Let’s assume that you love the Italian flair of the FIAT 500, but need just a little more kick. There’s always the FIAT 500 Abarth, but that would be a lot more kick. So, what to do? Wander forlornly through the FIAT studio, nursing a considerable sadness? No! Just buck up and hold tight – the new 2013 FIAT 500 Turbo is on its way.
The 500t hits the sweet spot between the 500 Sport and Abarth models. Its deign echoes the iconic 500, but with more aggressive and athletic exterior enhancements that hint at the additional power and handling capability. The 500 Turbo features gloss black front and rear tail lamps, a sport-influenced interior and a performance-oriented front fascia specially designed to accommodate and cool its turbocharged engine.
Of course, it’s power that really sets the 500t apart. A 1.4L 16V MultiAir engine, its turbocharger, twin intercoolers and sport-tuned exhaust combine to produce 135 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque – 34 and 53 percent boosts, respectively, over the naturally aspirated 1.4L.
With a MSRP of $19,500 (excluding $700 dest.), the Fiat 500 Turbo comes in perfectly between the 500 Sport and 500 Abarth, giving performance enthusiasts serious bang for their buck. It’ll also be an affordable canvas for those looking to customize inside, outside, or under the hood. The previously shown FIAT 500 Abarth Venom concept gave you some idea of the performance parts and accessories options that may be available for the 500T, but stay tuned (no pun intended) – we’ll have more to share on that.