|Fiat 500 Turbo. Click to enlarge.|
At the Concorso Italiano in Monterey, California, Fiat introduced the new 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo, equipped with a 135 hp (101 kW) 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, sport-tuned suspension, track-proven brakes, dynamic exterior design and sport-styled interior.
Developed for high-output applications, the Fiat 500 Turbo engine is paired to the track-proven C510 five-speed manual transmission with a 3.35 final-drive gear ratio for quick acceleration and faster top speed. The new Turbo model achieves up to 34 mpg highway (6.9 L/100km); in comparison, the 2012 Fiat 500 with the naturally aspirated 1.4L MultiAir engine delivers 38 mpg highway with the 5-speed manual, and 34 mpg with the automatic.
The new 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo features a single turbocharger, twin intercoolers and sport-tuned exhaust to deliver 34% more power (135 hp vs. 101 hp) and 53% more torque (150 lb-ft/203 N·m vs. 98 lb-ft) compared to the Fiat 500’s naturally aspirated 1.4-liter MultiAir engine.
In addition, the beefed-up powertrain features an intermediate shaft with equal-length and 23% larger (28.1 mm vs. 22.8 mm diameter in the Fiat 500) half shafts to mitigate torque steer. To handle the increased power and torque of the new 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, larger constant velocity (CV) joints with 53% greater torsional strength (2600 N•m vs. 1700 N•m in the Fiat 500) deliver added durability and refinement.
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.—Tim Kuniskis, Head of Fiat Brand North America
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).
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 novel lower control arm and the 500 Sport model’s sport-tuned spring rates, shock tuning and steering calibration.
At the rear, a liftgate-mounted spoiler extends the roofline of the Fiat 500 Turbo and improves the hatchback’s aerodynamic behavior.
The 2013 Fiat 500 goes on sale this fall with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $19,500 excluding $700 destination charge.