Setting the city aflame in the 2012 Fiat 500 Sport
If the Cabriolet model we wrote about last week has XX chromosomes, this hot-blooded cousin is definitely of the XY persuasion. It is a marvelous choice for the young male urbanite – ribald, racy and yet slightly sensible.
You notice the XY chromosomes with one sequence through the gears – if you don’t get if from the black interior with red accents and cloth seat trimmed in a color best conveyed as the hue of dried blood.
The 2012 Fiat 500 Sport is tuned for performance – a higher, more instant output from the 1.4-liter inline MultiAir engine and a stiffer, sportier suspension – ready to whip through urban traffic like a pinball that bounces of the bumpers without touching them.
It fiery red color goes well with its hot-blooded character and can get the blood racing in an old dog recalling the glory of his playful puppyhood. In simple terms, this little car is way fun to drive.
Given that, the specification sheet contained a surprise when I checked the price. The basic cost for the 2012 Fiat 500 Sport is only $17,500 and with the five-speed manual transmission it gets 34-mpg combined. Maybe better if its genetics don’t give you a heavy right foot.