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Giannini 350 GP4 is an all-wheel drive Fiat 500 on steroids

Great things could really come in small packages. This was proven earlier this year by Giannini 350 GP, which was basically a rear-wheel drive Fiat 500 on steroids, both in looks and power. Now, Giannini, in collaboration with GRAM (Gram Torino Engineering), is rolling out a version of the Giannini 350 GP that features an all-wheel drive system – the Giannini 350 GP4.

As its name indicates, the Giannini 350 GP4 has the power sent from its engine to all four wheels. This capability is well-indicated on red “4x4” graphics on its sides. Giannini hasn’t disclosed the identity of the mill powering the 350 GP4, but as its moniker tells us, this engine is tuned to deliver 350 hp. It remains unknown whether this is the same engine that also lurks inside the rear-wheel driven 350 GP. The 350 GP is powered by the same 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that powers the Alfa Romeo 4C. This 350-hp (261 kW) powerplant is fitted on the rear – just behind the front seats -- of the 350 GP, resulting to its rear seats being removed from the tuned Fiat 500.

While the engine the of the 350 GP was installed behind the front seats, that of the 350 GP4 has been fitted underneath the front bonnet – just like that on a regular Fiat 500. This means that the space behind the rear seats has been freed up, allowing Giannini and GRAM to reinstall the rear seats. This means that the 350 GP4 could accommodate more people inside its cabin.

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This Fiat 500 a.k.a. Porsche 911 look-alike takes over the Internet

The world wide web is plagued with all kinds of bizarre events and before you know it, there’s another Facebook page with a strange picture that could go viral within seconds or so. “How Not to Design a Car”, a social media hub obviously intended for the likes of the one pictured above knows how to keep things going. As expected, they posted some images of what seems to be a strange-looking Porsche 911. But wait, that’s not even a Porsche. It’s basically a customized Fiat 500 made to resemble a Porsche 911. How clever!

Who could have done such a thing? A person from Greece apparently did this quite impressive project (others consider it a catastrophe) ----possibly in the hopes of emulating the 911’s looks as close as possible, with only a tiny car at hand. The builder practically did everything he could and placed his newly designed or should we say “Porsche-inspired” rear bumper, trunk and hood on the Fiat 500. Not appearing to be satisfied with all of these, the panels around it have been replaced with new ones too.

The Fiat car in question is not even new by the way. But so is the Porsche 911 Turbo 996 generation. Though we have to admit, each one possesses an inexplicable charm that makes people like us say a lot of things, or in this case, devote an entire article on the beleaguering subject.

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FCA earns Guinness World Record after delivering 1,495 Fiat 500s

Fiat and Italian supermarket chain Esselunga share the same values of customer-focus and uniqueness. So for the supermarket’s sixtieth anniversary, both companies teamed up and handed over a total of 1,495 Fiat 500 cars to their new owners. This event surprised many, including the Guinness World Record judge, who later on approved for it to be included in the book of records. That is a lot of giveaways!

Overall, there were 1,520 units that were supposed to be delivered to Fiat’s Mirafiori plant where the event took place. However, 25 of the winners in the Esselunga competition could not make it to the event. Fiat said that in under two days, all the cars were collected by the winners who came from several parts of Italy including: Lazio, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Liguria, Lombardy, and Piedmont.

The winners were given keys to their new Fiat 500 Esselunga. The special version 500 was made specifically for the competition in association with Fiat Design Center, thus only 1,520 units are available. The design of the car was inspired by the Lounge trim, riding on 14-inch wheels, with Paste White exterior finished paired with an Ivory interior. The 500 Esselunga features seven airbags, climate control, Uconnect 5 infotainment system, AUX-IN and USB ports, steering wheel controls, and LED daytime running lights. Under the hood comes a 1.2 liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine, which produces 69 horsepower (51 kilowatts).

