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Incredible 405 horsepower Fiat 500 Abarth

2017 Fiat 500 Abarth Ares by Pogea Racing

04.23.2017

The Fiat 500 Abarth is a cute little ride, isn’t it? It certainly looks the part of one, but being cute and cuddly isn’t the only thing appealing about the 500. It’s also understatedly customizable, which is why we’ve seen so many special edition iterations of the car, not to mention tuning programs from some of the best tuners in the business. Pogea Racing counts itself in the latter group, and it has a real doozy of a kit for the 500 that gives the subcompact hatchback an output of 405 horsepower and 328 pound-feet of torque. Seems fitting then that Pogea Racing has dubbed this creation as “Ares,” after the Greek god of war. This Fiat 500 Abarth is ready to rumble with the best of them.

The program has more than just a fancy name and ridiculous power at its disposal. It also has an extensive menu of carbon fiber parts for the exterior, a well-dressed interior that brings some life to the hatchback’s cabin, and suspension upgrades to help the car’s 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder handle all that extra power.


The bad news is that this isn’t a program that Pogea Racing is producing in big quantities. On the contrary, the tuner only plans to build five such 500 Ares models and the cost of building one doesn’t come cheap. The upgrades to the engine alone cost more than the car itself so you can imagine what the whole thing will fetch for, donor car and all.

Then again, a 405-horsepower Fiat 500 Abarth doesn’t come cheap, nor should it.

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New Appearance Packages for 2017 Fiat 500

FIAT Brand Offers New Appearance Packages for 2017 Fiat 500

Three new custom appearance options: Sport Black Trim Package, Two-Tone Package, and Abarth Roof, Mirror Cap and Body Stripe Package
Three available trim levels for 2017 Fiat 500: Pop, Lounge and Abarth
2017 Fiat 500 Pop starts at $14,995 U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP); high-performance Abarth starts at $19,995 MSRP
Additional options available across all trim levels include automatic transmission ($995), sunroof ($795) and Cabrio ($1,495)
2017 marks 60th anniversary of the iconic Fiat 500


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The FIAT brand is offering new looks for its iconic, Italian-designed, fun-to-drive 500.

Customers may give their Cinquecentos even more style by adding new optional appearance packages: Sport Black Trim, Two-Tone, and Abarth Roof, Mirror Cap and Body Stripe. Additional options include an automatic transmission ($995), sunroof ($795) and Cabrio ($1,495).


“With its iconic, timeless, head-turning Italian design, the Fiat 500 continues to offer the ultimate in individual expression,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA North America. “With new custom appearance packages and a full menu of options, customers can get exactly what they want while creating their own fun-to-drive personal statement.”







Sport Black Trim Appearance Package
The Sport Black Trim Package is available on the 2017 Fiat 500 Pop and features body-color sport fascias and fog lamps, black-trimmed headlamps, a black painted roof, side sill ground effects, black side-view mirror caps, black sport spoiler, black tail lamps and 16-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels.

Interior features include sport cloth bucket seats with silver accent stitching, a front-passenger armrest and a black instrument-panel bezel. The MSRP for the package is $1,295.



Two-Tone Appearance Package
Available on the 2017 Fiat 500 Pop, customers may select a Nero (black), Rosso (red) or Bianco (white) accent roof and matching mirror caps. The MSRP for the package is $295.

Abarth Roof, Mirror Cap and Body Stripe Appearance Package
Available on the Fiat 500 Abarth, this appearance package offers a secondary roof color choice of Nero (black), Rosso (red), Rhino (gray) or Bianco (white). In addition, an accent color (black, red, gray or white) may be chosen for the mirror caps, body-side stripe, roof and spoiler. The MSRP for the package is $495.

