2013 Fiat 500 Turbo makes its debut

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 20, 2012

Fiat Brand has launched the new 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo, which is equipped with a 135hp 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, sport-tuned suspension, track-proven brakes, dynamic exterior design and an interior with sporty styling. The new Fiat 500 Turbo is targeted at fans who like the Fiat 500’s Italian style but are hoping to acquire more power and performance for their daily drive.

The new 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo’s front fascia is designed for performance. It comes with a single turbocharger, twin intercoolers and sport-tuned exhaust to boost its power by 34% (when comparing 135hp vs. 101hp). Its torque is also 53% higher (150 compared to 98 lb.-ft) compared to the naturally aspirated 1.4-liter MultiAir engine of the Fiat 500.

The Fiat 500 Turbo is mated to the track-proven C510 five-speed manual transmission with a 3.35 final-drive gear ratio to achieve quick acceleration and faster top speed, while being able to achieve up to 34 mpg on the highway. This makes it ideal for high-output uses. Furthermore, the enhanced powertrain has an intermediate shaft with equal-length and (28.1 mm vs. 22.8 mm diameter in the Fiat 500) half shafts that are 23% bigger to alleviate torque steer.

The new 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine offers more power and torque and to manage that, it has bigger constant velocity (CV) joints with 53% higher torsional strength (2600 Nm vs. 1700 Nm in the Fiat 500) to deliver more durability and refinement. The new 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo has a much bolder appearance with its prominent front fascia that is positioned 2.7 inches forward of the Cinquecento’s signature “whiskers and logo” face to hold the new 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine.

The Fiat 500 Turbo has bolder side skirts to make a more vertical bodyside profile, while also improving its iconic Cinquecento shape. There is a liftgate-mounted spoiler at the rear that extends the roofline of the Fiat 500 Turbo and enhances the aerodynamic behaviour of the hatchback .The 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo will hit the dealerships this fall with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $19,500 excluding $700 destination charge.

Press Release

New 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo: a New Flavor Hits the Sweet Spot in the Cinquecento Line-up

Today at the Concorso Italiano – one of the largest gatherings of Italian vehicles in North America – the FIAT Brand introduced the new 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo, touting a 135-horsepower 1.4-liter MultiAir® Turbo engine, sport-tuned suspension, track-proven brakes, dynamic exterior design and sport-styled interior. The new Fiat 500 Turbo answers the call for enthusiasts who are drawn to the Italian style of the Fiat 500 but want more power and performance for their daily drive.

"We listened to our customers" said Tim Kuniskis, Head of FIAT Brand North America. "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. The Fiat 500 Turbo balances and blends the best Italian flavors that our portfolio has to offer, becoming the perfect canvas for customization."

New 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo

Behind its performance-designed front fascia, the new 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo features a single turbocharger, twin intercoolers and sport-tuned exhaust to deliver 34 percent more power (135 vs. 101 horsepower) and 53 percent more torque (150 vs. 98 lb.-ft.) compared to the Fiat 500's naturally aspirated 1.4-liter MultiAir engine.

Developed for high-output applications, the Fiat 500 Turbo 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, while achieving up to 34 mpg highway. In addition, the beefed-up powertrain features an intermediate shaft with equal-length and 23 percent 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 percent greater torsional strength (2600 N•m vs. 1700 N•m in the Fiat 500) deliver added durability and refinement.

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). Finishing off the front are new Gloss Black headlamps and parking lamp bezels for a more menacing look.

The Fiat 500 Turbo features bolder side skirts to create a more vertical bodyside profile, while also enhancing its iconic Cinquecento shape. Behind the unique 16-inch aluminum wheels with Nero (black) painted pockets, 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 unique 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. New taillamps with Gloss Black bezels replace chromed units for a discrete look. Below, the two-piece rear fascia accentuates the road-holding stance of the Fiat 500 Turbo with a black-accented rear diffuser designed to optimize airflow, while a new sport-tuned exhaust provides an enthusiast-desired sound.

Exterior colors for the 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo include Argento (silver), Bianco (white), Grigio (gray), Nero (black), Rame (copper), Rosso (red) and all-new Verde Azzurro (green & blue.)

Inside, the new Fiat 500 Turbo features sport-styled seating, sport-designed leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel accented with Argento (silver) stitching, and a Grigio/Nero (gray/black) seating and interior environment. For an even more upscale look, heated leather seating in Nero/Nero (black/black) or vivid Rosso/Nero (red/black) is available.

The 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo arrives to FIAT Studios this fall with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $19,500 excluding $700 destination charge.

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