco (white), Billet Argento (Billet Silver), Grigio (gray) and Nero Puro.

Inside, the Fiat 500 Ribelle is available with either Grigio/Nero or Grigio/Rosso interior environments.

The limited-production 2015 Fiat 500 Ribelle will be available in studios in December and starts at $17,395 U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) (not including destination).

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