2017 Fiat 500
The 2017 Fiat 500 lineup offers three trim levels – Pop, Lounge and Abarth. Options available across all trim levels include an automatic transmission ($995) and a sunroof ($795). For top-down, open-air fun, any Fiat 500 model may be ordered as a Cabrio for an additional $1,495, making the 500 the most affordable convertible in America with a starting MSRP of $16,490 (not including destination).

About FIAT Brand
The FIAT brand stands for discovery through passionate self-expression. That philosophy is embodied by the iconic Fiat 500 or Cinquecento – a small car that lives big. Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the 500 is sold in more than 100 countries and is synonymous with modern, simple design blending form, function, technology and a pride of ownership that is genuine.

In North America, the Fiat 500 was introduced in March 2011 and was soon followed by the Fiat 500c (Cabrio), the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio, the fully electric Fiat 500e, the five-passenger Fiat 500L and the all-wheel-drive 500X crossover. The FIAT brand continues to expand with the introduction of the Fiat 124 Spider, a revival of the iconic roadster that combines Italian style, performance and engaging driving dynamics.

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2018 Fiat 500L

2018 Fiat 500L is now 40 percent new

May 23, 2017



The Italian automaker is keeping all of its global eggs in one basket – the 500 series. Now the quirky 500L version is following in the footsteps of the classic 500 and comes with a midlife cycle update.

The 500l is one of those cars that attract polarizing opinions, but that isn’t stopping Fiat from bringing even more distinctive lines for ample personality. Around two years ago the 500 city car came with 1,800 design refreshes inside and out – though few are actually noticeable – and now the time has come for the practical 500L to go through a similar process. Just like with the little brother, we can’t really tell the exact difference, although Fiat claims 40 percent of the MPV’s components are new, meaning some of them are also hiding in hard to view places. The 2018 model year facelift comes with tweaked upper headlights bringing chrome-plated accents while the LED daytime running lights now get a “0” lighting signature as a reference to the two “zeros” in “500.”

The lower grille gets a studded chrome mesh, the radiator has also been modified slightly and even more chrome inserts are present at the back complete with a different placement for the fog and reversing lights. A total of 37 color combinations are available, with three types of roofs (white or matte black, glossy black, body-colored) and also a new Bellagio Blue hue. Offered in Urban, Cross, and Wagon trim, the facelifted 500L also comes with a “completely new” interior, according to Fiat. That’s hardly the truth, though we do see an updated steering, modified instrument cluster with two round gauges and a 3.5-inch digital display, as well as different gear lever. The well-known seven-inch Uconnect infotainment system has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as a new Mode Selector for the rugged 500L Cross- the latter also packs new two-tone 17-inch wheels and new bumpers.

In case you want more personalization options, there are no less than 92 Mopar accessories to go along with the numerous optional goodies, including a 520-watt Beats sound system. The upgraded 500L features the 95-hp 1.4-liter gasoline and stronger 1.4-liter good for 120 hp. The 0.9-liter TwinAir with 105 hp and the bi-fuel version of the 1.4-liter TJet with 120 hp compatible with gasoline and LPG are also available. There’s even a bi-fuel version of the 0.9-liter TwinAir with 85 hp that can function on gasoline and methane. The diesel family has the 1.3-liter MultiJet with 95 hp and the flagship 1.6-liter MultiJet packing 120 hp.

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The Ultimate Fiat 500

The Giannini 350 GP is Rear-Engine Fiat 500
Alfa Romeo 4C-sourced powertrain sends 350 hp to rear wheels


June 9, 2017





Italy’s Giannini Automobili has created what has to be the ultimate Fiat 500. Gone is the donor 500 Abarth’s 1.4-liter turbo-four-cylinder, it’s place taken by the 1.7-liter turbo-four that powers the Alfa Romeo 4C. And it sits in the back of the car instead of the front, sending power to the 500’s rear wheels via an unspecified gearbox — presumably, the same six-speed dual-clutch automatic as the Alfa.

