July 5th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
The reworked Fiat 500 has been the victim and benefactor of a wide range of tuning efforts in recent years. It’s been painted in gold, taken rally driving and even had its small engine shifted to a rear mount. But this latest tuning endeavour may prove the most interesting.
Two former Pininfarina designers have broken away and formed a new design firm called Camal and their first project involves the Fiat 500. This special version is called the 500 Marcia Corta (Italian for short gearing), with the underpinning theme to give the Bambina a classic rallying look.
The signature elements are clear and include quad rally lamps, giant grille opening and a full aero kit with side skirts, fender flares and rear ring. At the rear there’s a replacement bumper with a new integrated exhaust system. Continue reading “Ex Pininfarina designers seeking funding for Fiat 500 Marcia Corta” »
July 22nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
Fiat has revealed its latest limited edition version of the 500 city car, which will go on sale across Europe this September. Named the 500 Blackjack, the special mini car is finished in a matte black finish with some glossy black details such as the door handles, exterior mirrors, fog lamp surrounds and bumper trims. Packing the guards are 16-inch black alloy wheels with a red frame in the centre, while high-spec variants also get red brake calipers.
The interior also receives special upgrades with the seats upholstered in red leather or in black leather and fabric, special trim and silver accents are also present on the leather steering wheel and gear knob.
The 500 Blackjack can be powered by all the engines in the range including the new TwinAir 85HP 900cc two-cylinder turbo petrol.
June 23rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
2010 Trofeo Abart 500 at Oulton Park
January 25th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
In case British motorists were left with any doubt that the Fiat 500 is targeted mainly at hairdressers and teenage girls, Fiat UK has launched the special edition you see here.
Called, uncreatively the Fiat 500 Pink, the special retro-mini is, as you’d expect, decked out in pink. There’s not much more to it than that, really.
The interior is based on the ‘Lounge’ trim level, and comes with start-stop engine management, a sunroof, a black interior (with pink accents) and some special badging here and there.
Just open up the doors and put your Barbie dolls inside.
December 21st, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
Tom Ford drives the Fiat 500. Can it take the place of the Mini as the retro car of choice?
December 16th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
All aboard – Fiat’s promotion band wagon (or is that ‘band wagen’?)
December 16th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
Track footage of Fiat’s sport-tuned 500 Abarth
October 1st, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
Abarth is at it again, securing whatever models it can from the growing Fiat network and pushing them to the extreme. The performance division was designated to handle Fiat’s rally activities, and took the IRC title in its formative year with the Punto Abarth S2000. Then they turned around and put their hot Punto on the road with the 155 horsepower Punto Abarth and 180 hp Punto Abarth EsseEsse.
More recently the scorpion badge has got its hands on the Fiat 500, and have churned out more performance variants than Porsche. The 500 Abarth debuted with 133 hp, then the 500 got an EsseEsse version of its own with 160hp. The track-bound 500 Abarth Assetto Corse followed with 200 horsepower, and at the recent Frankfurt show they unveiled the 695 Tributo Ferrari (read news item). More versions are predicted, and even more are apparently on the way — but not before the rally team has had a chance to debut the new Abarth 500 R3T.
Built to Group R3T specifications, a rally formula for turbocharged cars up to 1.6-litres in engine displacement, the rally-prepped 500 packs a 1.4-litre four cylinder engine with a Garret GT 1446 fixed-geometry turbocharger, good for 180 horsepower that’s channeled through a six-speed sequential transmission with twin-plate clutch and a locking differential. 17-inch OZ alloys are mounted to an adjustable suspension set-up and Brembo disc brakes are supplemented by a hydraulic handbrake. Inside, the 500 R3T has been fitted with a full roll cage and FIA-spec racing buckets with six-point harnesses, while dry weight comes in at just 1080kg (2380 lbs), the minimum for the category.
The vehicle was introduced last weekend at the Sanremo rally, where Abarth has won two of the past three years running, and it will be used in special promotional events as part of the Assetto Corse program.