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Leaked: Maserati 500 is a sporty Fiat 500

Looks like the Maserati Alfieri will be left in the dust, as another performance car will be unveiled by the Italian luxury vehicle automaker. The all-electric Maserati Alfieri concept was unveiled in 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show. The production version will have 3 V6 engine variants - the 410 hp (306 kW), a 450 bhp (336 kW) and 520 bhp (388kW). The 450 hp and 520 options will only be offered as an all-wheel drive system. A 2016 release was scheduled, but to the public's dismay, the release has been delayed to give way to the launch of the Maserati Levante. Sigh.

Previously, Aston Martin decided to venture to producing a 4 wheel-drive city car to hit the streets and it came up with a rebadged option of a Toyota/Scion IQ marketed as the Cygnet. Bearing the price tag of around £30,000, about as three times as much as the iQ, it had a 1.3L inline-four engine that produced 97 bhp (72kW; 98 PS) and emitted 110 g of CO2/km and fuel consumption of around 3.99L/100 Km.

But in September 2013, just after 2 years of production, Aston Martin representatives proclaimed that the Cygnet would be officially discontinued from the Aston Martin line-up due to its disastrously low sales with the automobile only reaching 150 unit sales in the UK (estimated to be 300 in total rather than its yearly target of 4,000). Ouch, that has got to hurt.

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When Fiat’s engineers were creating the 500 Abarth, some of them probably thought they’ve reached the limits of power. However, Pogea Racing, a German extensive tuning program, discovered what these engineers have missed, and thus produced the 405-horsepower (320 kW) 500 Abarth. Yes, this outrageous amount of power for such a small car is actually possible. The result is a vehicle the company likes to call the “Ares”. This much power is even paired with impressive aesthetics with its carbon fiber widebody kit containing the monstrous power from within.

The German tuning company uses the same a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the 500 Abarth into the Ares, but the engine modifications that they had to make in order to achieve 405 horsepower and 328 lb.-ft. of torque will help you understand why this particular vehicle is limited. Forged pistons, a bigger turbo, a new camshaft, reinforced valve springs, higher flow fuel injectors, and some parts to help improve cooling are just some of the few modifications that Pogea had to do to achieve their desired power. Moreover, so that the gearbox doesn’t fail due to the extra power, Pogea has also strengthened the innerworkings of the Ares with the help of a five-speed manual transmission housing, revised clutch, and aluminum flywheel.

During the introduction of the Ares to the press, its company founder, Eduard Pogea shared that there was hardly anything in the car that they left untouched over the 4 years that his team worked on this project.

Read the entire article Pogea Racing proves to the world that there’s more power in the Fiat 500 Abarth than meets the eye

A small but terrible one. Fiat’s performance division may not have one of the most eye-catching cars at the exhibit stands, but the latest racy compact vehicle would be a surefire hit for fans of the Fiat 500.

Dubbed as the 595 Pista (or race track in Italian), Abarth’s special edition model will be the newest addition to the brand’s ongoing 595, 595 Turismo and the more powerful 595 Competizione lineup.

Although the new Abarth 595 Pista is basically the upgraded form of the standard Fiat 500 model, the most interesting part has nothing to do with what lies under the hood. in which case, it features the same 1.4-liter T-Jet engine as that of a standard US-specified Abarth 500.

Read the entire article 2017 Abarth 595 Pista debuts at Geneva Auto Show

As a focal part of its display during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Fiat will be showcasing its long history. Fiat will be officially unveiling the 60th anniversary edition of the 500. In addition, it will also be putting on display the limited Europa version of the 124 Spider having a retro-inspired design. Fiat will also be showing new styling packages that it knows will give other models that elegance.

The production of the 500 started back on July 4, 1957, which means this year it will be marking its 60th year. The special edition of this celebrated convertible will have two-tone paint in addition to the various classic touches. For the body itself, the upper portion is in Ivory with the lower part in three-layer white. There is also a pinstripe in burgundy and gray that enhances the visuals. The chrome trim on the exterior heightens this feel even further, same with the retro Fiat logos.