Giannini upped the output of the engine to 350 hp, up from 237 in stock trim. The 350 GP also features drilled and slotted Brembo brakes at all four corners, with six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers at rear. Additionally, Giannini added as set of Ohlins shocks that are visible through cut out holes in the car’s hood and through the rear hatch. Furthermore, Giannini added a carbon-fiber wide-body kit complete with louvers and vents to not only extract air from the brakes, but also to fit the 4C’s drivetrain underneath the 500’s body.

According to the clip below, and us furiously using Google translate, Giannini Automobili wants to build 100 of these interesting automobiles, which would represent a fourth of Alfa Romeo’s 4C sales here in the U.S. Perhaps more interesting is the 150,000-euro price of this little tuned Fiat 500, roughly $170,000 at current exchange rates. For comparison, a standard Fiat 500 Abarth starts at just $19,995, while a Alfa Romeo 4C starts at $55,000. That’s a steep ask for subcompact hatch, even a rear-engine, rear-drive one.


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New Fiat 500-60th



Published on Jun 13, 2017
On June 10th, Munich took a step back in time to present the limited edition that combines iconic 500 style and ‘60s glamour. Beautifully crafted exterior, evocative interiors and a unique vintage badge.

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New Fiat 500L

New Fiat 500L to offer even more space

Jun 15, 2017



Having been a leading seller in its segment across Europe for five years, Fiat is launching a new 500L, and the first deliveries take place from September.

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The Italian carmaker says the roomiest 500 of all now boasts even more technology, character and personality. It adds that these characteristics combine in the three distinct versions of the car: urban, cross, and wagon, offered with a choice of petrol and diesel engines to delight different people and serve their individual needs.

Fiat claims all three share outstanding safety features and a flexible internal configuration, enabling customers to create up to 1,500 internal customisations. The 500 style is even more obvious in this updated version, of which Fiat says 40 per cent of all components are new.

Fiat believes the new 500L combines all the style and excitement of the Fiat 500 with the spaciousness and functionality of an MPV.

The new model is designed to reinforce the family feeling of the model. The exterior style expresses all the distinctive elements which have characterised the model throughout its history, ever since its iconic 1950's forerunner.

The most obvious visual links are the "moustache and badge" combo set on the trapezoidal nose, the upper headlights with chrome-plated elements and the lower cluster, now with LED daytime running lights, which pick up the graphics of the two "zeros" in 500. Fiat says these elements ensure this new car is clearly identifiable as a Fiat 500L, even in the dark.

The interior of the new Fiat 500L is completely new, starting with an updated dashboard to give a more high-tech and iconic look. Fiat claims the passenger compartment offers comfort, convenience, versatility, and is filled with light, while being rich in distinctive 500 touches, such as the bright "500" signature on the dashboard.

The area behind the restyled multifunctional steering wheel, now with added chrome accents, has an updated design with two circular instrument gauges on either side of a 3.5-inch colour graphic display. Fiat claims this combination of new steering wheel and dashboard improves the visibility of the instrument cluster, which is further enhanced by white backlighting. The driver also benefits from an innovative TFT colour digital display, with a full set of useful information.

Fiat tells us that the engines most suited for the specific needs of customers were picked for the different identities of the model. The petrol engine line-up includes the 1.4-litre 16V, delivering 95hp, and the 1.4-litre 16V T-Jet, delivering 120hp. The offering is completed by two diesel engines: the 95hp 1,300cc 16V MultiJet, also available with Dualogic transmission, and the 120hp 1,600cc 16V MultiJet. All engines comply with the Euro six standards and combine optimal performance with impressive fuel economy.
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60 Years of the Fiat 500



Published on Jul 4, 2017

The Fiat 500 has been an icon for 60 years. Hear from owners of the original Fiat 500 and what motoring journalists think of the revival of the icon and it’s attraction today.

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Running footage and beauty shots of the 2018 Fiat 500L Lounge.

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Running footage and beauty shots of the 2018 Fiat 500L Trekking.

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