Style now has added hi-tech
Fiat has released the refreshed version of its popular 500 supermini. The car boasts style, comfort and technological enhancements for 2014.
A key new feature is the market-first seven-inch digital instrument display, which is said to combine cutting-edge technology without disrupting the aesthetics of the cabin.
Standard on 500S and Cult models, the layout of the speedometer, rev counter and trip computer will be familiar to existing 500 fans, but the centre of the display – which contains a digital image of the car – can be configured to show various trip computer readouts, including distance travelled, instant fuel consumption and range, among other examples.
Along with more technology, the latest 500 boasts a new 105 horsepower TwinAir turbo petrol engine. This motor heads a line-up that includes regular four-cylinder petrol and diesel units carried over from the previous 500.
Pricing for the revised 500 starts at £10,160 for the 1.2 Pop variant, while the top of the range Cult specification starts at £13,060. New colours, more technology and a host of other changes feature in the latest range of Abarth 500 cars for 2014.
The new range has just been launched as part of a tie-in with the infamous Gumball 3000 supercar event, which visited Edinburgh and London recently as part of an international tour.
While the endurance road trip featured some of the world’s most exotic supercars, many of the loudest cheers were reserved for the fleet of Abarths – including the new 695 biposto, a 595 Competizione and 595 Turismo.
It was the first time British crowds had seen the 190hp biposto on the road. The “most extreme” Abarth has a top speed of 143mph and accelerates from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds. It features a special “Grey Performance” paint colour, front, rear and roof spoilers and can be specified with options such as a lightweight aluminium bonnet, carbon fibre detailing and racing seatbelts.
The 595 Turismo is powered by a 160hp version of Abarth’s 1.4-litre turbocharged T-Jet engine and gets leather sports seats, 17-inch 10-spoke diamond cut alloy wheels. A similar engine powers the 595 Competitizione.
The entire range receives a new instrument panel with seven-inch digital display. The display has two modes: ‘normal’ for information such as fuel consumption and ‘sport’ which shows data such as longitudinal/lateral acceleration.
The Abarth 500 range starts at £14,560 for the 1.4 T-Jet 135hp, rising to £32,990 (OTR) for the 695 biposto 1.4 T-Jet 190hp. The Fiat 500 Cult is the latest addition to the range, over and above what’s already there.
More kit, a higher-power engine option and more luxury than a car of this size has any right to indulge itself in are all on the menu.
The Cult is named after what the car itself has created over the years since its reprisal from the deeps of history.
In the words of its Italian makers it’s the 500 for those people who want the best of everything about the 500, and don’t mind paying for it.