The most impressive small car to ever hit the streets is due to return later on in the year, the Fiat 500 ridiculed by some and loved by others has been given the Fiat treatment, and it has to said is looking good.
Way back in the fifties the very first Fiat 500 was produced, this little Italian became an icon for style, chic and most importantly fun, designed by the mighty FIAT at their centre in Turin, the original Fiat 500 was first put on show on the 4th July 1957, the all new Fiat 500 will also be put on show for the first in Turin on the 4th July 2007, exactly fifty years to the day, what a way to celebrate an anniversary.
The new Fiat 500 will of course be slightly different to its predecessor, the car will be powered by three different engines, the 1.3-litre Multi jet turbo diesel engine with 75 ps, the 1.2 8v engine with 69 ps and the 1.4 16v engine with 100 ps. All will be coupled with 5 or 6-speed manual gearboxes. But being Fiat they just could not produce a new car without the addition of a sporty Abarth version, and true to form there will be an Abarth version of the Fiat 500, but there is no news of what will power it, however by looking at the current range of Fiat model it is not hard to see which engine would be the favourite, the Bravo 1.4 engine which once been given the Abarth treatment would produce some pretty impressive power results.
Once this car has been shown at the motor shows and there are a few on the road, I think it fair to say that the new Fiat 500 is going to take some beating, it is fun and it is very stylish typically Fiat which will probably secure the company’s domination of the small car market for some time to come.
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