The old-school effect is evident on the exterior as well, with the seats in Ivory leather and the seams in burgundy. There is also a matching trim that can be seen on the dashboard. It is fitted with an impressive host of standard features such as the automatic climate control and the navigation system with the 7-inch display screen.

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We all want to know how safe our vehicles are on the road. Of course, carmakers do brag about the safety levels of their offerings, but it’s really up to unbiased assessment agencies to tell us the real deal. In Europe, the safety levels of new cars are tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP). In fact, Euro NCAP just completed its latest round of safety tests, and the results were quite mixed.

For the latest round of testing, six vehicles underwent Euro NCAP’s stringent process: Audi Q5, Citroen C3, Fiat 500, Ford Ka+, Land Rover Discovery and Toyota C-HR. The results of the tests should make the people at Audi, Land Rover and Toyota leap for joy while leave those at Fiat and Ford scratching their heads. Euro NCAP’s overall safety rating is based on assessment in four important areas: Adult protection; Child protection; Pedestrian protection; and Safety Assist technologies. Vehicles are rated overall from one to five stars. The more stars a vehicle has, the safer it is.

According to Euro-NCAP, both the new Audi Q5 luxury SUV and Toyota C-HR subcompact crossover were able to earn five-star ratings from the assessment program, thanks to their good all-round performance. A five-star rating means these vehicles offer overall good performance in crash protection and are well-equipped with robust crash avoidance technology. In particular, the Toyota C-HR scored 95 percent for Adult protection; 77 percent for Child protection; 76 percent for Pedestrian protection; and 78 percent for Safety Assist technologies. The new Audi Q5, meanwhile, earned 93 percent for Adult protection; 86 percent for Child protection; 73 percent for Pedestrian protection; and 58 percent for Safety Assist technologies.

Read the entire article 2017 Euro NCAP crash tests: Toyota C-HR, Audi Q5 and Land Rover Discovery SUVs earn five stars

Abarth developed the Tributo XSR Concept car to mark the release of the Yamaha XSR 900 Abarth motorbike. This motorbike is the first product to be released by the two brands, both well known for creating dynamic motoring models.

Having the same style as the Yamaha XSR, the Tributo XSR is finished in red and grey livery. Looking at it, it is clear that various parts are made of carbon fiber, highlighting its kinship with that of the Yamaha XSR, particularly with the seat cover, bumper and mudguard in the front, as well as its fairing.

The similarities between the Yamaha XSR and the Tributo XSR do not stop at the style as the two also utilize the same Akrapovic ultra-light exhausts. This particular feature was first made for the racing industry and was fitted in the two as a way to enhance the performance, sonority, and personality. Confirming that the two indeed share a bond is the XSR logo that has been placed on the tailgate.

Read the entire article Abarth releases Tributo XSR Concept inspired by Yamaha XSR 900 motorbike

Fiat recently launched a new limited edition Abarth 595 Tricolore along with the release of two new short films showcasing all the three available colors for the exclusive Tricolore model. In addition, Fiat announced that only 300 cars will be produced under this Tricolore pack which, as the name suggests, is available in three colors namely; red, white or blue.

This high performance Abarth is priced at £15,150 OTR. Launching the new Tricolores are two new short films titled “The Real Italian Job”, designed to whet viewers’ appetites before the brand showcases the new model at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

The two films’ plot follows three Tricolore Abarths, one for each available color for the model, as they crisscross the cities of London and Turin in an attempt to deliver a ‘stolen’ Abarth. The Tricolore pack is fitted with a 140 hp 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 16-valve engine that comes with a five speed manual gearbox.

Read the entire article Fiat offers limited edition Abarth 595 Tricolore – only 300 to be made

FIAT 500S made its official worldwide introduction during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. This comes just months after the UK launch of the FIAT 500 back in September. The FIAT 500S, unlike the FIAT 500, has a rear spoiler, special side skirts, and sports bumpers.

Meanwhile, the door handles and the tailgate have the “Satin Graphite” finish. This same finish is also present in the mirror fairings, “moustache”, and the alloy 15-inch wheels. The company is offering as an option the new 16-inch wheels that have a matt diamond black treatment.

