The 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo

2013 Fiat 500 Turbo brings budget performance to the Fiat family


Today at the Concorso Italiano in Monterey California, the Fiat brand introduced the 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo – a performance model designed to bridge the gap between the standard Fiat 500 and the high performance Fiat 500 Abarth – with 34mpg and a price under $20k.

The heart of the 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo is the 1.4L turbocharged, twin intercooled MultiAir 4-cylinder engine which sends 135 horsepower and 150lb-ft of torque to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission. This motor offers a considerable increase in power over the standard Fiat 500 (which makes 101hp and 98lb-ft of torque) while leaving a comfortable gap between itself and the high performance Fiat 500 Abarth that packs 160hp and 170lb-ft of torque. The 1.4L turbocharged engine in the 500 Turbo also features a sport tuned exhaust system that I hope offers the incredible exhaust tone of the 500 Abarth.

The 5-speed manual transmission in the 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo is designed for high performance, with a 3.35 final drive ratio helping to offer improved acceleration over the standard 500. The 500 Turbo is equipped with larger half shafts to help battle torque steer under hard acceleration while stronger CV joints help put the power to the wheels more reliably. While this drivetrain doesn’t offer quite as impressive fuel economy figures of the lower performance 500, Fiat expects that the 500 Turbo will still reach 34 miles per gallon on the highway. The standard Fiat 500 with the manual transmission offers 38mpg on the highway.

The 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo sounds like an engine package but the engineers didn’t stop there, adding a sport tuned suspension setup with a sportier steering calibration. The 500 Turbo wears unique 16” lightweight wheels with black painted pockets with high performance braking components tucked behind with massive 11.1” brake rotors in the front and red painted calipers all around. All said, the 2013 500 Turbo should packed handling capacities that are just as impressive as the acceleration of this sporty subcompact.

"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."

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