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Every Fiat 500 is now a turbo

by David Zatz on

The 2018 Fiat 500 line is turbocharged — with every single model getting the 1.4 turbo engine, which was first available only on the Abarth.

There are three trim levels — Pop, Lounge, and Abarth. The Pop and Lounge have a lighter-pressure version of the 1.4 turbo engine used the Abarth, producing 135 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque.  The 2017 engines generated 101 horsepower. Transmissions remain a five-speed manual and six-speed automatic.

To go with the extra power, the Pop and Lounge will get 16-inch aluminum wheels, a better braking system, sport suspension, and federally mandated backup camera. On the outside, they will have body-color front and rear fascias, side-sill ground effects, a sport spoiler, fog lamps, and “Turbo” badging on the liftgate.

The Fiat 500 Abarth keeps its 160 horsepower and 183 pound-foot rating, and specially tuned suspension. The Abarth also gets three-mode electronic stability control with torque transfer control for on-throttle cornering, Pirelli tires with red brake calipers, and a concentric “double-tip” dual exhaust. Inside, the Abarth keeps unique seats with large side bolsters, a racing-harness pass through, accent stitching, and side-thorax air bags.

Buyers and lessees of the Abarth also get a free day of high-performance driving lessons at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.

Three new late-availability colors are brilliant red, Mezzanotte Blue Pearl, and Vesuvio Black Pearl; and buyers can choose a Cabrio version of any of the three trims. The 2018 Fiat 500s can be ordered this month and will arrive in the second quarter.


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