The chrome-finished exhaust tailpipe, the rear privacy glass, and bold rear grille form part of the exterior. Rounding up the features of the exterior are the two body colors of Electronica Blue or the new matt Green. The interior meanwhile has the seats and roof lining in black.

Read the entire article Facelifted FIAT 500S - with new looks and tech - debuts at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Abarth has announced that a limited edition of the 695 biposto Record is now available at a price of £36,610 OTR. While it will be made available worldwide, only 133 units will be manufactured, the same number as the Scorpion brand.

The finish of Record will be in the exclusive 'Modena Yellow' with the 'Tar Cold Grey' trims. However it will also have the standard aluminium bonnet and the ‘695 Record' badge enamelled to its side. Additional features include the Brembo brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels, and Akrapovic exhaust.

For the interior, an instrument panel animation has been put in. The seats are in Sabelt carbon shell with four point seatbelts. It also has a cargo net plus its very own uniquely numbered plate.

Read the entire article 2016 Abarth 695 Biposto Record special edition goes on sale for £36,610

If you wish to spend up to $50,000 to get a high performance car, you are going to find there is a huge list to pick from. Even at $40,000, there are a lot of models in the market to choose from.

Nevertheless, if your budget is not that high, it gets harder to choose a powerful car, for the list starts to fill with more and more humble options, or so it has been until now. Nowadays, the market aims to offer young buyers a vehicle that can offer them the excitement and emotion of a fast, high level performing car at more friendly prices.

Basically, the market aims to balance power with price so people can get cheaper cars without sacrificing the excitement of a high-octane performance vehicle. Although you can get a quite powerful car bellow $20,000, the range of options gets broader at prices between $20,000 and $27,000.

Read the entire article Top 10 sports cars you can buy for less than $27,000

Abarth’s 595 Competizione range will soon get a new hatchback as well as a new Cabriolet version that boasts of high performance and sophisticated technology. Power has been given a boost to 180hp and the models come with an assortment of standard equipment, which include a set of 17-inch alloy wheels with titanium finish, a throaty Record Monza exhaust system, a Brembo brake system, red brake callipers, Sabelt sports seats, Xenon headlamps, leather sports steering wheel, rear parking sensors and aluminium pedals.

Among the options are leather sports seats, Interscope audio system with four speakers and two tweeters, electric glass sunroof, and a variety of alloy wheel, body colour and stripe kit possibilities.

The new 595 Competizione, which previously had an output of 160hp, is getting a 20hp increase in power. The 595 Competizione now delivers 180hp and a maximum 250Nm of torque at 2500 rpm.

Read the entire article Abarth 595 Competizione range receives more power, new standard equipment

The new Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio has been launched in time to celebrate spring and summer. With the introduction of the cabrio version of the popular Fiat 500 1957 Edition (which first came in 2014), the Fiat brand is honouring the history of the Nuova 500.

The Fiat 500c 1957 Edition is available with a premium dual-layer power-operated cloth top, which takes inspiration from the canvas roof on the original Cinquecento. Whether the top is up or down, the driver gets to experience driving pleasure no matter what season it is.

Jason Stoicevich, Head of FIAT Brand for North America, said that the company is continuing to expand this lineup. He also said that with this cabrio version, the brand is adding open-air fun to the legendary Fiat 500 1957 Edition. The well-equipped limited-production model has a starting price of $24,700 U.S. MSRP, making it only $1,900 more expensive than a base Fiat 500c Lounge.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles ‘s production site in Tychy, Poland will commence output of restyled versions of the Fiat 500 and Lancia Ypsilon this year, two sources privy with the matter told Reuters. The move is seen to help increase volume of the models as well as offset the lost production that will occur when the site stops building the Ford Ka.

One of the sources told Reuters that the production of the models in Poland will keep its output stable when the collaboration with Ford ends by March or May 2016. A spokesman for Ford said in an e-mail it was already announced that current Ka built in Poland would go out of production in the next couple of years.

Ford unveiled a Ka concept vehicle in December 2013 and announced that a production version would be rolled out in Europe, although the carmaker was silent about is timing. The Tychy site was sidelined when FCA shifted production of the Fiat Panda to Italy in 2011 as it tried to appease politicians eager to protect jobs.

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Jason Stoicevich, head of the Fiat brand in North America, is confident that an optional automatic gearbox for the Fiat 500 Abarth would attract more customers. He remarked that Abarth’s sales in the US surged 16 percent so far this year, despite offering only a manual transmission.

He said that those who don’t buy the Abarth usually bemoan the lack of an automatic transmission. “That was the only reason for rejection,” Stoicevich said. Chrysler Group started producing Fiat 500 Abarths fitted with six-speed Aisin automatic transmissions this month in Mexico.

Matt Davis, chief of marketing for the Fiat brand in North America, quipped that Abarths with automatic gearbox are expected to be rolled out to Fiat’s US dealers in July. Davis said that the automatic transmission opens up a “breadth of opportunity for millennials and Gen Xers” who don’t know how to drive a manual or prefer an automatic.

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Fiat is spending PLN2.36 billion ($784 million) to upgrade its Tychy site in Poland to build the for its Punto replacement that will arrive in 2016, according to a report by Puls Biznesu. The new car – which could be named as 500 Plus -- will be a longer and wider version of the Fiat 500 three-door minicar that is also built in Tychy, sources told Automotive News Europe.

The Punto replacement will slot between the 3545mm three-door 500 hatchback and the 4150mm 500L small minivan. Fiat is planning to produce 180,000 units annually of the new car, which should be the answer to Fiat’s quest for a successor to its aging Punto.

Fiat posted a 22-percent drop in sales of the Puntos in Europe in 2013 to 103,822, according to JATO Dynamics market researchers. Fiat’s investment in Tychy will entail an upgrade of production lines and installation of new technology, according to Puls Biznesu and will result to the hiring of 420 new employees to boost its 3,000-strong workforce in Poland.

Read the entire article Fiat spending $784 million for Poland site to prepare for 500 Plus/Punto successor

Fiat plans to offer six-speed Aisin automatic transmission as an option in 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and Turbo models in the United States, according to Jason Stoicevich, head of the brand in North America. The option will be available after the models go into production in July. Brand executives have remarked the automatic will further the models' sales appeal.

The Fiat 500 Abarth, which has been available only with a manual gearbox since it was launched in 2012, accounts for around 15 percent of Fiat 500 sales. According to Stoicevich, one of the factors why Fiat customers don’t opt for the Abarth is the lack of automatic, noting young people just “don't drive a manual transmission."

He added that the addition of an automatic could boost sales of the performance versions by up to 50 percent. Stoicevich remarked that versions of the MY2015 500 will also feature a new 7-inch electronic display in its instrument cluster.

Read the entire article Automatic gearbox is now optional on 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and Turbo

2014 Geneva Motor Show came with a big surprise for all the Fiat fans as the Italian carmaker unveiled the fastest street legal Abarth ever. This year’s Geneva Motor Show also marks 50 years since the debut of the original Fiat Abarth 695, which took place at the same show.

Dubbed Abarth 695 Biposto, the small pocket rocket is powered by a 1.4 T-Jet engine that generates 190 hp and can push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.9 seconds and to a top speed of 230 km/h or 143 mph. Moreover, the Abarth 695 Biposto has a weight-to-power ration of 5.2 kg/hp as it weighs only 997 kg.

The new Abarth 695 Biposto is a fusion of street and race car, a road-going interpretation of the well-known Abarth 695 Assetto Corse which competed on the most famous European racetracks. According to Fiat, the new Abarth 695 Biposto is not a limited edition, but it is a car for special drivers and for those who want to show that they know hot to drive it.

Read the entire article 2014 Geneva Motor Show: Abarth debuts the 695 Biposto
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